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  • Audio CD (5 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raw Canvas
  • ASIN: B000KGGHNS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

4hero are that rare sort of group whose career refuses to be summed up in the narrow bounds of a 300 word review. Suffice to say, they were there at the birth of Jungle and have played the role of the scene's eccentric uncles ever since, following their muses under a slew of aliases. Though they've been busy with other projects, this is their first new album since 2001's Creating Patterns. Where that album alternated classic tunes with driving left-field instrumentals, Play With The Changes is much more straightforward.

The album bursts into life with a lightning break before acquiring strings, horns, harp and Carina Anderson, familiar to 4hero fans from the previous album's standout cover version, 'Les Fleur'. 'Morning Child' is best described as anthemic soul. 'Take My Time' continues in like fashion with a slightly more electronic, funkier edge. 'Sink Or Swim' is all Fender Rhodes and a stop-start broken beat rhythm. Two exceptions to the album's silky flow come towards the end with 'Why Don't You Talk', a track that sounds surprisingly like jazz rock and the brief guitar-led finale, 'Dedication To The Horse'.

Almost every track has at least one guest, including the likes of 70s superstar songwriter/producer Larry Mizell, broken beat musicians Bembe Segue and Kaidi Tatham, and street poet Ursula Rucker. The latter's mother earth focus signals a rare moment of unease and echoes her lyrical contribution on 'Loveless', the opening track on 1998's Two Pages. The ever-shifting personnel gives the album a sense of variety, both in terms of vocals and rhythms. However, there's no loss of cohesion due to 4hero's production skills and, in particular, their string arrangements. Play With The Changes is a breath of summer sunshine. Its sophisticated affirmation is welcome, though it's difficult not to mourn the loss of 4hero's experimental edge. --Colin Buttimer

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When you look back retrospectively at 4hero's lengthy career over the early nineties to present, what strikes first is that it can be described as two distinct movements. First, from their proto-rave days ("Mr Kirk's Nightmare", anyone ?) to drum'n bass innovators status (1995's classic "Parallel Universe" LP), when Dego Mc Farlane and Marc Mac fuelled all their respective talents in one full sonic assault altogether.
Afterwards (and that is from 1998's "Two Pages" and since), their music clearly showcased their duality: if Dego's contributions went ever further into beats'n bleep trickery (which also meant being at the source of the "Broken Beat" sound, i.e. pals New Sector Movements and Bugz In The Attic), Marc Mac focused on a much more soulful and acoustic approach, all string-soaked and heavenly vocals. Therefore, and several years ahead of Outkast, 4hero became the first act since The Beatles ("White Album" period onwards) to showcase so fearlessly their artistic schizophrenia, culminating in their last proper LP, 2001's "Creating Patterns", where you could tell within a few bars which of the two guys had produced what track. If on "Two Pages", this diversity was segregated to two different discs, "Creating Patterns" was a mish-mash of both, radically changing styles from one track to another (which made its full-length listening somewhat frustrating, as you would sometimes wish for more of one genre instead of being busted from one to another all the way through).
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Being a total 4hero fan and followed every album (incl. remixes, jacobs optical) - Play really is the absolute definitive album - it all makes senses, the sounds are lush, the production tighter than anything before - previous albums have been experimental, this one really is the best - i've read conflicting reviews, critisiing that the production is maybe too good?? how is that possible? they helped shaped drum and bass, and well once you've conquered that space- why not conquer all the influences - this album is injected with drum and bass, soul, funk and jazz with modern day lyrics that will blow your mind the moment you listen to it- it just will refuse to leave your cd player...... truly brilliant.
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4hero have certainly produced a 'mature' piece of work on this occasion & there are moments on this album that are simply breathtaking. When you get rubbish like Mika getting to no.1 in the charts, why are singles like "Morning Child" not getting the success & the plaudits it deserves?

It could have been a mistake opening an album with such a strong track, but the album changes directions so many times in its duration. That could have led to a lack of cohesion, but all the styles fit together well, the total sum being greater than the individual parts.

So why I hear you say, only 4/5, instead of 5/5? Well, for a start Amazon doesn't allow 4.5 or 4.75 to be given as a mark!

Also, this 'limited edition' version of the album has a track at the end called "Dedication To The Horse" (the Amazon tracklisting above is incorrect) which is a substandard Hendrix-guitar crunching & squealing homage. Might be somebody's cup of tea out there, but it really ruins the feel of the album for me.

Yeah yeah I know - in this age of CD-programming & I-podding, I can obviously programme my player not to play that track, but I'm a bit old-school & I love sticking on an album for 45 minutes, 60 minutes, whatever, & thinking, this is where I'm going for that length of time.

But that's enough ranting about the negative - your soundtrack for the summer is already here - buy it now!
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I have been through the era of the 80's, 90's and up to now and I have listened to thousands of underground quality albums. 4 Hero were once rave producers and they were unique and dope back then. With this album they have shown their developing and defining sound which I simply love. Only in the UK can we produce such cool, nu jazz other than in Berlin but here we are the purvavors of COOL and UNDERGROUND and this prooves that REAL SOUL MUSIC is very much alive and kicking. PURE STYLE, CLEAN UPLIFTING AND SUPER COOL. What's not to like? Grab a copy and it will enhance your music collection for those special times of chillin or with close friends in your party.

Remember that, those who originate and innovate win and what these guys have shown is that they are masters at evolving through music and showing that they can deliver high standard nu-soul nu-jazz and funk in ways which others simply cannot. Like me, these guys have been through the 90's and learned alot from all angles and they have taken an approach which for me is progressive.

Super fly UK Producers

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Greg De Tisi AKA BoDeLow
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I have to agree with dbouqet below - this album has a couple of weak parts but when it's good it's oh-so-good. Tracks like 'Look Inside', 'Something In The Way' and the Ursula Rucker-featuring 'The Awakening' would be the best track on most other albums, but the title track here is mindblowing; the direction change is stunning and the last three minutes are something else. Discover for yourself. I think 4Hero have found their sound.
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