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Synthesis Import

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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ministry of Sound
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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If you recall the impact Learning Curve had when it hit the scene, its astonishing that Synthesis hasn't made a similar splash. We are now in a post-house era and sythesis reflects this. It refuses to be pigeonholed, is it triphop? is it chillhouse? or even pop? The end result is a collection of amazingly produced beautiful tracks. My pick being In Your Corner, listen to it and fail to be transported, I challenge you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rap is back, but is the magic still there? 7 July 2010
By M. Ram - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
DJ Rap's last studio album, Learning Curve, made waves way back in 1999. Though she has put out some great mix albums in the last few years (including Brave New World, Bulletproof and Up All Night), fans have been waiting for a follow-up to LC, and 2010's Synthesis is the result.

First off, you should know that Synthesis has very little of the sound Charissa is known for. Most of the tracks consist of electro-pop selections with alternative mixed in; if you didn't know this was DJ Rap, you'd probably think it was No Doubt circa Return of Saturn! The only tracks that feature any kind of drum-and-bass/breaks are 5, 6 and 10. Note that 6 is "I'm Ready," which is supposed to be the highlight of the album, yet is the second-shortest song at only 2:50 long! I feel cheated by this, especially since the whole album is only 46 minutes long. There couldn't be a longer mix of "I'm Ready"? How about some remixes, or a hidden track, or even including the video for "I'm Ready" on the disc? To put it into perspective, Learning Curve was over an hour long, and none of the songs (outside of "Ordinary Day", which was basically an acoustic bonus track) was less that 4 minutes long.

From all this, you've probably gathered that I don't like this album. Actually, it happens that I enjoy a wide variety of music, and I like the vibe given off by the album as a whole. Like LC, it has sort of a darkness to it, like she's blowing off steam about the ups and downs she's been through in the last few years (though the few cuss words were really out of place and annoying). It's understandable though; Synthesis itself was released prematurely and uploaded onto bootleg sites almost immediately. It's because of this that I decided to pay more for the physical album* to support her, and though it's not up to my expectations, I still feel it was a good purchase.

*Outside of the part holding the disc, the album is held in a plastic slipcover. The insert slides into a flap behind the cover, and has lyrics for all the songs (only one picture of Charissa though...I wanted more!). One thing I found funny was that the "T" in "SYNTHESIS" is missing on the side label, so it says "DJ RAP SYNHESIS" instead.
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid purchase for fans 22 Feb. 2013
By Grammaton - Published on
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I'm fairly new to DJ Rap, having first stumbled across her in 2010, more than a full decade since her first album. Therefore, I've still yet to sample most of her work, but I've purchased Learning Curve and Bulletproof prior to Synthesis, and enjoyed both greatly.

All three albums are very different, and Synthesis is different in its own way. I had heard that Synthesis was a quite a bit different, but Rap's work in this album compliments her different styles in Learning Curve and Bulletproof. It feels like a mix of her older work with some of her more recent drum and bass tunes, and the whole album is overall smooth and easy to listen to.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning strikes twice 24 July 2010
By James Graves - Published on
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I love her first record, "Learning Curve." It's one of the few albums I listen to the whole way through. For the most part I'm all over the place because of my Ipod and hard drive.

"Synthesis" is just as good to my ears. I love her music because it bears repeated listenings.

I love this lady's music. Its deep but still fun. It's different without being unlistenable.

Love ya Rap.
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, Charissa! I missed you! 16 May 2010
By Brad Hofbauer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been eagerly anticipating this album since Learning Curve 2 was first speculated upon years ago. Learning Curve is still one of my favorite albums, and the spiritual follow-up, Synthesis, does not disappoint. I think this is her most melodic venture yet, and aside from "Finally Get To You", I enjoy every track on this album. It may not be as break-heavy as LC, but in my opinion, Synthesis IS more consistent. I would have liked to hear some infusion of d&b ( know...she IS the queen of d&b), and there is less attitude on this album and more vocal showcasing, not to mention My World and I Just Wanna Feel Good almost...just ALMOST sound like Goldfrapp Supernature-era rip-offs, but it is still one fantastic album in its own way. I truly hope Charissa gets the recognition she deserves because she makes good music to move to.

I purchased my copy from iTunes, which has a brilliant Metasyn remix of "I'm Ready" as a bonus track. My favorite tracks on this album are both the remix and original of the aforementioned track, Catching Bullets, I Wouldn't Change A Thing and My World.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal Opinion 1 July 2010
By GP_AmazonFan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album will get mixed reviews because it's difficult to categorize. BT fans will feel at home with the very "BT" feel...(stuttering, vocals, song structure..) DnB DJ RAP fans will be uneasy simply because she is trying something different. There are fine production values, attention to detail, and real attempts to raise her own bar. The rhythm sections are not too shabby at all (bass lines are solid and moving). You will have to forget the 'predictable' DJ RAP and take the album for what it is. A true musician's soul is not tied to a style or category - I'd probably be fine if she puts out a hip-hop album. I see a very bright future for DJ RAP. P.O.: DJ RAP is a fine musician and this album is kind of a departure, a very listenable and enjoyable musical dish. P&L
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