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on 29 December 2011
It's odd that this is the first review of this album. I can't understand why. It plugs into the influence and tradition of black music just as Amy Whitehouse and Joss Stone did, and although it clearly sounds like music of its time, it's held up a lot better than most music dating back to the early house/rave scene. Maybe M People fans have got better things to do with their lives than write reviews on Amazon.

All four of the original M People albums were good (in fact they are all very much in the same style - maybe it was as well they had the dignity to stop when they were at their peak), and this is the break through one. As the Product Description says, there's a mix of rhythmic dance tracks with some slower soulful ones. This doesn't sound very remarkable - until you hear Heather Small, surely one of the best British female singers of the last 50 years, with a beautiful strong and emotional voice. That lovely voice doesn't go to waste, as all the songs are intelligent and grown up, something that isn't the norm for music to dance to. The musicians behind all this are good enough, but maybe not quite as good as they ought to be, and the production is smooth and professional. Oh, and a bit too manufactured and slick for my ears, but that's a little quibble not everyone will share. All in all a very good album.

Aretha Franklin & Billie Holiday get 5 stars, so this has to get less - it just isn't as spontaneous, for a start. But you have to be pretty special to be compared to Aretha & Billie. If you shopped carefully you could get all 4 original M People albums for the price of a round of drinks in Wetherspoons. What are you waiting for?
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on 18 May 2014
I've got a bit of a confession to make. When I first laid eyes on this, the second studio album from 90's house music band, M People, I misread the title. Instead of "Elegant Slumming" I thought it actually said "Elegant Stunning." Slightly embarrassing from my perspective; but the content of the ten tracks that are available to listen to here could be considered "stunning." I certainly liked it.

The album starts as it means to go on. High energy 90's disco; and you don't even need a dodgy white suit and hair style to strut to it. I find a casual jumper and jeans are sufficient enough. Anyway two of the best known tracks by M People open up the album - ONE NIGHT IN HEAVEN and MOVING ON UP. The latter really impresses with its co-ordinated tag team of saxophone and keyboard usage, backed up by an exciting dance floor strutting tempo. It's a symbol of everything that is right about this album.

Other noteworthy performances outside of those opening two tracks include YOU JUST HAVE TO BE THERE. It starts and ends with some nice wind instrument usage and maintains its presence in background in the middle of the song. It's a nice elegant piece with some catchy jazz to massage your ear drums to. DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER has a lighter vibe compared to the other tracks, but is still lively enough to get you out of your chair; while MELODY OF LIFE is perfect balance of pop and trance that warrants a press of the replay button on your player.

The main criticism I can aim at "Elegant Slumming" is that the many of the songs run on for a little too long. Most of them run for over five minutes, and even with the good quality tunes it's difficult to remain engaged in them past the four minute mark. As much as I love ONE NIGHT IN HEAVEN and MOVING ON UP, I much prefer the shorter versions played elsewhere, such as on the radio or music video channels.

On the whole "Elegant Slumming's" performance warrants a 4-Star score. This album is not for those looking for something to help them drift off to sleep after a hard day. This is energetic material that provides more foot-prancing entertainment than...?...nah, I've got nothing this time. But do have a listen to it nevertheless.
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on 26 March 2014
I can remember buying this way back in the day. I played it and played it.

Everyone knows the hits on here and the other album tracks are great too. My favourite being you just have to be there.
It's essential part of my growing up , this was. Classy good pop music and a touch of heather small.

I buy it over and over again .
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on 17 November 2015
it plays great and im loving the cd
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on 9 January 2016
very good
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on 15 December 2014
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