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This review is from: Estuary English (Audio CD)
So here is a compilation containing of all the very best releases from the Memphis Industries label. Quite frankly it's long, very long, and much as I would love to say that the various blends of jazz dub and electronica blew me away it would be a total lie. Actually, listening to the whole compilation from start to finish proved to be a struggle that at times I thought I wouldn't achieve. But never fear I made it to the end and was left wondering exactly where the last two hours of my life had gone. For sure this type of compilation has an exact target market of which I clearly don't fit, and without a doubt some of the tracks are well written, produced and put together, but there seems to be a lack of definition among the songs to leave you wanting more. Track after track drift by without leaving any lasting impression, yet sounding absolutely great as an anonymous backing track.
The compilation doesn't exactly get off to the best of starts with 'Ladyflash' by 'The Go! Team' sounding like a complete audio mish-mash of old vinyl and live drum kits. Despite this the general quality of music does clearly get better but without sustaining any overall coherence to the collection. The best songs on the CD would have to be 'Junior Kickstart' by 'The Go! Team', 'The Playboy's Demise' by 'Fort Lauderdale' and 'What We've Won' from 'Blue States' which all manage to inject a bit of life into the largely passive anthology.
However, not wanting to completely put anyone off, this CD would be an absolute gem if you were looking for a CD to use in an elevator. In other words individually sound, but collectively sterile. Discuss. . . .