The antidote to this year's make-a-quick-buck mainstream cds with "Chill" in the title, this is 2 and a half hours of pure quality - a good balance of anthems and ambient, you'll want this if you were at a Big Chill event this year, and if you weren't you need it all the more..
Bought this on the strength of a few tracks I already had. On listening, it made a suitable album to have on in the background but it lacked that certain something that makes it great to really listen to. As opposed to the truely atmospheric ambience being churned out by acts such as Blue States, Zero 7, Bent, Thievery Corporation, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Saint Germain and the like these tracks seemed a little barren and lacking in the body of the music. There was no mood capturing sweepingness to the majority of the tracks that makes this CD a lovely tinkly exploration but not something that would knock the socks of people at the downside of a party or chilled night in. There are some great tracks on here though...those that stand out particularly are Plastyc Buddha - got that lovely flutey echoey beach hut feel to it before wandering into hammond and Air riff areas, Bonobo - captures nicely a kinda cheeky Parisian cafe Jazz mood, Quantic - a laid back hip hoppy beat with a coaxy swirling instrumental over the top, jeni saint - with its haunty voice, and of course Zero 7 (but then if you don't know how good Zero 7 are yet I suggest you start there first!) All in all its an okay collection of lazy relaxed tunes which acts really more like a taster menu for you to find the artists that capture what style of chill out grabs you, rather than something you will want to listen to again and again. But then again what you want from a chillout album might be different to me! Theres enough on here to keep you busy for over 2 hours!!