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Helium

Helium

30 Mar 2009
4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
Urban Myth club offer us something different in this sublime and moving album. They are not a band as such, more a collaboration of talented musicians, singers and a fine producer. The music contained within album is the fruit of almost three years of work. Year's of hard graft on an album does not necessarily guarantee an excellent piece of work however when you add into the equation someone like Stephen Barton a Hollywood film composer who work on `Gladiator', and `Narnia' among others, things seem to fall into place. Though the album could easily been sectioned away as a "chill-out" or "down tempo" it floats graceful over all the pitfalls of these genre's. The phrase "chill-out music" seems put off music lover's mainly due to the churned out drivel that seems the fill a substantial amount of album with "chill-out" in the title. "Helium" on the hand is not mere background noise, it comes with the weight of a excellent film score and manages to stay as accessible as other similar bands such as Morcheeba or Portishead.

The Album starts with a short an sweet instrumental piece which allows "Urban Myth Club" to flex thier musical muscles and let the listener know just how well produced and musically flawless this album shall be. It also sets the scene for the single of the album "Feel It" which comes right after, this track effortlessly achieves both accessibility and manages to stay credible and interesting. As the album progresses the beautiful vocals of Clare Szembek who is prominent in 'Feel it' take more of a back seat and the music takes over. This is by no means a bad thing, compositionally the music is fantastic. Track three to eight seem float past with song structures so intelligent they could probably beat you at scrabble.
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I'm almost as curious to see if I can get away with submitting a 3 star review for this album as I was to hear it, having seen 5 star reviews across the board. Maybe a crack squad from the UMC E team will hunt me down and destroy me, for going out on a limb?

This is perfectly acceptable background music; the kind of album that people who don't buy albums will hear and ask 'Who's this?' then add to their collection, alongside Moon Safari, Zero 7, Dido and that CD what Moby did [sic].

For the rest of us, there's plenty more rewarding and eclectic sounds out there, and these folks who've all been moved to pen their singular, breathless 5 star reviews ("Make sure you use the word 'downtempo' in there!") could do worse than to indulge in a little Smoker's Delight.
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I had never heard of Urban Myth Club until someone recommended this album to me, but I am now very glad that I got this recommendation as it is just the sort of music I love. Others have compared it to Portishead, and on at least some tracks that similarity is apparent. However Helium is certainly a more varied album than Portishead's classic "Dummy". This is a wonderful album to sit back and relax to, while playing through a good system - it deserves a decent hifi to enjoy it at its best. However, I have been enjoying it so much that I have also been using it as background music while I work, and the mellowness of the music never intrudes when I am concentrating on something else. I highly recommend this album to others.
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After listening to just one of Urban Myth clubs tracks from their album Helium, I was totally blown away. All the tracks have beautiful melodies and creates an amazing orchestral mood that is perfecto just sit and chill out with.

This fresh new sound can chill you right to the bone and leave you feeling at peace for the rest of the day.

Urban Myth Club will take you away from everyday life to a place so relaxing you wont want to leave and if you keep listening you won't.

This album is defiantly not to be cast aside. Buy it, get your headphones out and Chill
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I was introduced to Urban Myth Club about 2 months ago and was instantly captivated.

'Moon and the Night' features spine-tingling vocals, and fuses delicate piano, warm synths and a solid groove. Its haunting orchestral pads and intricate melodies build an epic soundscape of moods whilst the dark groove drives the song.

The songwriting, arrangements and production that has gone into the making of 'Helium' are sheer brilliance.

The hypnotic essence of the album creates a truly nostalgic feeling. It is by far the best downtempo album i've bought this year. 'So Beautiful!'
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Let me start by saying I was not an immediate fan of this album, unlike a lot of people here. I very much like chilled electronica music and this album was being praised across the board, so I thought I would love it. However, as is often the case for me when listening to new music, it took me several listens before I started to properly enjoy this album. None the less, I still wouldn't say it deserves the over the top praise it has received.

There is no denying Urban Myth Club are a talented bunch (as most people who get deals to release an album probably are). They do create a wonderfully chilled atmosphere with this record, so it is ideal for sitting back and relaxing to. Unlike some chilled music albums, there is not one song here that breaks this mood, and that's how it should be.

However, while the chilled music here is nice and serves its purpose, I can't find much about it that really stands out. While there are some quite enjoyable songs here, I can't find any that I particularly love and think will be classics of chill-out music. A lot of the songs are quite similar, and while sometimes I can enjoy that in an album if the music is particularly good, I find here that by the second half of the album it starts to approach tediousness. (Although fortunately the album never quite becomes truly a drag.)

So ultimately, while there is definitely nothing unpleasant about this album, I wouldn't say there is anything particularly special about it either. In my opinion, this kind of music has already been done better by other artists such as Air, Zero 7 and some of Moby's work. However, those artists' albums are usually not as consistently chilled as "Helium" is.
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