Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
While the tempos on Groove Armada's Vertigo vary from Fatboy Slim-ish party rockers to Air-like downtempo ambient grooves, the songs themselves are downright simple, sample-laden, and sugary sweet. And though those adjecti... more »
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While the tempos on Groove Armada's Vertigo vary from Fatboy Slim-ish party rockers to Air-like downtempo ambient grooves, the songs themselves are downright simple, sample-laden, and sugary sweet. And though those adjectives would be fightin' words in many contemporary dance subgenres, it is not meant as anything other than praise here. The sophomore full-length by London duo Tom Findlay and Andy Cato is unabashedly pleasurable--this is straightforward, hook-heavy stuff, aimed perfectly for the airwaves. Entire six-minute songs are crafted from just a few samples. This approach may strike some as lazy, but the music is invitingly melodic, modern dance-pop, and you'll want to hear the songs over and over, especially the uptempo "I See You Baby" and the mellow "At the River." --Mike McGonigal
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"First and foremost, anyone who is expecting a fat-boy slim album, read the next review. Secondly I'd have to say that this album is superior to any fat boy slim album yet released by a wide margin. It's an album that deserves to be taken on it's own terms, in that it is different from anything else out there. Yes, there are comparisons to air, moby(?), and whatever else. But, anyone who makes those comparisons obviously listens a little too hard to find similarities because it makes them comfortable. Upon listening to this album more than ONCE, one should come to the conclusion that it really is cohesive, flowing, and well put together. IF one is looking to make a comparison, i personally would say Alpha (on melankolic) with the rhythmic sensibility of Basement Jaxx, and even that's a stretch. The chill-out tracks are better than the up beat ones. JUST BUY IT."
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Dogville | Sunny Island | 06/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Groove Armada has achieved cult status...with people like Elton John and Madonna prasing their worthiness. And madonna has roped them to do a remix for her forthcoming single, so there must be something great about this dance/electronica duo. Well at first listen, it may be nothing impressionable. However, repeated plays will have you craving for more of the funk in Groove Armada. Don't let the Fatboy Slim-ish sounding I See You Baby fool ya, cos GA is very different. They are rooted in heavy beats & rhythms and draw their influences from dance/electronica to triphop & hiphop. The recommended tracks are of cos, I See You Baby, If Everybody Looked The Same, At The River, Dusk You Dusk Me and more... A bonus CD that surfaced in some editions contains the infectious FATBOY SLIM remix of I See You Baby, Elephant remix of Inside My Mind, plus 2 other remixes of Chicago & A Private Interlude. GREAT STUFF!"
waldig | austin, tx | 03/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"first, you have to be ok with the fact that these guys are all over the place. if you have any subgenre obsessions or hangups, don't bother with groove armada. but if you like a little funk, a fair amount of house, and a whole hella-va-lotta air-esque atmospheric groove, then these are your guys. as long as it's this well done, they can mix in whatever they like. definitely one of the best things in this style since moon safari (which will, of course, probably never be beat), but distinctively more british. if you're trying to decide whether or not to buy this one, don't try to scan through the first minute of each track. that would be a terrible gauge of the cd...it demands a little more, but it gets so good and it's oh so worth it."