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sad to say - a real disappointment
on 28 April 2006
I was extremely eager to hear this album, but unfortunately it was a huge disappointment for me. In my opinion Coldcut have been responsible for some of the best music of my time - Beats and Pieces, Timber, the marvel that is 70 minutes of madness. Nothing on this album matches, or even comes close to, those stormers. Some excellent music is ruined for me by some terrible, dare I say cheesy, vocals. I am big fan of soul but this just sounds far too smooth and (something I never thought I would say about Coldcut) cliched. Also the lyrical content of the album can be a bit excruciating - I agree wholeheartedly with what they are saying, but I really don't need it spelt out to me in a cumbersome fashion within a pop song. Also, if there is anyone out there that does think that 3rd world debt is a good thing, will they review their politics because of a Coldcut song? Anyway, that's by the by. As it is Coldcut there is obviously the odd moment of brilliance - the tune with Roots Manuva (True Skool) is outstanding, but the rest, for me, was very deflating - but I guess only because of the high standards Coldcut have set themselves. Sorry.