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Kinobes second album starts off in a very laid back manner compared to the scrathy beaty beginning of their previous album, Soundphiles. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album, as Kinobe have moved far more into the easy listening chilled out style that was present in some of the tracks on Soundphiles. However, the exciting beats which for me were a high point of the Kinobe sound have been toned down a fair bit, and some of the tracks feel a little weak as a result. If its laid back melodies you are after, then this is the album for you, but don't expect it it to be the best album you've ever owned.
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on 31 March 2002
This album seems to have been slated just for being different to its predecessor, which is quite a narrow-minded approach, I think. I bought this album first, and while it took a while to get into, it's an incredibly worthwhile addition to my collection.
Kinobe have made this album much more varied than their last, which I thought was fantastic...if a little one-dimensional. Here they show that they're not just another chill-out band with a tune from 'that' advert. Laid back hip-hop beats are mixed with sublime melodies and a healthy dose of funkyness. Ignore the doubters, if you want an album more varied and individual than the standard chill-out stuff, Buy it!
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on 6 November 2001
"Slip into something.." The tune that launched a thousand chill out compilations, sold French beer to the english and a sexy soundtrack to many a relaxed evening.
Kinobe at their best.
So when I bought "verse.." I hoped that those horizontal heights would be reached once more. But it seems that with their latest offering they've let me down.
Like Soundphiles before it, it is a mixed bag, but without the handfull of gems the first album offered.
That's not to say Verse..is a bad album, because it's not. "Having a moment", "summer in the studio"(despite lyrics like "knocking in goals like Paul Scholes"), "mama's girl" and "the woodsman" are all decent enough tunes, mixing various styles together successfully, and differing the tempos enough to keep things interesting, but all in all it never quite captures the imagination in the way some of their previous work did.
It's a case of "shows promise, but must try harder".
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on 29 May 2007
I wouldn't really class this as a chill out album.

I am a big fan of chill out and this is not typical of that kind of laid back style. Too much vocal in many of the songs - it is very Massive Attack style but without alot of their class. If you like blue states and Lemon jelly then you may find yourself slightly disappointed.

But don't let my review put you off too much - there still is a lot of good in this album - such as G Spot. But that is nearly about it. But that is just my taste. Yours may be a little different. Too many vocals!!!
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on 3 December 2003
While i agree with the other reviewers that this album is very different from Soundphiles this does not make it a bad album.
It took me over a year to pluck up the courage to spend my hard earned cash on this and now i have i'm glad i did.
It offers a bigger mix of 'Chillout' music while still offering tracks similar to 'Slip into Something'. There is both Funkyness and laid back chords.
The stand out track is G#Spot which is worth the money on its own. Seven minutes of absolute Bliss. Buy it now and make up your own mind
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on 23 October 2001
the First ablum is wonderful, mixing hip-hop with chill-out and groovy feel good music. this..... well this is a troubled second album with a rather directionless feel. Not a lot stands out, nothing offends, very little interests.
basicaly .... dinner party music for thirty-somethings looking to impress. I wanted more oh so much more.
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