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Out of Nowhere
Jimi Tenor
Out of Nowhere
Genre: Dance & Electronic
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Out of Nowhere is the fifth album from Finland's most flamboyant export, Jimi Tenor. Fans of Tenor's sleazy/easy electro cabaret (imagine Soft Cell crossed with Frank Sinatra) won't be disappointed by this latest offering,...  more »


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All Artists: Jimi Tenor
Title: Out of Nowhere
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warp
Release Date: 6/13/2000
Album Type: Import
Genre: Dance & Electronic
Styles: Trip-Hop, IDM
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

Out of Nowhere is the fifth album from Finland's most flamboyant export, Jimi Tenor. Fans of Tenor's sleazy/easy electro cabaret (imagine Soft Cell crossed with Frank Sinatra) won't be disappointed by this latest offering, but they may be perplexed at first. Jimi has undergone a conversion; he has discovered orchestras. The album opens with a return to Tenor's more experimentally inclined roots, a four-minute pastiche of contemporary composers, including Ligeti. John Barry this ain't; "Hypnotic Drugstore" even wheels out a sitar for some exotic fusion funk. Luckily, it also contains one of Tenor's bona fide top-class pop tunes. There are plenty more--the gruff, broody groove of "Blood on Borscht," the avant-disco of "Spell," the dreamy sound of "Better Than Ever"--all graced and enhanced with Tenor's new-found adventurous orchestral toy. This is clearly an accomplished album, Tenor's best yet.

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MaddKhameleon | Singapore: The City of Sin | 08/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It really seems that nobody cares about Jimi Tenor, right? How about you, Finns? Where is your patrotism? That is probably why I am the first one who writes about this album. Wow, Jimi keeps getting better, I tell you, 'Supermodified' by Amon Tobin now has its rival for my top album of 2000. Yeah, I know, it is still too early to say that, many of you might call me ridiculous, but if I don't rave this one, who will? Look, who else will? If you like 'Organism', you might not like this one, because it is downright different, even audacious . You cynics may say this is not ground-breaking,but that's Jimi's labelmate Aphex or Squarepusher's job,isn't it? Jimi plays a role of being a recognizable face who can make cool, funky music with a futuristic edge. Just like Bjork and Tricky, Bjork is a star, she lives on a different planet as Tricky. I am not comparing Jimi to Bjork, his mind is more demented and he is even more talented than the Icelandic Queen whom, at the point of time, fails to push the envelop any further. Back to the album, the sound here is indeed more experimental and forward-seeking. The title track sounds more queer and alien than anything he has done before, really! This could be one of the best tracks he has ever writen, grim, ominous and fresh. Stereolab should take note of 'Out Of Nowhere',I dont hope to hear another 'bad jazz with xylophone'again, their sound these days are really getting on my nerves. The second cut on 'OON' sounds more upbeat, more accessible, to my surprise, he even makes use of sitar, together with synth effect, with the complement of really soulful vocal, work of a genius. The rest of the album is diverse while coherent. 'Spell' could be this album/year's 'Year of Apocalypse', it sounds even funkier. Funky, yeah, that's the word to describe him, not the wealthy but poor manboy Beck, Beck tries hard to be the Prince of the 90's, while Jimi reminds me of Prince even though he has no intention of emulating him, I am not talking about merely imitating him,dear Mr.Hassen. Again, Jimi has made a record that makes Beck green with jealousy, he simply does not have the capacity."
Out of shape, and better for it.
Dirk Hugo | Cape Town, South Africa | 11/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For those who profess to have eclectic tastes, this album could prove frustrating, challenging and ultimately liberating. On first listen it's a jumbled mish-mash of disparate styles and ideas, but repeated exposure reveals Mr Tenor's knack for funking up decades' worth of Easy Listening World Muzak. Imagine if Prince were locked up with nothing but a collection of Martin Denny albums for a few months! Jimi Tenor's musical focus is perverse, persuasive and curiously passionate."