The Seduction of Claude Debussy Limited Edition
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2 - Born On A Sunday (4:40)
3 - Dreaming In Colour (6:42)
4 - On Being Blue (4:58)
5 - Continued In Colour (1:19)
6 - Rapt: In The Evening Air (4:21)
7 - Metaforce (3:44)
8 - The Holy Egoism Of Genius (7:56)
9 - La Flûte De Pan (2:45)
10 - Metaphor On The Floor (2:06)
11 - Approximate Mood Swing No: 2 (2:14)
12 - Pause (2:30)
13 - Out Of This World (Version 138) (5:27)
Seminal mid-1980s electro-pop players (their hit "Close to the Edit" recently provided sample fodder for Prodigy's "Firestarter"), Trevor Horn, Paul Morley, Anne Dudley, and new addition Lol Creme (of 10cc), have regrouped as Art of Noise just in time to introduce classical-jungle fusion to the world. Using revered composer Debussy's melodic blueprint to build its elaborate, velvety drum & bass compositions, the group manages to make what initially seems like a dodgy idea sound somewhat viable, particularly on dreamy, atmospheric tracks like "Out of This World". Vocal contributions come from Sally Bradshaw, Donna Lewis, Rakim, and even actor John Hurt. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
On the face of it, this should be a total mess. Jungle rhythms, motifs from Claude Debussy, rap provided by Rakim, vocals from Sally Bradshaw, Donna Lewis and Carol Kenyon, and narration provided by the unmistakeable John Hurt.
Miraculously though, with the possible exception of "La Flûte de Pan", it all seems to gel as though Jungle, Rap, Opera and turn of the century French Classical music should always be played together.
Particular highlights of this album include the opening track "Il Pleure [At The Turn Of The Century]", and the monumental "The Holy Egoism Of Genius". Listen towards the end of this track for a vicious turn of mood to match John Hurts' narration.
Also, listen out at the end of "Approximate Mood Swing No: 2" for a snatch of "Moments In Love"
The most beautiful tracks for me are Il Pleure - On Being Blue which can't play for long enough - and La Flute de Pan - truly haunting, the beauty of which is held for what seems like an instant once Metaphor on the Floor bursts forth. I also love Rapt: in the Evening Air followed by Metaforce which echoes the beauty of the former. The way the tracks are organised works for me. I couldn't have placed them better.
If you don't have this album on any format, get it now. It's a forgotten gem, a bit like Wayne's War of the Worlds meets Art of Noise (Below the Waste incarnation) versus Debussy. It's wonderful.
All the tracks blend into each other perfectly and the spoken word parts add to the music rather than get in the way (which is usually the case).
Very good for relaxing to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A unique and brilliant piece of work ... Production and creativity are second to none ... This has been regular listen for me since it first came out ... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Neil C
Electronica at it's best! This is def. a 'grower'. It's good the first time but then you find new songs and love more of it the more you listenPublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by Beardy_Man
Wow, this CD certainly divides opinion, doesn't it?
I found it dull and pretentious, frankly. Read more
Got the CD as soon as a heard it was out. Love Art Of Noise but this one is rubbish I am sad to say. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2008 by J. P. Sissons
This is not chillout stuff. If you want Drum and Bass with classically derived themes, you'll be happy. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2005