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Again, another good but not great release...
on 7 May 2002
Much like the "Ocean's 11" soundtrack, which preceded "Come Get It I Got It" by a couple of months, David Holmes is again on the verge of putting together a truly classic album but not quite pulling it off...
Firstly, I'm almost inclined to throw 5 stars at this record straight away for opening with the fantastic "Sugarman" by the rarely heard and criminally ignored Sixto Rodriguez - who posses a voice that could only have come from America at a particular time during the 60's. It's beautiful, a great opener, and I love it.
After that, like many have said before me, there are some superb tunes on this record. Thank heavens Holmes spends so much time listen to such obscure vinyl - it sure does save us the hassle and the pickings are rich!
But whilst all of this is to be applauded, it's the gaps in between where the wheels begin to fall off this album. Just as I found with "Ocean's 11", Holmes' mixing skills really do leave a lot to be desired. He's talented for sure, but just when a particular record appears to be capturing a certain mood the flow that has been built up instantly grinds to a halt by the addition of the most inappropriate Holmes 'interlude' linking to the next song - and as a result a consistant vibe really struggles to emerge, which really does make it all the more frustrating - and, at worst, means you keep leaning for the skip forward button.
Overall, an enjoyable but flawed album. When Holmes learns to mix in a style that compliments the songs he's playing he'll be on a winner.