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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet dreams...
Following the much-lauded down-tempo classics of 'Smokers Delight' (1995) and 'Carboot Soul' (1999), NoW return with a slightly more rounded sound and perhaps their most 'complete' record to date. Certainly, it all starts off promisingly, opener 'Mind Eye' as catchy and chilled a tune as you're likely to hear this year. Things proceed in a similar vein, but at times you...
Published on 6 Sep 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but spoilt by vocals!
Get rid of the pop vocals, stick with the instrumentals!
Published on 13 Aug 2006 by Tec-know


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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet dreams..., 6 Sep 2002
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This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
Following the much-lauded down-tempo classics of 'Smokers Delight' (1995) and 'Carboot Soul' (1999), NoW return with a slightly more rounded sound and perhaps their most 'complete' record to date. Certainly, it all starts off promisingly, opener 'Mind Eye' as catchy and chilled a tune as you're likely to hear this year. Things proceed in a similar vein, but at times you can't help but feel that something's just holding them back - great ideas abound, yet somehow they don't always quite seem to come to fruition.
However, whilst this may mean that some tracks flounder a little as standard genre fair ('Thinking of Omara' might have been lifted off any Thievery Corporation release), NoW creative force George Evelyn has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to ensure that, though not always lifting the mind to new levels, things don't descend to chillout-by-numbers. Not least among these is the development of poppier sensibilities on tracks such as 'Date with Destiny' and single release 'Know my Name'. Sadly, whilst the latter is plenty pleasing, the former - a bubbly slice of Rae & Christian-esque hiphop - just doesn't sit quite right (an accusation that might also be labelled at the darker 'Environment'). Yet such mediocrities are forgiven as '70s 80s' unwinds as a simply sublime, gently shuffling piece of 20-something nostalgia ("Jim, could you fix it for me - remember that?").
This new direction dovetails pretty nicely with the more familiar horizintal sounds - 'BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)' stands out with the sort of supremely chilled beats Evelyn's renowned for, and helps ensure that - as things wind down deliciusly over the last few tracks - it all makes for a pretty tasty experience. 'Mind Elevation' might not make it to classic status, but neither should it do NoW's reputation any harm.
The bonus CD that comes with the limited edition isn't bad either...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Cold Chillin' after all these years., 12 Sep 2002
This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
So much pressure on the shoulders of one George Evelyn following the success his last outing in the ebullient "Car Boot Soul" has lead to many a review slating this album as average: That's only natural when one considers that it's almost impossible to make another album quite as definitive but this album is certainly worth it in the way that all truly great albums are due to the fact that only after one listens to it for the second or third time are you fully able to appreciate the subtle nuances and thus longevity is assured. A mild relaxing album filled with lyrics that are well worth sourcing. The introduction of lilting female vocals to an extent not previously available along with the Dub driven sections tinged with brass all over makes it essential for relaxing or socializing -> just watch all the smiles on your friends faces when it plays. Subconcious beauty. The limited edition mix on the otherhand manages to somehow seem staccatto and jumbled up never really getting into its rhythm but still a worthy addition. Heartily recommended, it will grace your CD player more often than you think.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still intrigued!, 24 Nov 2002
This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
Nightmares on Wax have always produced a sound that intrigues me. Whilst usually found in the dance section of music shops, I've found them in hip hop before(!) and I love the way the soul, jazz and dub shine through making NOW a truly unique listening experience.
Mind Elevation is a pleasing offering to follow on from their last album Car Boot Soul. Some of the tracks are spot on, and it's undoubtedly that NOW vibe, even though Mind Elevation is definitely different to, and a progression from, Car Boot Soul (unsurprisingly!)
As ever NOW can be listened to in so many environments - it's a great album to listen to on a personal stereo with enough going on to keep your interest, terrific played when you just wanna chill, and yet still great to do just as it's title suggests -elevate the mind and really lift the spirit!
I loved 'Thinking of Omara', '70s, 80's', 'Environment' and in a more mainstream sounding way, 'Know My Name'. The slight reservation I have on this album that has led to me rating 4 stars and not 5, is that when the music is on form it really is an experience, but there are a few tracks (Date with Destiny in particular) where I was left feeling it didn't quite live up to NOW. That's quite gutting when the potential is seriously there.
Having said that, it's one of the best albums I've purchased this year, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Nightmares on Wax have certainly still got my intrigue and interest for some time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth groove, 14 Sep 2002
This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
I loved the previous album "Carboot Soul" because of the way it keeps you floating throughout the whole album, and because the tracks work so well together. I considered that one of my favourite albums but now I am tempted to rank Mind Elevation higher, precisely for the same reasons: this album works as a whole, and makes you happy. Mellow, electronic music always risks disappearing into the background but NoW manages to fill the room with positive energy, without irritating or disappointing with tracks that let you down. This album can wake you up in the morning, and can be played as a cool down before going to bed. Listening to it while travelling by train, bus or car makes the world seem to float by. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elevating, 19 July 2005
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
Nightmares on Wax mingles chillout and funk in "Mind Elevation" the fourth official album by this one-man electronic band. As expected, it's blissed and tripped out, with plenty of inventive little flourishes to keep things interesting. The only problem is that it seems to be working too hard to please.

