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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'.
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on 10 December 2008
It's been over since 2002 since "In Between" which feels like an eternity. If you're thinking this is going to be a continuation of the electronic/soul/hip-hop/jazz featured on that LP, then you are in for a surprise.

A bit like Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black", this is all about retro soul. And, wow, there are a some stunning tunes on this LP. Strong vocals, amazing live instrumentation and a vibe which takes you back in time to a warm summer evening in the early '80s. Some amazing collaborations too - Jose James, Phonte, Dwele, Thief & Leon Ware is about as diverse a mix as you could get but, despite this, the LP has a wonderful continuity about it. Though different in style to "In Between", each composition on this LP contains the same outstanding richness and quality which made "In Between" such an outstanding LP.

If you like Jazzanova, or even Back to Black (but not heard of Jazzanova), you will love this LP. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 22 October 2008
It's nice to receive a plesant surprise from time to time. I pre-ordered Jazzanova - Of All The Things Audio CD on about a week ago. It came today, with an FBI warning at the back, guaranteed to be sent from the UK. The long established group from Berlin will officially release their new piece on October 27th. Nice! Half price, btw.

Crystal clear sound, original compositions for each song, exceptional vocals (my favourite is Phonte): all this makes Jazzanova one of the trademarks of German electronic scene and puts them right next to the godfathers OF ALL THE THINGS, Kraftwerk.

The new album is magnificent. If you like Jazzanova, you'll love it. If you don't know them and you like fresh brew of jazz and downtempo music, you'll love it, too.
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on 27 June 2014
'In Between' was my favourite album of 2002, it was original and epitomised the 'Nu-soul' sound, I eagerly looked forward to this release, but was disappionted to find it a pastiche of classic soul (and not in a good Dap Kings kind of way). If you liked 'In Between' and want to hear more, check out the Jazzanova remix albums.
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on 17 June 2009
well worth the wait, every track amazing.

Groove on down to it
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on 30 March 2009

Jazzanova are back and this album is awesome, jazzanova quality and a nice spin on a classic soul sound.

More delicious than your mum's cup cakes.
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on 6 December 2014
Arrived on time and pleased with the item
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on 3 February 2015
Amazing album!
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on 10 July 2014
I'm a regular customer of these guys, items are always as described and always delivered promptly!
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