Anyone who liked Herberts last album "Bodily Functions" is bound to enjoy this, there is certainly less emphasis on the electronic, but this has given him the scope to expand the jazzy/big band sound, and it's done to fantastic effect here. We have vocal stylings from the legendary New Yorker Arto Lindsay and honey toungued vixen Dani Siciliano amongst others. To accompany this there are 5 sax, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, drums, piano and bass (ripped by dave Green.. get your dbfb banging for this).. The result is ten of the best jazz/electronic crossover tracks to appear for a while. Interesting too is that the album is made accrding to the rules of PCCOM.. which have been drawn up by Matthew and could become to music what Dogma is to cinema.
This is a jazz album, by a medium sized band (not exactly a typical big band sound) and some fine vocalists. The electronic aspect, which I think many people expect (and some apparently seem to miss), comes in the form of the delicious and often very subtle twisting, layering and distorting of the band's sound. The result is a beautifully composed piece of (often vocally accompanied) jazz that has a dynamic quality you just couldn't get from a straight recording of a jazz band. If you really don't like jazz, you will obviously struggle to enjoy this album. However, if you have any appreciation of music, this is absolutely one of the more important albums to come from one of the finest musicians working at the moment. It is truly a cliched 'must buy', and I rarely say that.
This album is on a par with Cinematic Orchestra's 'Every Day' album - not that it sounds the same, but it has the same inventive, innovative and experimental streak that makes you sit up and listen attentively to every track. I love this album - some of the tracks less so than others, but as a collective piece, its stunning - a real marvel of super-cool, big-band come experimental electro sounding genius! Definitely one for any serious music lover to own!.
I bought Goodbye Swingtime on the strength of Herberts other albums particularly Bodily Functions. This album is a quality recording with quality musicians but is too self-indulgent and lacks any sort of hook. It just doesn't grab you.