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4.0 out of 5 stars Late summer sunset along the beachfront, 27 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Family Vacation (Audio CD)
There are no real faults I can find in this album. It is a quite exemplary collection of 13 top deep house tracks. Everything is nice and smooth, no rough edges, occasionally jazzy or groovy, some suggestions of latin and afro-caribbean beats, maybe a balearic vibe at times. Everything works very well and it's a quite lovely listen.

A better way of describing it would be to use the album artwork as a reference. What, at first, I thought was an injection moulding gone wrong, resulting in an amorphous bubbling blob, seems to be actually the back of a woman's head as she emerges from a serene pool of oil, her right shoulder just breaking the surface suggesting a slinky, lateral movement out of the liquid, her greased hair reflecting autumnal hues, countering the slightly Mediterranean teal/turquoise background. This is a nice image, just like this is a nice album, only I'd like to see beyond this static image into a moving picture. How will the woman move out of the oil? Why are there no ripples and how will they react when the surface is disturbed? What does her face and body look like like coated in the reflective oil? What is creating that deep crimson colour? This is the music, nice exposition, even the development is good, but there is nothing to extrapolate upon. What's there is there and that's that.

In other words, if this album were a painting or a sculpture, I'd quite happily have it in my house, but I don't think there is enough intrigue underneath it's facade to keep me coming back and reevaluating or reconsidering it time and time again.

It's probably enough that it's an enjoyable listen but there is so much good, similar music out there nowadays, that a record needs something extra to distinguish itself. Family Vacation does succeed in that it really isn't as derivative as much deep house, and going in with little prior knowledge of Axel Boman's previous oeuvre it easily surpassed my humble expectations.

Saying all this, I do feel there is definitely enough honesty and craftsmanship to be found here to warrant a purchase. There isn't a hint of laziness about either the production or the composition, nothing really cookie cutter or cliched, and flashes of creativity bubble up every now and again.

In summary, as an album, better than most in it's genre and a quality chilled headphone listen. It doesn't try to do anything big or clever, it just is what it is.
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