If "It's In The Lifestyle", the first KOT long play (released in 2000, after a worthy compilation "The Beginning", two years earlier), was surely the strongest disco-house output of that genre so far (and still is now, sorry Joey Negro...), "Trouble", as its title suggests, is a mixed bag of styles, emotions and production skills. And it's clearly on that last point that this album doesn't quite fulfill its promises: if the opening track "Make Believe" (featuring the GREAT Steve Edwards on vocals) is an 8-minute long epic that you wish would never end, most of the other tracks suffer from their edited format presented here. "Changes", "Another Day" or "6pm", to quote just 3 of these, are ended by fade outs making you wonder why Mr Rivera didn't let the good times roll on a little bit more (a trick not used on "It's In Lifestyle", for some mindstorming results, as with "Young Hearts" or "Tear It Up").
Overall, "Trouble" sounds a lot like the work of a man frustrated within its "vocal house" tag, and who therefore wanted to show he couldn't be pigeon-holed into one single genre of its own: "Rain", for that matter (another tune presented in its full unedited glory), sounds like a tale of urban poetry littered by subtle beat trickery and wallowing strings, while "Dreams" (with its obsessing "Caravan"-inspired chorus - Duke Ellington must be dancing in Heaven to that one !) is a true smashing dancefloor cut(and one of the only two here, alongside the great "Through"), with vocalist Haze sounding like Dieter Meier from Yello getting back from some secret wild house party and ranting on what he experienced there (in his... dreams ?). If Sandy Rivera wanted to show how diverse his productions can sound, "Trouble" is a brilliant catalogue of these. But as a whole, it's a bit frustrating to hold such a long record (16 tracks in 77 minutes) within which there are few fillers ("London Fog", anyone ?) that could have been left over in the process.
Had it been reduced to its ten best cuts, in their unedited form, "Trouble" would probably have outclassed its predecessor. But this almost minor weakness aside, KOT's second full-length is anyhow one of (if not THE) best CDs of 2005 all genres altogether. And if you're addicted (like me) to "Dreams", "Through", "Another Day" or "6pm", please notice that they all got released as singles featuring their full-length versions (a mere 10 minutes for "6pm").
Great CD, but get "It's In The Lifestyle" first if you haven't already.
This is a album with some fantastic tracks, However as an album in it's self it is not very good. Should i buy it then you ask? yes if you love tracks such as changes or dreams. Just don't have too high expectations. There are a number of filler/boring tracks on this cd such as london fog, 6m, civil unrest, come with me and no problem. i would also like to point out that changes has been shortened somewhat. personally i prefer the longer version (see 12inch vinyl or defected miguel migs/sandy rivera). i also find myself pining a little bit for the fantastic vocals of Julie McKnight which were used on the previous album. i will still give it 4 stars for the tracks i like.
The only man in house music that can make deep dancefloor killer's and follow it with sublime soul. Sandy Rivera pull's it off again under his KOT guise. Sandy moved shop from the state's to london to work on this album for defective and the tracks alredy promoed are hot hot hot. check this release for some proper HOUSE MUSIC....