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on 19 April 2003
The mix of 'world' music and dance/dub tricknology is no longer a surprising one. TV commercials are soundtracked with musical wallpaper that creates a bland Benetton picture of a world where all cultures are melded into a vacuous Pot Noodle. A 1001 acts have sampled muzzein wails and bunged breakbeats on top, and the resulting ambient blancmange can be heard in cafe bars worldwide. The fact that this album uses many of those elements and makes something fresh out of them is surprising then, but Adrian Sherwood has been surprising listeners for a long time now. At times his On-U Sound has become formulaic, but here he's sculpted something playful and with real feel where so many create uniformity from the same ingredients. In Sherwood's hands, the mix of polyethnic sound sources and dub-inflected rhythms is as inventive and enjoyable as anything he's achieved with African Headcharge, Tackhead, or Little Axe.
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on 31 March 2003
Adrian Sherwood has been a bit quiet for the last couple of years, with only the occasional production spot and a slump in the out turn of ON U Sounds. This is all changing with this frankly superb album.With all the "mates" Adrian is able to work with it is no wonder that this is a well crafted work throughout, including guest musicians Sly and Robbie, Skip "little Axe" McDonald etc etc.From the start the hypnotic head nodding beats kick in, with uptempo sampled beats in the foreground and bizzarre wailing noises in the background. The album moves on from there to throbbing bass, political issues (waste not want not) and even a guest appearance by his kids on vocals!A true masterpiece by the man who has for so long (20 years!) been behind the mixing desk, finally showing that he has the artistic inclination that we all suspected all along.
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on 23 April 2003
This album represents everything that much of today's modern music lacks, that is, genuine class. The album subtly mixes the old with the new, showing off the true quality of Sherwood's dub production. Haunting and unusual sounds are all mixed together, creating an original, vibrant flavour. Theres an exotic mix of 'drumm n bass', 'Oriental', 'Jamaican' and everything else in between in NTAH. Fans of Dub Syndicate et al, will eat this up.
Track 6 and 7 are the real stand outs.
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on 31 May 2010
Adrian Sherwood is the probably the best producer in the world as far as I'm concerned and though for me his peak is the first Tackhead album this is pretty much as good as it gets. Where this one succeeds is in making the sort of world music dub beat that many aspire to but by working with real musicians instead of samples he pushes things into other levels. Particularly recommended are the tracks with S.E.Rogie and Harry Beckett. And you should check the Harry Beckett album he produced too!
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on 11 April 2009
I don't write reviews for Amazon but was rather surprised to come across Tim Hooper's one describing the Adrian Sherwood debut as 'very disappointing'. It isn't; the review is wrong; and customers who might have been put off can accept with confidence the judgements of the other 5 star reviews. The recording is, as one said, a 'true masterpiece' or at least up towards the top of Sherwood's 30+ years' output.
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on 19 July 2004
Sherwood's reputation as a producer is remarkable. Through the work of others he has forged a unique sound and his impact of modern dance is immense. It's sad then that his first solo album is such a pale, unfocused thing. I was expecting Sherwood to give full reign to his kaleidoscopic armoury of beats, bub and samples, but no. there are a few flashes but generally this is as bland as a mid-period Afro Celt Sound System LP. Even Peter gabriel couldn't be this dull with such a mix of sources!
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