on 15 June 2007
I almost didn't buy this - thank god I decided to go for it on the back of a review I had read and having liked a lot of their earlier stuff. For me this is their most consistant work to date. Very few tracks wouldn't be stand out on their previous offerings - and a number would easily pass muster on their Greatest Hits.
They yet again manage to merge music from around the world in something that is simply uplifting and life affirming. Feels one moment african, the next arabic, the next eastern european, sometimes flashes of america and all the time that unique British dance feel.
Vocalist Tuup is on great form as are guest vocailists Karkov, Shugmonkey, Krupa and Black Sifichi (and no I'm not making these names up).
Outstanding tracks - well they are all great. A wonderful fusion of world music- a trip around the world - liberate your ears and your mind will follow.
on 19 August 2010
Yes - it is that good - even better than ADF's Punkara! Not even a 'slightly below excellent' track on it and by far their best work to date. I love this album.
'The varied mix of influences' and 'variety of languages' (and therefore nationalities represented) are put together in a sublime and almost imperceptible way that demonstrates how far TGU have come in developing their music. Indeed, whilst it definitely sounds like TGU it is also different to all before which shows it is an album of our time.
As the album progresses, the differing 'elements next to one another' challenge the senses in a way that makes you think about the content so amplifying feelings this album generates in your soul.
Buy it.(And i really should get down to doing more reviews given the number of albums I buy!)
on 26 July 2007
In their own words Transglobal Underground said that "the price of innovation is often a trail of s h i t e left in your wake". Such an insightful comment begs you to question the value we place upon innovation in music and in turn challenges you to appreciate and respect the musical boundary pushers. But I am not so sure if any boundaries are being pushed with Moonshout.
This is another varied mix of influences ranging from very slow Indian influenced ambient instrumental to very dated drum & bass styled production with a variety of languages in vocals, spoken word and emceeing in effect.
Unfortunately, like an abandoned POW with an ecstasy hangover, it feels as if TGU have been stuck in a musical timewarp unable to break past their early trippy ravey sound. At their best on this LP, they convey a form of infectious happy exuberance, but at their worst - which is for the most of this release - they replay their previous approach of awkwardly placing completely incongruous elements next to one another so feeling and pace are lost in the mix.
Crimes against music here include: a continual and heavy abuse in effect of Talvin Singh's (circa 1997) dated asian D&B sound, c r a p emcees with embarrassingly half baked wordplay, a complete rip off of the Dennis Hopper spoken word on Gorillaz' `Fire Coming Out Of A Monkey's Head', and a tendency to jam on in a rambling ravey fashion with no particular feeling or direction against soulless repetitive beat loops.
Redemption comes in the form of the off the wall and genuinely fun `It's A Sitar', and the spot on `Emotional Yoyo'. Which work nicely throughout. Other tracks have some nice elements pulling through but none as strongly as on the standouts.
Considering all this, would I say that this LP was innovative in a way that justifies the sound? In truth, it's too derivative of their previous material to qualify for that, and although their experimental approach is admirable, it is obvious that it is not working here.