on 20 April 2001
Luke Vibert (aka Wagon Christ, aka Plug) is a genius. I reckon he's one of the most original and interesting dance musicians out there. You won't hear anything as quirky, yet wonderfully layered and bouncy, anywhere else. That said, Musipal is not his best work. It doesn't stray from the style of Tally Ho!, which would be fine if it was just as good, but it isn't. It's still a good album, but there are a few too many songs that aren't special.
If you don't have anything by Mr Vibert, go and get Tally Ho!, which is fantastic, and Big Soup, which is one of my favourite records ever. Well worth checking out too is his collaboration with slide guitar legend BJ Cole, Stop The Panic. On the face of it a daft combo, but one that works brilliantly.
on 17 September 2009
This album is one for the fans of Wagon Christ, I think. Unlike Tally Ho! which is more interesting and accessible, Musipal is perhaps a little too eclectic to be as satisfying. There are one or two stand-out tracks ("Receiver" is perhaps the best example) but, as others have said, this album has a slightly uneven feel to it because it dips in and out of various genres such as break beat, sampling and scratching. This work is quite reminiscent of Amon Tobin which is both good and bad in equal measure. As hinted at by another release ("Shadows", which is not on this album), Wagon Christ clearly has a darker, more melancholy side which I would love to experience. Musipal is a little too cheerful and bouncy to reveal that, so I shall keep looking...
on 24 January 2010
Yes, the album veers between different styles making it difficult to pigeonhole, but as a whole it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A playful use of samples is evident throughout with a jazzy feel and great basslines. The breakbeats compliment rather than dominate proceedings. Never challenging but always engaging. Recommended.
on 11 April 2001
This is quite an interesting album, very well produced and quite addictive but unfortunately flawed - but depending on taste. It is very trip hop - a genre I find hard to describe but this is it, and despite the absense of vocals it has the warmth and production which distinguishes it from (instrumental) hip hop. Vibert uses sampling a lot and with mixed effect: on Thick Stew he creates a benchmark standard for innovative, interesting breakbeat whilst on tracks such as The Premise, Receiver and various others on the second half of the CD the effect his almost shockingly cheesy (something I find hard to tolerate!) hence these are tracks which I can appreciate technically but cannot "like". Natural Suction is an epic jungle masterpiece, for which my words cannot do justice, but unfortunately the dark breakbeats found here are in isolation on Musipal. So, overall: well listen and decide for yourself, it is a good album and for some reason quite cheap too! By the way can anyone out there compare this to Tally Ho Wagon Christ's other album - would they recommend it?