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Hamfisted & Unnecessary
on 18 October 2012
When considering whether to purchase this or not there were 5 existing reviews / ratings, and oddly each rating was different, one each from 1 star to 5 stars! I'm afraid having now made the purchase it's only 2 stars from me.
Now I rate this album as 2 stars IN COMPARSION to the rest of ACSS's canon of work. If I was rating 'Pod' against an album by, say, Westlife, or someone off the X Factor, or Phil Collins, then obviously I'd score it 5 stars - but against the other 5 albums that ACSS have produced, this only rates as 2 stars compared to the existing product.
Simply, the remixes don't add anything to the originals, in fact they seriously detract from the originals. Where tunes such as 'Release' and 'Rise Above' had a wonderful space between the celtic pipes and flutes and the African percussion (or vice-versa) in these versions that space is filled with further unecessary rhythm tracks. The sound is cluttered, the pace is forced, the subtleties of the originals strangled.
Hard then to see what this was supposed to achieve, other than something of a marker as the band went into stasis. 2010's 'Capture' best of doesn't have a duff track on it, so if you're completely new to Afro Celts, buy that, not this. If you already have some Afro Celt stuff albums 2, 3 & 4 are all essential ('Release', 'Further in Time' & 'Seed' respectively), albums 1 and 5 less so.
At least my single favourite ACSS tune of all, 'Big Cat' from 'Release' got spared being butchered by a remix on 'Pod'!