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Lipgloss out, the Fierce Family are back!,
This review is from: Fierce Angel Presents Fierce Disco V (Audio CD)
Here's the latest offering from Family Fierce, a brand that is increasingly recognised for its quality output. You've got to give it to them, they know their audience - a mix of cool clubheads, cocktail drinking girls in LBDs and flamboyant party poseurs who love their big vocals.
But is it any good? Interestingly, this double CD has some big names on it, but not the big tunes you'd find on a Ministry compilation. It is better for it, for these songs haven't infiltrated the Radio One playlist, and are therefore still fresh and enjoyable. Artists appearing are as diverse as Katherine Ellis (3 times!!!!), Ultra Naté & Michelle Williams (on one the album's only duff moments), StoneBridge, Seamus Haji, and Vandalism. It's all very solid four-to-the-floor stuff, with some really punchy vocals , great breakdowns, and a leaning towards all things filtered.
The first CD claims to be the funky house half, and does not fail to deliver. You'll recognise some samples filtering through, and is a great soundtrack to getting ready for a great night out. Highlights include Seamus Haji & Cevin Fisher's collaboration, `I Love The Music' and House Republic's `Nuggetz', both quality filtered sampling that puts a smile on the face. The 7th Heaven remix of Deni Hines' `Finger On The Trigger' wouldn't be out of place on a Queer As Folk CD and the aforementioned Ultra Naté collaboration let the side down, but overall this CD is lots of fun.
The second CD is meant to slow things down a bit, but tends to go a bit deeper into house. The bpms have dropped and the filtering has reduced, leading to a CD of very good quality music. Katherine Ellis scores her finest vocal featuring on Paul Morrell's `That Ain't The Way (To Show Me Love)' and this is followed up by a StoneBridge remix and a Full Intention collaboration, both corking songs. Overall the second CD is by far superior, providing stylish vocals and production across all of the tracks.
Fierce Angel do rely on the same artists a bit too heavily, leading to a lack of surprises now and again; after the bar being set so high with The Collection (2009) and not repeating that standard, the expectation for this was for it to be another `nearly brilliant' CD. The surprise here is that this is growing and growing, and has the potential to be an all-time favourite. Well done, chaps, you may just have presented us with a corker!!
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2012 21:23:03 GMT
Great review. Enjoyed disc 1 but absolutely agree with you that disc 2 is where the real gems are found (Bonnie Bailey, Katherine Ellis, Disco Fries).
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