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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movement In Still Life Add On...
It seems this CD has been released under the Ministry label for the UK market. Across the atlantic, BT has been plugging what you could call the american version of this album; Rare & Remixed (except its on 2 CDs, its MUCH longer with more variety).
Still life in motion is a collection of tracks from the special edition of MISL bonus cd (which i dont have, but my...
Published on 11 Dec 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
It's a bad buy when you prefer the re-mixes to the original songs, but SLIM seams to me to be a clear out of avarage songs, filled in with a couple of well known ones, trax 2 & 4, and re-mixes. I can only listen to the album after track 6, the WOW mix of shame, only then does it go anywhere. Perhaps I expect to much from Mr. B.T. but with his previous albums being so...
Published on 19 Feb 2002


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movement In Still Life Add On..., 11 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
It seems this CD has been released under the Ministry label for the UK market. Across the atlantic, BT has been plugging what you could call the american version of this album; Rare & Remixed (except its on 2 CDs, its MUCH longer with more variety).
Still life in motion is a collection of tracks from the special edition of MISL bonus cd (which i dont have, but my brother does)plus one from the original MISL (Madskilz) and some excellent remixes of these tracks by the likes of the brilliant Way Out West, Bent, Plump DJs and Steve Lawler. Unlike previous BT albums, the tracks are not mixed in BTs trademark seemless style.
People looking at the track listings might feel put off by the fact that several tracks on the cd more than once. Dont. Thats part of the appeal. Its amazing different people working on the track "Shame" have made it sound so different, yet in keeping with BTs flawless production skills and sound. You really can hear Bent coming through on their mix, yet BT is still there too. It makes for some breathtaking music.
My favourite tracks on the CD have to be "Never Gonna Come Back Down" which reminds me a fair bit of the Chemical brothers.. its a big, catchy get up and groove breakbeat tune, which is very accessable.
Second is the WOW mix of Shame. Its simply beautiful. It blends trancey over tones with piano chords to a solid yet some how mellow house beat. This track seems to have strong ties back to ESCM, which is good and gives some nice variation to the cd.
An unexpected track is Love on Haight Street, a Hip-hop tune featuring vocals by Rasco and Fifty Grand, and some superb scratching by Peanut Butter Wolf (if thats ur kinda thing). Im no great Hip-Hop fan, but again BT's production and arrangment skill comes into play and he makes the track sound superb. To be honest none of the vocals on this album are stunning, but thats not the point with BT's music. Its about the sounds, not the individual words and lyrics.
So to sum things up. A great cd which showcases some of the new styles that BT played with in MISL, and of course probably the main reason for buying this - the remixes. However, If you already have the MISL bonus cd, you might want to go check out Rare & Remixed instead. Most of the tracks on Still Life in Motion are on it too...
And for all those who dont know who BT is... well the man is a pure musical genius. His albums are the pride of my collection. Go listen to IMA, ESCM, MISL, learn and enjoy... Nuff said
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gonna disappoint...., 15 Dec 2001
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Mr I A Collinson (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
I was always a bit miffed at how different versions of 'Movement In Still Life' were released in different regions. In America they complained the version they had excluded some tracks, and vice-versa. So finally for us Brits here's a chance to here some of BT's work that we've been denied thus far.
I agree that SLIM is more of a 'bonus' CD to MISL that we didn't get first time round.
'Shame' was nothing like I'd expected (having only come across the ambient 'Bent' remix on a Ministry Compilation) but quickly it became a real grower. Seems BT also has quite a flair for lyrics & vocals as well as progressive beats & breaks. It'd make a great single over here.
'Never Gonna Come Back Down' was a real sleeper when it was released here unfortunately, hardly troubling the charts. Should it have garnered some more airplay than people would have realised what they were missing. NGCBD here is presented here in its full 5-minute+ glory, oh yes.
'Smartbomb' is just that; heavy slabs of beats meshed with squelching bass. Best played at a crazy volume...
