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on 6 January 2000
Most people who have seen the Fun Lovin Criminals will agree that Huey is the coolest (white) man in the world. The band themselves are at their best as a lounging soundtrack, music for relaxing with friends, drinking martinis and smoking cigars to. With this in mind the thought of a FLC album containing nothing but schmooze versions of their songs and loungey covers was a terrific prospect that had me in front of the mirror perfecting my New York accent in anticipation.
Mimosa has some great songs on it, the highlights being new-but-already-becoming-classic 'Couldn't Get it Right', the fantastic version of 'Scooby Snacks', and the superb 'I Can't Get With That'. All are brilliant tracks and ideal for background music as you chill out. The one problem is that it doesn't seem to all fit together as an album.
Since producing a record as cool as Come Find Yourself, FLC haven't made an album that fits together as it should. The songs just don't flow as well as on their first CD, or in their live set. All their tracks are worth listening to, but it seems the band define a sound then move away in tempo or style. This sounds fine in theory, but doesn't work for them (I don't know why, it just doesn't). When I buy a FLC album it's to reach a comatose level of relaxation and Mimosa doesn't quite let me do that.
If you are a fan or buying the album for the individual songs then go ahead, you won't be disappointed. If however you are looking for a 'complete' album, or a smooth lounging soundtrack, make sure you have their first album, Come Find Yourself, first.
That aside it is a fantastic version of 'Scooby Snacks'...
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on 16 January 2001
This was a total surprise for me. The choice of tracks to cover makes you wonder what you are in for but after the first few you can just settle back and let the CD play on and on. Scooby snacks is brilliant, and you will notice people do a double tack as they recognise the odd track. Everyone is guaranteed to start smiling when they hear I'm not in Love. The best CD I've heard in ages. Buy it.
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on 13 December 1999
Many groups have re-released their old stuff just before Christmas to get the cash. It seems at first like Huey, Fast and Mikey are doing the same. However, when they have taken the time and trouble to completely re-invent ('re-mix' does not do them justice) every single song on the album, and release it at the price they have, I hope they clean up and watch the cash pour in. Any group that can take a classic tune (We Have All The Time in The World) and use a Copa Cobana mix and still make it sound cool deserves success. Probably the most underrated band in the US, they seem to taking the UK to their hearts and vice versa. Ozzy Osborne's Crazy Train is so far away from the original that even Mary Poppins could not get that far away. Bombin the L is a class tune. This about the third version I've heard of it and they are all brilliant. Mimosa is best served with Branston Sandwich Pickle as the lumps are smaller and so the cheese will go down much more Scmooovely.
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Once again the Criminals are back with even more schmoove style, this time in the form of a tribute/B-side/lounge album. Cheese is not a factor here, it's all smooth as silk. How could anyone say they did not instantly appreciate I'm Not In Love and Shining Star.
I just can't wait for their next album!
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on 11 January 2000
When I first heard the album I was worried. Apart from a fantastic version of Scooby Snacks and the brilliant first track "Couldn't Get it Right", too many of the songs sounded like cheesy covers to me. However, having listened to the album again, I think that the "cheesiness" actually adds to it, stopping you from taking some of the tracks too seriously. Unfortunately, they saw fit to include the terrible "Copa Cabana version" of the classic "We Have All the Time in the World". This album could have been an awful lot worse though and it says a lot about the Fun Lovin' Criminals that they can even make a 'bad' album sound good; Mimosa is certainly not up to the standard set by "Come Find Yourself" and "100% Colombian", but very enjoyable all the same.
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on 5 January 2000
Ever since I first heard them in Summer of 1996, FLC can do no wrong. This aside, Mimosa is far classier than any review could do it justice. Highlights, without doubt are the haunting strains of the re-working of Scooby Snacks,... Bombin' the L (should be the movie soundtrack to badguys brawling on a freight-train in a western), Couldn't Get It Right (you gotta love it), Crazy Wind and....well, the rest of the album basically. If you're a fully-fledged fan or just curious as to what these guys are about, buy this record, don your finest big-collared shirt, (preferably Hawaiian) apply the shades and then watch your friends marvel at how implausibly schmoove you are.
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on 6 December 1999
Very cool opening, plenty of covers and b-sides, and a couple or three new tracks (although I'm not sure how "new" they actually are). Not a bad album by any means, and... a bargain! Not quite as good as "Come Find Yourself" but has a far funnier version of "Coney Island Girls", and a stupendous cover of "We have all the time.." (Copa Cobana Mix). Smoking. They have been and this is.
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on 9 July 2004
Mimosa, by the Fun lovin' Criminals: If you like FLC you will love 'Mimosa',its a laid back re mix of some of their more lovebale tracks, 'up on the hill' 'scooby snacks' ahhhh its pure heaven for a wind down afternoon... the boys done good here with this album.
Although a slightly old album now, never the less its totally enjoyable and well worth it.
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on 5 January 2000
Having bought the first two albums, 'Mimosa' was a 'must have'. I bought it without hearing or reading any reviews, and I have to admit to feeling a bit cheated when I read the track listing, wrong can you be? This album perfectly captures the atmosphere of faded Vegas 'glamour' and Tarantino gangster chic. It hasn't left my CD player yet...
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on 8 January 2000
This album has to be one of the most layed back albums you'll find. The combination of Huey's smooth crooning vocals and the Nu Yorkian style choonz make this a perfect elevator album. To the unsophistacated listener, it may come across as being extremely cheezy, but to fans of chill out it's unmissable.
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