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Helium
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2008
Urban Myth club offer us something different in this sublime and moving album. They are not a band as such, more a collaboration of talented musicians, singers and a fine producer. The music contained within album is the fruit of almost three years of work. Year's of hard graft on an album does not necessarily guarantee an excellent piece of work however when you add into the equation someone like Stephen Barton a Hollywood film composer who work on `Gladiator', and `Narnia' among others, things seem to fall into place. Though the album could easily been sectioned away as a "chill-out" or "down tempo" it floats graceful over all the pitfalls of these genre's. The phrase "chill-out music" seems put off music lover's mainly due to the churned out drivel that seems the fill a substantial amount of album with "chill-out" in the title. "Helium" on the hand is not mere background noise, it comes with the weight of a excellent film score and manages to stay as accessible as other similar bands such as Morcheeba or Portishead.

The Album starts with a short an sweet instrumental piece which allows "Urban Myth Club" to flex thier musical muscles and let the listener know just how well produced and musically flawless this album shall be. It also sets the scene for the single of the album "Feel It" which comes right after, this track effortlessly achieves both accessibility and manages to stay credible and interesting. As the album progresses the beautiful vocals of Clare Szembek who is prominent in 'Feel it' take more of a back seat and the music takes over. This is by no means a bad thing, compositionally the music is fantastic. Track three to eight seem float past with song structures so intelligent they could probably beat you at scrabble. My highlight of the album however is track nine "So Beautiful" both music and vocal's seem to flawlessly compliment each other in a passage that leads through sounds that tease with our emotions. The album wraps up with 4 tracks that revert to the more musical driven aspects of middle keeping the down tempo vibe going throughout.

Surely "Helium" can't be a perfect, flawless album? Well no there are of course some snags such as the lyrics leaving a little to be desired and it perhaps it loses a bit of momentum towards the end. In conclusion however I believed you'd have to go a long way to find a British down-tempo group coming anywhere near this standard. As with their first gig (Glastonbury) they have punch above there weight and I think its only a matter of time before they are in and amongst the biggest names of "electronica".

Best Tracks- So Beautiful, Moon and the Night
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2010
This album made me want to lie down on my back, close my eyes and drift away. Every track is blissful, from the opening 'E=umc2' to the closing fade of 'Cloud 9'. The opening notes of 'I Feel It' prepare you for what is set to be an emotional journey. It is lyrically moving and the vocals only enrich the musical experience. The same can be said of 'Sanctuary'. 'Atlantic' dark tones hint at something deeper and more sinister underlying the upbeat preconceptions of chill-out. 'Helium' is an album to defy preconceptions on more than one level. It is tear-jerking at times, upbeat at others, and always holds the ability to take you soaring, above earthly problems and into some blissful other realm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2011
Ever wanted to get away from those thoughts that overload your mind? Ever picured yourself on a roadtrip, driving down on a long clear road? This album is that sort of album; it makes you feel free, like you're on a different world, to make those down thoughts disappear for a while. While you're lying on your bed in the summer, or late at night, the bass and rhythms will definately chill you out and make you feel good about yourself, like you can do anything and be ready for anything. "I feel it" and "Breathe"... take a listen to them. Relaxing, chilled, down-tempo, addictive, free... this is the best album you'll be proud to own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 July 2010
Not too sure what I was expecting from this - all the other reviews make it sound good, but the descriptions of "down-tempo" and comparisons with Morcheeba, Radiohead, etc. kind of threw me.

I've had it playing through a few times now - both on a big stereo, and through headphones on an iPod - and I'm blown away; it's great! The music swirls in gentle waves and crescendo without ever seeming to get too fast and dancy, or loud. The breathy vocals complement the music perfectly, and don't dominate the songs - almost like another instrument; I can't really judge the lyrics though for this reason.

Big thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2010
Absolutely love this album by Urban Myth Club; really nice chilled out downtempo music that takes away the stresses of everyday life, great to stick on after a hard day at work! I really recommend this album, the production on this record is fantastic. My favourite tracks have to be Calling and Breath, they're so uplifting. Seriously, buy this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2012
this album poses a flawless mix of orchestral plains, soft female vocals and chilled out beats. The latest Urban Myth Club album captures the imagination, transporting the listener to their relaxed world. A must have album for any music fan. The perfect end to a long week at work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2007
This is the album I've been waiting for; a chillout album that you immediately love and never grow bored of. Downtempo melodies combined with electro beats and one of the most powerful female vocals in the last ten years, Helium does what no other album has. Listen to it on the beach, listen to it at work, listen to it in the gym; just listen to it. It will not disappoint. Urban Myth Club are about to become huge, they performed at Glastonbury this year and the title of the album `Helium', is a good description of what the album is about to do to their fame - raise it to the level they deserve. Buy this album; you won't be able to take it out of your stereo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2009
I like a lot of different music but have never really found myself being able to sit and listen to an album which is very much electronica based... until now!

I was told about the album by a friend and after being shown a few tracks i went out and bought it myself! Now i have to admit i am hooked!!! This is easily one of the best albums i have bought/listened to recently and i would recommend this album to everyone even if this music maybe isnt to your taste! Maybe this can convert you like it did me!

Listen to this with an open mind and discover the true magic behind these fantastic songs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2009
What can I add to what has already been written? Simply, this is essential listening. It's a kind of a Zero7-meet-Air-in-space. It's that good. Just buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2011
Great album, a must have, heard that they are releasing another album called 'Open Up'coming out soon,i'm waiting on it because Helium was fantastic.
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