It opens with the terminally mellow "Mind's Eye," a smoothly sweet instrumental that might make you want to make daisy chains and smoke weed. Yep, it really is that chilled-out, even as chillout electronica goes. It's followed by a string of tripped-out, funk-edged songs, which are as sunny and meandering as a summer day.

Things take a sharp turn on "Date With Destiny," where the melody is reined into a more typical pop song, as Chyne B sings about how "time's on your side." She appears on a couple of other songs, the hip-hop "Environment" and the bassline-heavy "Know My Name." She sounds great in the first song, but after awhile her voice grows grating, and the "un-chill" music is alienating.

Fortunately, in the cuts between these songs, Nightmares on Wax (aka George Evelyn) sticks to what it does best: liquid, sunshiny electronic-funk. In these, Evelyn sounds right in his element, whether blending R&B beats with ambient sounds in "Humble," or the chillout techno of "Bleu My Mind." Basically, whenever the music and not the voice is the focus, things go well.

Nightmares on Wax first debuted as a duo, and then shrank to a one-man band, as it incorporated jazz, hip-hop and trip-hop into its sound. And "Mind Elevation" pretty much gives the people what they want and expect: Funky downtempo. This particular one goes a bit more on the side of funk and R&B, while still keeping a foot in the ethereal chillout.

The flaw of "Mind Elevation"? Trying to do too much. It strives to include a stronger dose of soul-funk, while adding in dub, downtempo, stoner electronica, R&B, and a handful of other influences. As a result, it feels like "Mind Elevation" lacks a central "sound," and is trying to cover all the bases and make everyone satisfied. Taken on a song-by-song basis, it fortunately manages to still be pretty strong.

