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5.0 out of 5 stars Guinness with African chaser, 2 Feb 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
Having seen the Afro Celts live in London in 2003, buying their back catalogue was high on my agenda. This, the second album, is my favourite. Imagine a powerful combination of techno synths and Asian and African drums (on stage, they have anything up to four percussionists at any one time) to lay the foundations, with soft, floating Irish pipes, whistles and mellifluous vocals layered on top to chill the soul. At once muscular dance music with a gentle brogue - a pint of Guinness with a stiff chaser of African brew!
This collections starts with the gorgeous Release, aided by Sinead O'Connor, but the really rousing stuff comes towards the end. I just adore the first half of Riding the Waves - spooky, haunting guitar and synth riff, persistant beats from talking drum and a bounty of other percussive instruments - sounding like the theme to a particularly atmospheric gangster thriller - before the vocals soften the effect.
If you get the rare chance, see this band live, but in the meantime this is a fine way to introduce yourself to their material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ear candy, 7 Mar 2003
This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
I heard a track by ACSS by complete chance while surfing an online radio station, and was captivated by its rich mix of celtic sounds and african rhythms - so much so that I sought out this album. There is no doubt that it has surpassed my wildest expectations - the subtle blend of complex drum beats, traditional instruments, haunting vocals, raw african voices and the sheer energy of the performance lifts you to new heights of pleasure.
Uplifting yet mellow, raw yet musically accomplished - an eclectic fusion which can't fail to get your foot tapping and your body moving!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - like Peter Gabriel on steriods!, 31 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
I heard this CD for the first time after reading a rave review of their August concert at the Filmore in San Francisco. I must say, it quite literally blew me away. This is easily the best and most inventive album I've heard in many a year. I'm now a confirmed fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars African Drums + Celtic Folk + Drum & Bass = excellent!, 7 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
This album combines styles from around the world with deep electronic basslines and hard-hitting drum machines. This is what "World Music" should be; taking ideas and sounds from around the world without trying to fit it into Western composition - they don't simply take African drums, sample them and try and fit them to a 4/4 drum machine. Instead, they cleverly take each of the styles and carefully combine them to create a complex structure.
The clever programming has payed off, though - Volume 2 is an amazing peice of work. It's far more Drum & Bass than the first one, but that's more my style. Excellent - buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't fail to want to dance to this one!, 3 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
Fusing instruments and styles from all over the world, though with a heavy leaning towards Celtic pipe, African drums and Arabic chants, this is an album of pure joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin!!, 9 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
Interesting, exciting, groovy. Takes a few listens to get into, but always gives you something new.
A little bit Irish, a little bit African, lots of drums, haunting vocals, mandolins and more. Get it you won't be disappointed. (Unless you don't like any of the above)
Also superb PC application for blending your own sounds - worth the money just on its own!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime music for non-purists., 17 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
Afro-Celt is a unique project that might well have been a failure. Is there any intrinsic link between these two musical traditions? Afro-blues and afro-jazz link-ups often work because of shared cultural roots, not really the case with celtic and african music. What is acheived on Release should be judged on it's own merits and listened to with fresh ears without bothering too much about where it all comes from - it is not music for purists. What comes over is the spirit, enjoyment and commitment of the participants. The music is uplifting, exhilarating and on occasion, sublime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of modern dance and ethnic traditions, 2 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
Loved this album as soon as the first track started. Great combination of modern sounds, fused with African and Irish traditional music. Totally uplifting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless, 26 Jun 2000
This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
One of the best albums ever. Some of the songs left me speechless. Moving, dancing, living, breathing MAGIC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars World gets Smaller as Far-reaching Cultures Fuse, 30 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Afro Celt Sound System Vol.2: Release (Audio CD)
As the globe gets smaller and smaller, music reflects some of the cultural, musical and linguistic fusion which will inevitably follow. Afro Celt Sound System choses to fuse two distanced musical styles and marries them very successfully into a melting pot of sounds. The music is relaxing, whilst at the same time uplifting and manages to vary enough to keep you on your aural toes.
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