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Charango
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2002
This album is great. Once again Morcheeba have excelled themselves to produce an album that is exciting and vibrant. The usual eclectic influences drawing from blues to hip-hop to orchestral film scores makes Charango a stimulating album that still maintains a "sing-along" pop awareness.
A number of the tracks are outstanding, including the funky 'Otherwise'. On a few tracks Morcheeba have skilfully collaborated with a number of various musicians and artists. Notably, the hip-hop legend Slick Rick wrote and performed the humorous 'Women Lose Weight'.
If you liked Morcheeba's previous work, you are certain to enjoy Charango.
FACT: The name 'Charango' refers to a small ten-string lute that originated in South America and is traditionally made from an armadillo shell!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2002
Charango is the fourth album to be released by Morcheeba (released no 1st July), and there have been great expectations and a number of questions raised by it's impending release, after the new direction they took for the third album, 'Fragments of Freedom'. Would Morcheeba find another new direction? Would they go back to their roots? Would they continue in the more upbeat, poppy path they had taken? Thankfully, the answer is a kind of combination of the two options.
Morcheeba have realised what they do best: Hip-Hop with a laid-back, trippy edge. The first track, 'Slow Down', sets the scene perfectly, it's so laid-back as to be almost horizontal! It's also a welcome return of Skye's original vocal style, which is haunting, chilling and beautiful all at once.
However, this isn't simply a rehash of their older works because Morcheeba are definitely trying new things, most notably on the title track, which actually derives it's name from an instrument used on it - the Charango is a small guitar traditionally made of an armadillo shell! Other tracks which show off new styles are 'Public displays of affection' and 'What New York Couples Fight About' (A duet with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner.) Other highlights of the CD include the sublime 'Aqualung' and the new single 'Otherwise'.
On the whole, this is their most organic sounding album, it is both a return to form and wholly original. Full marks for Morcheeba - their most accomplished work yet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2003
This is a fun and slickly produced album. It is well put together but without suffering from the over-production that it's predecessor "Fragments of Freedom" suffered from. The song that stands out most on this album is the uptempo-comedic Slick Rick collaboration "Women Lose Weight".
Most of the album however is more chilled and down tempo, and wouldnt seem out of place on the trendy 'chilled' compilations that have been doing the rounds recently.
As you can always expect from Morcheeba there are some extremely strong melodies in here and you will be singing along in no time. A brilliant CD for the drive home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2002
If you're in the huff with your ears, buy them this as a pacifying gesture and do yourself a favour at the same time. I went to see morcheeba on Friday night, bought this after the gig and have played it at least eight times since. This is not just an excellent morcheeba album, but also has great colaborations with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Slick Rick. A great disc, despite a couple of pretty anodyne, anonymous tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2002
This CD is even more dreamy and moody than Big Calm, and seems just as good to me. The accusation that Morcheeba make coffee table music doesn't do justice to the blend of pop, bossa, blues, country and hip-hop they present here. As previously, it's Skye's vocals that make the record. The duet with Kurt Wagner on 'What New York Couples Fight About' stands out and makes me want to check out Lambchop's records. The Slick Rick track 'Women Lose Weight' is funny without being too much like a novelty record. There's also a bonus instrumental CD which more or less replaces the vocals with bluesy guitar.
Basically, this is what you've been hoping for since 'BC'!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2002
Believe me, this is a very very good album. Morcheeba are purveyors of silky, funky, string and guitar driven music. I can think of no other group that when i listen to them i think nothing except "This is just good music - pure and simple". It's one of those albums that if you listen to it when you have never heard it before you will be able to appreciate it even if you aren't really into that kind of music. Think of your parents lambasting you when you thought groups like The Beatles were c**p. This music, like The Beatles is good - there's no argument.
The way i see it, is that this album sits in my music collection amongst gangster rap and trance and my mates are quite critical about music they hear for the first time, they had absolutely nothing to say about this. And i mean nothing, they didn't say if they enjoyed it or not - they just realised that it was good music.
Guest appearances by Pacewon and Slick Rick are obviously a high-light but it was definitely Skye's liquid voice and Ross and Paul's hip hop influenced funked up beats that sold me this album.
Why 4 stars then, you ask? Well, quite simply, nothing is perfect.
Buy it because it will make you feel as if you appreciate music, the same feeling you would get by buying an expensive French wine even though you don't really know which wines are good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2002
After the hiccup of Fragments of Freedom, this is Morcheeba doing what they do best; lush vocals, haunting melodies and a sense of quirkiness in their lyrics. A definite must by for fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2002
After the dissapointment of their third album, morcheeba needed to to do something special to re-establish their status as one of the best bands in Britain, and they have done just that.
The first track, Slow Down, sets the mood for most of the album, and on first listen takes you back to their first album, Who Can You Trust, but on further playing you begin to realise that they have progressed musically since then. Skye's vocals have also improved and this shows on Otherwise where she uses her unique voice to great effect. Of the rest the most outstanding tracks are Way Beyond and Get Along. The collaboration with Slick Rick on Women Lose Weight is also worthy of a mention.
The remarkable thing about the album is that there aren 't any weak tracks, all of them could be released as singles.
Morcheeba have not just matched Big Calm but have probably surpassed what was their best work to date. GO BUY IT NOW!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 January 2003
Hmmm... Having already purchased Big Calm and Fragments of Freedom, I had high hopes of Charango. And indeed, all the high-gloss components are there - Skye's dreamy voice, multi-layered instrumentation (now including orchestration for added depth), delicate floating melodies - the essence of chilled.
However, Charango turns out to be a highly crafted pale imitation. I expected it to grow on me, for the songs to be embedded in my memory and return to haunt me. Sadly, this proves not to be the case - the album made splendid background mood music, but somehow the magic of the previous albums is not quite there. Can't put my finger on precisely what is missing, but I didn't get the same buzz. I sincerely hope they rediscover the genius next time around....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2002
I bought Charango after enjoying Morcheeba's hits on a number of compilations (amongst which, Serve Chilled, from JazzFM is definitely the coolest) and expectations were met and exceeded...
Although it appears from the first listening that this is an extremely sophisticated kind of music, it still remains utterly enjoyable without too much complication, you can play it while reading a book or you can immerse yourself in the sound, the choice is yours.
Of course, you can play Otherwise until your CD's laser gives up
and still wanting for more, but also the other tracks are on a par with it.
The other characteristic is the mixture of genres: Otherwise borders on the acid jazz, with Undress me Now almost 'ambience'.
A definite one to own, if you heard Morcheeba on any one of the compilations they feature, buy the CD, you won't be disappointed.
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