Despite that lack of internal cohesion., the scattered "Mind Elevation" is still an enchanting mixture of beautiful downtempo and funk-R&B beats. A must-listen for fans of inventive chillout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine album, 28 Oct 2003
This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
I bought this on the strength of a previous NOW album 'Carboot Soul'which is great.
I like this artist's work, as its simple, very catchy tunes with a deep underlying melody you have heard before.
Track '70's 80's' is something you can relate to if you were into the same type of music as the lyricist,which I was.
But standout tracks are
'Mind-eye' and 'Thinking of Omara' and the very gentle, 'Thoughts'.
But the song that will keep in the brain is the very catchy 'know my name'.
Great album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet dreams..., 23 Sep 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
Following the much-lauded down-tempo classics of 'Smokers Delight' (1995) and 'Carboot Soul' (1999), NoW return with a slightly more rounded sound and perhaps their most 'complete' record to date. Certainly, it all starts off promisingly, opener 'Mind Eye' as catchy and chilled a tune as you're likely to hear this year. Things proceed in a similar vein, but at times you can't help but feel that something's just holding them back - great ideas abound, yet somehow they don't always quite seem to come to fruition.
However, whilst this may mean that some tracks flounder a little as standard genre fair ('Thinking of Omara' might have been lifted off any Thievery Corporation release), NoW creative force George Evelyn has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to ensure that, though not always lifting the mind to new levels, things don't descend to chillout-by-numbers. Not least among these is the development of poppier sensibilities on tracks such as 'Date with Destiny' and single release 'Know my Name'. Sadly, whilst the latter is plenty pleasing, the former - a bubbly slice of Rae & Christian-esque hiphop - just doesn't sit quite right (an accusation that might also be labelled at the darker 'Environment'). Yet such mediocrities are forgiven as '70s 80s' unwinds as a simply sublime, gently shuffling piece of 20-something nostalgia ("Jim, could you fix it for me - remember that?").
This new direction dovetails pretty nicely with the more familiar horizintal sounds - 'BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)' stands out with the sort of supremely chilled beats Evelyn's renowned for, and helps ensure that - as things wind down deliciusly over the last few tracks - it all makes for a pretty tasty experience. 'Mind Elevation' might not make it to classic status, but neither should it do NoW's reputation any harm.
The bonus CD that comes with the limited edition isn't bad either...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elevated, 18 Jan 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
Nightmares on Wax mingles chillout and funk in "Mind Elevation" the fourth official album by this one-man electronic band. As expected, it's blissed and tripped out, with plenty of inventive little flourishes to keep things interesting. The only problem is that it seems to be working too hard to please.

It opens with the terminally mellow "Mind's Eye," a smoothly sweet instrumental that might make you want to make daisy chains and smoke weed. Yep, it really is that chilled-out, even as chillout electronica goes. It's followed by a string of tripped-out, funk-edged songs, which are as sunny and meandering as a summer day.

Things take a sharp turn on "Date With Destiny," where the melody is reined into a more typical pop song, as Chyne B sings about how "time's on your side." She appears on a couple of other songs, the hip-hop "Environment" and the bassline-heavy "Know My Name." She sounds great in the first song, but after awhile her voice grows grating, and the "un-chill" music is alienating.

Fortunately, in the cuts between these songs, Nightmares on Wax (aka George Evelyn) sticks to what it does best: liquid, sunshiny electronic-funk. In these, Evelyn sounds right in his element, whether blending R&B beats with ambient sounds in "Humble," or the chillout techno of "Bleu My Mind." Basically, whenever the music and not the voice is the focus, things go well.

Nightmares on Wax first debuted as a duo, and then shrank to a one-man band, as it incorporated jazz, hip-hop and trip-hop into its sound. And "Mind Elevation" pretty much gives the people what they want and expect: Funky downtempo. This particular one goes a bit more on the side of funk and R&B, while still keeping a foot in the ethereal chillout.

The flaw of "Mind Elevation"? Trying to do too much. It strives to include a stronger dose of soul-funk, while adding in dub, downtempo, stoner electronica, R&B, and a handful of other influences. As a result, it feels like "Mind Elevation" lacks a central "sound," and is trying to cover all the bases and make everyone satisfied. Taken on a song-by-song basis, it fortunately manages to still be pretty strong.

Despite that lack of internal cohesion., the scattered "Mind Elevation" is still an enchanting mixture of beautiful downtempo and funk-R&B beats. A must-listen for fans of inventive chillout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever!I, 16 May 2010
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Ms. Lh May "wheeziemay" (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mind Elevation (Audio CD)
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this album it's the best ever, if you like really funky chill out it's so beautiful you have to buy it if you like nightmares on wax.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but spoilt by vocals!, 13 Aug 2006
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Get rid of the pop vocals, stick with the instrumentals!
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