'Madskillz...' was one of my favourite MISL tracks - some mad vocals over pounding beats culminating in a truly mesmerising breakdown. This is one of the tracks that converted many a mate of mine to BT's genius.
Then it's a change of gear down into 'Love On Haight Street'. This was another BT track completely new to my ears. A Groove Armada-esque downbeat/hip-hop blend; it's a real head-nodder!
The WOW mix of 'Shame' turns the guitar-driven original into a full-on tech-trance workout. Deep & dark this is one for driving at night...
As if 'Smartbomb' couldn't get any edgier along come the Plump DJ's with beats & breaks slung very low. Cutting edge stuff, clichéd as that may sound these days. Very harsh on the ears to some, pure dancefloor fuel to others.
My favourite mix of 'Never Gonna...' thus far has to be Hybrid's tech/breakbeat working from the single. This is perhaps the weakest mix on this CD, but even then it wipe's the floor with an average dance mix. Damn good all the same.
Bent's remix of 'Shame' is a nice ambient closer. Having only heard the instrumental before I was curious to hear the vocals melded as well. If the whole CD is a mad night out from start to finish then this final track is the perfect post-club comedown.
BT, like Orbital, may be criminally overlooked when it comes to those who have changed the face of dance music. It's said that it's the "quiet ones who change the universe, the loud ones just take all the credit..." Well once again BT is 'quietly' pushing the boundaries. Others will get there later and claim the new sub-genre as their own, but you'll always hear it here first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tastual Mini-album from BT, 24 Nov 2002
This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
This CD is a nice surprise that I found when I bought ESCM the same day. It is a rock/breakbeat mixture at fist, followed by some deep house, breakbeat and chillout remixes later. 'Shame' is a commecial-sounding, soft rock number, with BT on the vocals, followed by Never Gonna Come Back Down, a funky, guitar-tinged track with the vocals of M. Doughty on top. A great track with a big sense of fun about it. Next up is 'Smartbomb' and 'Madskillz-Micchecka' with the fomer giving off a hip-rock summery vibe, and the latter a phat, phunky (sorry...lol) and bassy song that oozes class. 'Love on Haight Street' up next is a ambient, mellow hip-hop track featuring rascoe and fifty grand. The remixes are up next, with the Way Out West remix of Shame, that transforms the original into a subtle deep house affair. The Plumps turn 'Smartbomb' into a huge, hard and unrelenting breakbeat track that eases up only to let the melody in before banging back in and breaking down. Following this is the weakest song, Never Gonna Come Back Down remixed by Steve Lawler, whihc is hard and funky house, but a bit uninspiring and lacklustre. The album closes with the Bent emix of Shame, who take the opposite to Way Out West and change it into a downbeat, uplifting track wrapping the vocals round the atmospherics to great effect.
All in all, a nice little package that shows off BT's more ecelectic side
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely fantastic mini album, 16 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
BT released Movement In Still Life back in November '99 in the UK, since then he has released a few other versions of the album, including a radically different version in the US. It was different because in the US market, radio airplay is more important than in other markets, and the US version was more radio and generally american friendly. Still Life In Motion gives BT's many UK fans their first (official) chance to here songs such as "Shame", "Smartbomb", "Love On Haight Street" and the recently released "Never Gonna Come Back Down". As well as these "new" tracks you get a shortened version of "Madskillz-Mic Chekka" (again, it's more radio friendly) and a bunch of great remixes. Most of all, this album is fantastic value, when it could have easilly been sold at a much higher price point, which is a decision that I deeply respect. A must for all fans of BT's music.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 19 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
It's a bad buy when you prefer the re-mixes to the original songs, but SLIM seams to me to be a clear out of avarage songs, filled in with a couple of well known ones, trax 2 & 4, and re-mixes. I can only listen to the album after track 6, the WOW mix of shame, only then does it go anywhere. Perhaps I expect to much from Mr. B.T. but with his previous albums being so good, It's not hard to see why. All in all a disapointing album.
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