One Of The Best Of 2010 (Without A Doubt) But Definitely NOT Disco,
This review is from: Here Lies Love (Audio CD)
OK, before yet another enthusiastic but misguided reviewer mistakenly labels this as a disco collection, I thought I'd better jump in and set the record straight: This is not disco.
Andrea True Connection is disco. Silver Convention is disco. Donna Summer is disco (well, mostly anyway).
And while the original concept may have been to set this album in a Studio 54 environment, only one track--"Ladies In Blue"--has that 70's Saturday Night Fever disco sound. The rest of the tracks are pure modern-day electronica (except Steve Earle's & Martha Wainwright's, which are also the weakest overall). Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook is one of the world's foremost electronic musician/composer/DJ/producers, so most of this set contains his expected samples, breaks & beats. In fact, I'd say the overall success of this project is due largely to Norman's involvement (sorry David). Really.
Of the twenty-two tracks, only four are just so-so: the aforementioned Steve Earle & Martha Wainwright tracks, the Natalie Merchant (sorry Natalie) and the David Byrne/Shara Worden duet. David's vocals just aren't up to the level of the ladies on this project (sorry again, David).
That leaves eighteen exceptional tracks, which let's face it, pretty much never happens, and why this album is likely to do the Grammy thing as well as land on everyone's Best Of 2010 lists (including mine).
The real standouts for me (starting with most favorite) are:
1. Dancing Together (Sharon Jones) - Sharon is flat-out phenomenal in everything she does. Period. This track is a funk tour-de-force and is worth the purchase price alone.
2. Eleven Days (Cyndi Lauper) - Radio-friendly, catchy with superb performance by Cyndi. One of her two best vocals in decades (the other being 2007's "Early Bird" with Erasure).
3. The Whole Man (Kate Pierson) - What? She's in her 60's? Unbelievable. Kate sounds as fresh and young as the day the B-52s stepped into the studio to record "Rock Lobster".
4. Men Will Do Anything (Alice Russell) - An amazing performance by this under-appreciated UK soul powerhouse. If there were any justice in the world of music, Alice Russell would be on everyone's iPod. Yes, she's that good.
5. Don't You Agree? (Roisin Murphy) - I've been a fan of Roisin (pronounced Ro-Shen) since her days with Moloko. Check out her "Ruby Blue" album for a truly inspired, bizarre, left-of-center electronica experience.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2010 18:31:58 BDT
Martha Clark says:
Technically, Roisin would be pronounced "Roh-sheen".
Posted on 14 Nov 2010 05:20:13 GMT
Mr. G. S. Walker says:
you seem to know little about DB
You say it's FB Slim,s samples that influence this work
Bush of Ghosts is widely recognised as the pioneering piece of sampling on rock music
FB owes it all to DB (and Eno of course)
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