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Formica Blues [Limited Edition]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2001
There is some music which you do not simply listen to, but which you experience. Formica blues is one such album. If you enjoy zero 7, Air or the Hed Kandi range, you must buy this. No weak tracks, simply magnificent ones. Few music feels so emotionally charged. Do not be influenced by advertising executives, be influenced by your heart and your soul. This is compulsory listening material.
Best served:In the dark/chilled and at cool temperatures. With the person you love
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2000
Formica Blues is a stunning piece of work. It has spent the 2 years (nearly) since release in my CD changer. There are no bad tracks. This is premier league mood music. Production values to die for.
Entering a review now because i have just been searching to see if there was any sign of a further release, but to no avail.
If you like the the style and the mood try listening to belgian duo HOOVERPHONIC's album BLUE WONDER POWER MILK. Their second album is v.good too.
If you like the mood go for either of the 2 MOORCHEEBA albums or MOON SAFARI/PREMIER SYMPTOMES by AIR.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2000
I remember the music from the Rover 25 Car advert and couldn't for one second get it out of my mind.
Life in Mono, is a wonderful precursor to what is a truly Beautiful album. A selection of really addictive tunes add to this superb starter. The Result: Something that you will want to listen to over and over again, Something that really will enhance your life, and all in all will make you a better, more mellow person.
And not a bad thing too.
Get back a little soul: Be more Mono.
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VINE VOICEon 15 October 2013
I caught the first track of the wonderful CD when watching 'Great Expectations' the other day. I have to tell you that it's the best fiver I have spent for some time. Without doubt the first track `Life in Mono' is truly amazing, and when listening to the album I cannot get past it because I need to hear it again!

I'm struggling to think why this is the case. For sure it's beautifully sung and precisely pitched. It has a massive appeal and has such far-ranging connotations. There's a bit of Dido in there and also those amazing TV programmes with wonderful themes like The Persuaders, Department S and Randall and Hopkirk. Think, too, of those big-budget films with the wonderful scores that would have you whistling along for days after you left the cinema. In addition there seems to be more than a French influence with the smoky breath and the beautifully crafted love-film in the days when Audrey Hepburn dazzled in little shift dresses and Grace Kelly in flowing skirts (sorry!) and we looked at the quality of the acting, not the scale of the special-effects.

Yes, there is such an eclectic mix in there, and you realise that though it may mimic and remind - it surpasses all of these `pretenders' on every level.
Much more than all this, however; in that quiet night, when we live inside ourselves and we visit and revisit some of those memories, some good, some not so; that we will be compelled to think of from time to time - then, simply, this is the song you'll want.
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on 20 September 2005
I fall completely in love with Great Expectations film, and thats when I listened to Life in Mono for the first time. Even when this song isnt the main theme for the motion picture it was the soundtrack at its best. Almost ten years later I got the album. Formica Blues didnt dissapoint me at all, since I was looking for an album that made me feel sad on purpose. This guy Martin Virgo, he is a genius, and he totally portrays my desesperation, sadness, anger and dissapointment, and Siobahn de Mare 's voice really makes you feel like you can commit suicide right there. The rest of the songs are kinda different. Silicone is wonderful. Its almost as sad as Life in Mono. The rest of the songs are pretty good. Its original, its modern, its like french, its electronic, but what I consider to be Mono 's most distinctive thing is that their songs are really, truely sad, melancolic, depressing and POWERFUL. No one's songs are sadder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2000
Affecting, atmospheric and potentially life-changing. Formica Blues, with its haunting melodies, Get Carter-like early 70's retro tinges and spine-tingling rhythms, immediately became the soundtrack to my existence for weeks on end.
Add this to your shopping basket and indulge in aural ecstasy.
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on 29 November 1999
Mono, in this CD have delivered a much needed breath of fresh air into an otherwise 'me to' style factory which is today's pop. Bjork can thank Martin Virgo (one half of Mono!)for a leg up to success as he played a major role in the sound and style of Debut, her first CD. This feeling re-birthed in new dimensions gushes from every track. I will never understand why Mono have so far not made third base in musicland- they really deserve to and obviously have a lot more to offer in the future. Maybe its the shadows cast by Porteshead's popularity, a timing thing. This is one of the best recordings to come out of the 90's.....I crave more! Do your ears a favour and check it out!
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on 8 August 2008
This is one of my favourite albums of all time. Track 1 (Life in Mono) is easily my favourite track ever and it gets me every time I listen to it. Tracks 1,2,4 and 9 are all excellent. Considering no-one I know has ever heard of Mono it always makes me smile when someone hears it and asks what it is. If you fancy a gamble on buying something you've not heard of before, this is it.
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on 6 February 2010
... I wouldn't rave about it though. There are one or two very decent jazzy tunes which have a Satie like quality, otherwise a fairly quiet unassuming piece of work which makes good background sounds while you're having a dinner party. I like it
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on 30 November 1999
This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. It's mellow and really chills you out. Everyone must rush out and buy it now!
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