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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B0002CH8OC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Artist: Homelife
Manufacturer: Ninja Tune

BBC Review

Homelife are describable in as much as they're a Manchester based collective formed around bassist Paddy Steer and including local heroes like Graham Massey (of 808 State and Björk fame), Andy Diagram and others too numerous to name, but describing their music is a different matter. If I was writing a press release for them it'd have to go something like...'imagine Sun Ra, Joe Meek, Brian Wilson, Fela Kuti,, Martin Denny and George Clinton having a scrap in a second hand record shop and you'll be half way there', but it falls way short as a description.

There's nothing calculatedly trendyin Homelife's ramshackle fusions; it all sounds like it just happened by accident, and by some quirk of fate the tape was running to capture it. Propelled by squelchy analogue synths, eccentric drumming and the tiny bashings of a thousand percussion instruments, Homelife's floating collective produce a richly exotic global fusion without coming across as the usual WOMAD worthies or cynical cultural magpies; bass clarinets jostle with glowing strings, failing drum machines, recorders and the creaky funk of ancient clavinets.It is astrange but potent brew.

As on previous albums (notably the fab Flying Wonders) songs emerge as though someone's actually writing them while they're being played; yet they're often perfect pop songs. Vocalist Faron Brooks is back to lend his honeyed Nashville twang to the forlorn, wonky disco vibe of "Harder" and the psychedelic tropicalia of "April Sunshine", while the title track's falsetto funk will bore itself into your brain and stay there for ever.

Likewise, the cosmic Toytown-esque fusion of "A Casa" and the rainforest groove of "Windytreehouserollerdisco" carry hooks so sharp you don't feel them going in. There are reflective moments too; the fragile oriental drift of "Big Tree" or the bizarrelywarped ballad"Strangers". There's even a hymn of praise to the much maligned banjo, which can't be a bad thing. Lovely. --Peter Marsh

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It's hard to tell if Homelife have become more ordinary recently, or if they've just become very odd in a different direction. I wonder if their association with Ninja Tune has perhaps pushed them into a more sensible area than they have been before...
I don't think this is as good as "Cho Cho" (their second album) but it's still really good. The title track is brilliant, and there's a couple of other gems in here.
So while this is not as striking as I think Homelife used to be, it's still well worth getting. Probably best if you get it BEFORE the others, otherwise you might find yourself never listening to it in their favour...
It's still better than their first CD though.
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HASH(0x8cf62d98) out of 5 stars Homelife - Guru Man Hubcap Lady 28 Oct. 2011
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The collective Homelife may have broken up mostly into component parts, but their vision as a group on GURU MAN HUBCAP LADY still stands as testament. Equal parts live funk and twisted jazz, the album embraces an 'anything goes' spirit and lives up to it quite ably. The title track features vocals appearing all over the place, barely held in check by the drums, but the guitars and squatting horns and eventually banjo on "A Casa (The House)" seem perfectly controlled, if swinging. The varied instrumentation keeps things moving along at a brisk clip, from the thick bass, organ and congas on "Harder" to the mouth pops and tooting of "Windytreehouserollerdisco." But Homelife also varies its moods: the exotica of "The Lantern" interlude abuts the fat electronic bass of "Heaven Knows" and Seaming To's soprano-pitch vocals, whereas "Banjo" has hints of Latin percussion, and "April Sunshine" suggests a showdown at the OK Corral. "Big Tree" slows things down to a gentle shake and some humming before Seeming comes in to caress the track in a lullaby, and, to cap it off, "Strangers" drifts into some steel guitar and strings to emphasize the dreaminess. Weird, but definitely worth it.
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