Soundboy Rock CD
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GROOVE ARMADA Soundboy Rock (2007 UK 15-track CD album from one of the most consistently successful dance acts of recent years including the single Get Down the album features collaborations with Candi Staton Angie Stone Simian Mobile Discoand Mutya Buena [Sugababes] on the gorgeous Song 4 Mutya [Out Of Control])
Seven albums in, and if Groove Armada show no sign of handing in their chill-out crowns, Soundboy Rock suggests London's popular downbeat alchemists are more eager than ever to branch out. As the title suggests, this is an album that plays down Groove Armada's cocktail-supping Balearic side in favour of a more robust sound inspired by hip-hop, house and dub reggae. Immediate highlights are "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)", which could almost be a long-lost Madonna single of the '80s, but for the fact it features ex-Sugarbabe Mutya Buena on vocals; and the title track, a simmering reggae skank that sees Groove Armada joined by their MC, MAD, and Hard-Fi's Richard Archer on melodica. It's a surprisingly guest heavy record also on board is Alan Donohue of The Rakes, soul queen Angie Stone, Tony Allen of The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, and Simon Lord of Simian Mobile Disco. Being old hands now, however, Groove Armada are wise not to let this celebrity cavalcade distract them from the matter at hand that is, making bouncy, unpretentious dance music that balances a crate-digger's taste with maximum mainstream appeal. --Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
On Soundboy Rock, there are a couple of tracks that stay true to Armadas chill out laid back roots such as tracks heard on the classc Verigo but mjority of the album is very electro(ish) its hard to explain really what the style the album is, the title track is almots completly Dub style but with a nice modern edge, on the first listen it was my standout track.
Somehow though i think nearly every track has been my standout track at some point, which is something i have never experienced from any album!
the intro is sublime, but i cant explain why?? its just sets the album up perfectly and is the perfect length.
Get down the first single is ok but in my opinion the poorest track on the album, i think i would prefer just an instrumental version because the vocals annoy me. from here on though there is not a single second of the album that i would skip.
Most tracks are upbeat but the arrangment of the album is perfect with laid back tracks such as Paris and From the rooftops slotted in just to calm the album down just when needed. From the rooftops is such a beautiful track, it is instantly relaxing with it lazy piano and bass and featuring a simply georgeous slight vocal.
I do not want to say too much about each track but this album is amazing, i can not pick a standout track anymore, excluding the first single Get Down, they are all standout tracks in their own right.
I can not wait to see which style the boys are going to take their next album into.
In my opinion the best album of 2007 by a long long way, The Armada never fail to deliver, BUY IY NOW!!!
As well as being less rocky than "Lovebox" it's not as laidback as their classic album "Vertigo" (famous for "At The River"), so what you end up with is an inbetween-y album, not quite distinctive enough in too many places.
The first single "Get Down" is not representative of the album, as "Get Down" and "Out Of Control" (featuring ex-Sugababe Mutya) are by far the toughest tracks here. Some of the others border on lounge music, and there's plenty of atmospheric house. "Lightsonic" shows that they can do electro. Other highlights are "Love Sweet Sound" and the ballad (no really) "What's Your Version?". It's certainly varied enough to keep you listening.
The 'special edition' has two extra tracks "Feel The Same" and "Hands Up", bringing it to a generous total of 17 tracks. The two bonus tracks are pretty good but not essential listening.
This is a decent comeback album for Groove Armada (who have said in reviews that when they released their "Best Of" album they expected that the band would then split up), but it won't blow you away.
Much of this kind of music doesn't do anything for me at all. It's often barely tuneful, sometimes grating, and smacks of a sound that is going to date very quickly, once folk realise that isn't nothing short of annoying to listen to. It appears that underproduction is the new overproduction.
This album goes down that sonic avenue. But this album is different - it's a pleasure to listen to! They do allow big multitimbral sounds as well as minute '8-bit' waveforms. It is reminiscent of some of the better production values of the Nu Wave and Electric era in the early 80's, and a reason to reminiscence on quality music from my youth.
Some tracks stand out in both tunefulness and sound. Tracks 4, 6, 12, 15, 16 particularly so. That, for me, is alot of outstanding tracks on one album.
As the first reviewer here has said, it _is_ a grower. Listen to it once or twice, drop it for a week or two, and when you're in a good mood, pull it out again, pump up the volume - put the needle on the record
when the drum beats go like this.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an album that recently I heard for the first time in a number of years. Regrettably I still think this is a poor album, especially when considering what G*A showed that... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nick Lay
I have almost every single Album of Groove Armada as I absolutely love the music they do - I was looking for an Album with the song : Song 4 Mutya which seems to be only on this... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Dajana
My least favourite of Groove armadas stuff so far.
That doesnt mean it's bad, just not my cup of tea especially when compared to their other stuff
I think that a few older fans might listen to this and think ... what?!
However, this a really fresh album with plenty of really great tracks on it. Read more
I used to be into my G*A back when the Vertigo album came out, but then moved on to the Goodbye Country. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2008 by M. Owen
Absolute amazing album!
My album of the year so far!
What's so extraordinary about this album is the huge range of genres put onto one disc. Read more
From someone who dislikes much of the UK music scene and who's staple diet tends to be based around fairly loud American rock bands (Breaking Benjamin, Mute Math, Chevelle, et al),... Read morePublished on 17 July 2007 by MJabba
After "Vertigo" and, even more so, the excellent "Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)", I've got to admit this is something of a letdown. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2007 by Michael Beheim