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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000NJLQVA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let's Be Adult
  2. Hasta Luego Mr. Fab
  3. Get Down
  4. The Things We Could Share
  5. Save My Soul
  6. What's Your Version?
  7. Paris
  8. Love Sweet Sound
  9. The Girls Say
  10. Lightsonic
  11. Soundboy Rock
  12. Drop That Thing
  13. Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
  14. From The Rooftops
  15. See What You Get
  16. What's Your Version?

Product Description

Product Description

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])

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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 Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
I can not properly express the way i feel about Groove Armada, and in particular this album, i can not think of another artist/artists that have progresseed this much throughout there albums, i have every album they have released so far and each one could be mistaken as coming from a different artist.

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!!!
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Format: Audio CD
To all purists, yes, I would agree that this is certainly not classic GA, however for me this is sheer "progressiveness" pleasure. Just love it, the mix of chilled funk jazz style with break-beat and pure unadalturated disco is just heaven - no, I am not a muso-journo (as you can probably tell) but, this is a great mix of styles that GA can pull off and, are renowned for - remember, they are an eclectic bunch, as are their listeners ... enjoy
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Even though this album is called "Soundboy Rock", Groove Armada have left behind the rockier more guitar-heavy sound of previous album "Lovebox" and replaced it with a more Ibiza- and beachy-friendly mix of arrangements.

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.
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At first I found the tracks too different from each other but on second listening there is a link that I enjoyed. I loved "whats your version"? and "paris". I think that "Song for Mutya" supposedly the next single will be a great summer hit. Although very different from their other albums it shows how much they have "grown" in the 3 years since Lovebox. They are a great band who play their music "live", no mean feat for a Dance Act - I have been to many of their gigs and they are always excellent. If you haven't been to one then try and go while they are on their current tour.
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There's a big move to 80's-retro, clicky and 'Commodore 64 game soundtrack'-style sounds in a growing wave in the wide and wonderful world of Dance Music.

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.....
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