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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2001
...and I usually try to avoid getting carried away!
Animal Magic is an album of gentle melodic tracks, that would typically be filed under easy listening. A genre that suffers more than most from badly produced albums that should never have been released.
This album towers above such works. It has clear jazz influences, and Amon Tobin is name-checked in the sleeve notes (who? have a browse...), but this is way more mellow than Amon. Muted horns, complex drum patterns, selective samples, even a sitar at one point, give variety without damaging the continuity.
Downtempo and packed with the most divine melodies, this CD is a soothing hand on a racing heart. Play this CD on the way to work and you are likely to turn round and head out into the country to laze next to a river for the day!
Playing this to other people usually involves them buying it the next day. Yes, its that good!