|5 out of 5 (by HM)|
The Chillout Session - Ministry of Sound (CD Album)
"Blissed out beats from the best electronic
and alternative artists" states the album sleeve and it truly sums up what
this two cd album is all about. Chillout refers to a fast growing subgenre
of electronic music that focuses on creating that chilled out atmosphere
that is quickly becoming popular among club goers who need a place to come
down after a night of head throbbing dancing.
Don't get me wrong, this 29-track album is not entirely geared towards the
late nighters, but has a much wider mass appeal since there are many genres
and songs covered here.
|Some of the album highlights from the first
disc include Massive Attack's vocal based "Teardrop", Bozoo Bajou's "Down &
Out", Nightmares on Wax's "Les Nuits", Static Revenger's "Happy People"
(Chill Mix, which is my favorite track of the set), Underworld's "8 Ball",
Beloved's slightly dated "Sweet Harmony", the sad but beautifully melodic
"The Shining" by Badly Drawn Boy, the vocal soul pop "I'll Be Waiting" by
Full Intention Presents Shena, and the Michael Jackson sounding "Level
Green" by Hefner.
Highlights from the second disc include Sigur Ros' "Staralfur, MJ Cole's "I See", The Future Sound of London's "Papua New Guinea (Oil Funk Dub), the creepy "In The Bath" by Lemon Jelly (this track seems destined to being used in ads), dZihan & Kamien's "Smile" whose Moloko sounding vocals are keen, Lambchop's "Up With People" (Zero 7 mix), and the enlightened "Easter Song" by A Man Called Adam.
Overall the album is good peaceful listen. The songs are interesting while the moods they create are quite cerebral and very melodic with many textures explored. There are certainly stand out tracks, and there are songs that fall to the background, but the point of the compilation is to focus on the experience as a whole, from beginning to end. There is an enormous range of styles brought together to create the album and although not a dj mix set, for the most part all of the tracks bleed together to keep the tone moving forward. The songwriting ranges from brilliantly uplifting, to funerary, all the way to porn music! None the less, the album puts you in a new state of mind after listening to it, which isn't always a bad thing! So break out the pillows, dim the lights, rake your Zen garden, and settle in for a head trip that hopefully this time you'll remember!
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