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5.0 out of 5 stars A near stunning debut, 21 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Time To Rearrange (Audio CD)
Aaron Jerome's deubt album has rich instrumentation, engaging electronics, soulful strings and a cocktail of sounds which would make the perfect soundtrack for a modern 70mm epic. And like the best Hitchcockian fables (the strings have at times the eerie engagement of Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann) there is a twist in the tale. Seven minutes and thirty eight seconds into the last track, hidden on the track listings, is a gradual build up of tight drums and touching electronics. Little whispers of sound gather in pace and volume, becoming echoes and then screams. Just when you think this collection of music is over, Jerome pulls out a twist so magnificent you hold your breath in awe and you hear what has gone before in new light.
It is a shame that the hidden track is not given more prominence (though it is on the vinyl version); it is not only the stand out track of the album but a stand out track per se of the last few months. With hints of Pat Methaney, Miles Davis and 4 Hero in the mix, a hidden gem lies in wait for the listener.
The album as a whole comes close to meeting the hidden track's excellence - 'Kwa Kungsa' is a mix of dusty, African sounds and mystical vocals; the wonderful title track with its refrained Latin touches, 'Late Night Mission', evokes classic British Hip Hop (of the likes of The Brotherhood, Lewis Parker and Blak Twang) with its warm and comic delivery; the stunning 'Marrakesh'; the magical bliss of 'Rearrange' and the enchanting 'Dancing Girl'.
The album is let down in part by a handful of tracks ('Reason', 'Way of Life', ' 'Reel Time' and 'Blow Your Own part 2') which sound like record company suggested collaborations - OKish verging on quite good but you get the lingering feeling you have heard it all before especially compared to the innovation elsewhere.
In essence this is a very good album, even more so when you realise Aaron was a product of the CD-R project which gives aspiring musicians advice and guidance on how to make it as a musician. The countless hours honing his skills and listening to the advice of others at times produces some outstanding results (with the caveat of a few tracks that are at the most inoffensive). Somewhere there was a monster of a debut, sidetracked I am sure by record company/A and R politics. But without doubt this is still very, very good......and watch out for the Hitchcockian twist.

Sanjiv Ahluwalia
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars considerable achievement, 2 April 2008
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This review is from: Time To Rearrange (Audio CD)
Aaron Jerome's debut album is a considerable achievement. Infusing elements of jazz, funk, soul and hip hop he has created a record that flows beautifully from one track to the next with never a disappointing moment. Even the bonus, hidden track (which kicks in about a minute after the last official song has finished) is excellent and begs the question, why hide it? Imagine 4Hero fused with Bonobo, think The Visioneers mixed with Two Banks of Four or, dare I suggest, A Tribe Called Quest, and you will be pretty close to perceiving the sound of Aaron Jerome. Don't hesitate, check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album!, 4 Feb. 2008
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Time to Rearrange is a beautifully concieved piece of work that easily draws comparisons to 4 Hero at their best. Its a mixture of lush string arrangements, crunchy breaks and sublime vocals thats fuses the musicality of vintage soul with the energy of sample-based hip hop. Featured vocalists range from South African soul-jazz prodigy Simphiwe Dana, to Uk Hip-Hopper Yungun and each appearence makes perfect sense within the flow of the album. Its hard to pick a stand-out track and it wouldn't necessarily make sense to do so because this is very much an album in the traditional sense. I cant recommend it highly enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effing sensational!, 30 Jun. 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album review, 3 Dec. 2007
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A mighty slept on fella if you ask me, because when you scratch your bonce and recall past glories - a dope broken booty of Amy Winehouses Stronger Than Me. a tasy lickle 12" for Dom Servinis Wah Wah 45s imprint, and remix business for the great Nitin Sawhney - youll most likely be left wondering why and LP has been this long in the works. Nevermind though, because Mr Jerome has clearly poured his heart and soul into this debut and as a result Time To Rearrange is a triumph.
Crispy production, beautiful arrangements, strong melodies, admirable attention to detail and a hearty sense of adventure make for exciting listening, so the impressive list of collaborators is simply the icing on the tasty cake.
Yungun shine on the certified bruk hip-swinger Late Night Mission; homegirl Andreya Triana flips her inimitable flow on the superlative jazzy licks of Angel Lady; and Kathrin deBoer (Belleruche) graces the gorgeous organic textures of Reason in fine style. Dancing feet watch out for the title track - a scurrying jazz groove led by some superb wandering (and liver than live) double bass action. Jerome got game and he aint playin.
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