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Disappointing shift towards mediocrity,
This review is from: Jump Leads (Audio CD)
Far from Fila's finest work, I really wanted to like this new album but I feel badly let down. Somehow Hull's finest non-mainstream duo have let down their guard over their unconventional but fantastic grooves, and let in the twin evils of cheesy-listening and banal lyrics...
On some tracks it's hard to believe it this is the same Fila B responsible for such unique records as... well... their whole back catalogue (uniformly excellent, one or two dodgy tracks in EIGHT fine albums).
There are excellent tracks on this album - 4: DNA, 6: It's a Knockout and 8: Percival Quintaine show plenty of the old spirit - but they are the exception rather than the rule...
Earlier albums were filled with peculiar samples, driving basslines, finely honed tunes and quirky rhythms. This one... the old imagination seems to have gone, replaced with bog-standard jazz-lite rhythm tracks, noodling guitar... and the singing! My god... Vic Reeves' pub singer would have been preferable...
Basically, there's two mini-albums here. One of good, but mostly non-vintage, Fila B grooves (****). The other, a very poor collection of uninteresting generic jazzy chillout (*) - like there isn't enough of this already?!
It's a sad relinquishment of the proudly unconventional streak that used to keep Fila B head and shoulders above everyone else in the downbeat arena... very sad...
If you've heard this album and quite like it... get their others quickly! You'll wonder if it was the same group... but the old albums are by far the better, you won't regret it.