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Best of Strange Cargo
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
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William's the Master of the Electronic Music Soundscape
tagman77 | Bountiful, UT USA | 06/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I visited a local record store about 4 years ago, and stumbled upon the works of William Orbit. I liked his music so much, that I bought a used copy of it, which was being played in the store. The sales clerk had been playing it in the store, because he was a huge William Orbit fan. If you're into elctronic, synth-pop music...then this is the album for you."The Best of Strange Cargos" was one of the first techno CDs I ever bought. I've listened to a lot of Depeche Mode, Erasure and New Order, before I ever heard of William Orbit. His work is "mind-blowing." It's so well-structured and complex. (I wish he got more airplay on the radio.) I like to refer to him as "The Master of the Electronic Music Soundscape," whose musical style can be compared to the likes of Peter Gabriel: with the "ethereal, trance-like approach" to some of his music. I'm pleased with the composition of the matierial.
He's so brilliant.I enjoyed listening to Madonna's album "Ray of Light" in which William brought to the surface, his dynamic-sequencing of "electronic-riffs" and "drum & bass." It's too bad, he didn't do very much work on Madonna's follow up album "Music." He has this special-way of captivating the listener with each song on the album. "Water From A Vine Leaf" transports you on this magical journey through space and time, (using your imagination) with the haunting-vocals of Beth Orton, and the beautiful sound-layering techniques; it starts-out real mellow - and then all of a sudden - it blows you away with it's mystical charm. "Dark Eyed Kid" has got some of the best bass-lines I've ever heard. "Via Caliente" has this sort of spanish-style twang to the song; it's so relaxing. This is like listening to Barry White with the deep, resonant-sounding voice of Divine Bashim on "Time To Get Wize." I could go on and on about this artist's music; filling up a couple pages. You have to take a listen to all of the other songs to appreciate the skillful-mastery and song-writing efforts put into this great compilation. I give this 5 stars for a job well done."
Erica Anderson | Minneapolis, MN | 04/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first became familiar with William Orbit's name when he produced one of my personal favorite Madonna cds "Ray of Light". His experimental production style breathed new life into Madonna's music. Although I was disappointed that he only produced a couple of tracks on the follow up to "Ray of Light" for Madonna, I still enjoyed what he could bring to the table for the Queen of Pop as a producer. As a solo artist, "Pieces in a Modern Style" was my first William Orbit cd. His interpretations of various baroque classics were simply breathtaking, especially his interpretation of Samuel Barber's "Adagio For Strings". I briefly owned the first volume of "Strange Cargos" but to be honest, I wasn't really wild about it and eventually sold it a couple of years ago. I recently decided that I needed to hear what Orbit has done as an artist because it has been awhile since I have heard anything from him as an artist (not as a producer). I recently found a used copy of "The Best of Strange Cargos" and of course I bought it right away. Compared to "Pieces in a Modern Style", Orbit's work on the "Strange Cargos" series isn't nearly as mellow and downtempo. This is something I would hear from legendary techno acts The Orb and Orbital. I found "The Best of Strange Cargos" quite compelling to say the very least. I particularly enjoyed "Water From a Vine Leaf", with vocals from Beth Orton. A stunning masterpiece IMO. Just when the listener is completely relaxed while listening to this cd, in comes a rude awakening with the aggressive guitars and the sounds of broken glass on "Fire and Mercy". I enjoyed "The Best of Strange Cargos" a lot. I am anxiously waiting to hear more music from William Orbit as an artist."
Great Spinning soundtrack
S. Hill | Santa Clarita, CA USA | 01/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I teach Spinning at several gyms in the Los Angeles area, and, without exception, the cuts I use from this album during my classes are the students' favorites. Orbit has great musical taste which extends beyond good rhythm. His melodies are beautiful and moving, and are carried along by the drum and bass beat, not overwhelmed by it. This is great music for aerobic classes, Spinning, driving, even cleaning the house. True lifestyle soundtrack music. read the dish for more of my music reviews"