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Enjoyable, not transformational
on 2 August 2009
I believe Jazzanova to be one of the finest collections of musicians there has been. 'In Between' was startling, exquisitely produced and sonically beautiful. Eight or so years on from its release I still listen frequently to this record and still am held in rapture with many of the songs. There are some poorer tracks on here too, it is not a simple tour de force, but the might and majesty of tracks such as 'L.O.V.E. You & I' and 'Another New Day' drown these out.
It is with a tinge of sadness then to have persevered with 'Of All the Things' and still not to have been struck by the divine light that warmed my being in their preceding album. Jazzanova should of course do what the hell they like when making music but unfortunately this does not have the invention and meticulous production of their previous effort. It may just be that I don't particularly enjoy 'standard' soul music - I think this genre was part of an era that has now gone and it feels to me that soul music (in the sense of people/groups that stick to a rigid form drawn from the 60s & early 70s) now has an element of contrivance and dislocation in these dislocated times. 'In Between' connected to the real and to the present, this is presented as something compartmentalised, drawn from the past and standing uncomfortably in the now.
Still there are some enjoyable songs to be heard here and I continue to admire the magnificent Jazzanova (many of their remixes, not in either of these albums, are outstanding) and hear sparks of their genius within this album. I just wish they hadn't emulated others so obviously, something they didn't do with their first album; this feels like the newest in a long line of great soul records, not a pinnacle standing proud in the midst of time, beholden to nobody, distinct and seperate, yet connected indubitably to the core of being; such is the might of 'In Between'.