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Lemon Jelly
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
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The resurgence of rock in most aspects of popular music has certainly not gone unnoticed by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen as '64-'95 is littered with epic guitars and explosive refrains nestling amongst the d...  more »


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All Artists: Lemon Jelly
Title: '64-'95
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Xl Recordings
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Electronica, Dance Pop, Easy Listening
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 634904018221

The resurgence of rock in most aspects of popular music has certainly not gone unnoticed by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen as '64-'95 is littered with epic guitars and explosive refrains nestling amongst the downbeat soul for which they are best known. Opener "Come Down on Me" is tense, fiery, and for the most part dominated by the partnership of crashing power-chords and a lead synth that, while not big-beat, wouldn't sound out of place on an old Lo-Fi's or Chemical Brothers' album. However, for anyone missing the sugary sweetness of Lost Horizons, most of the album is business as usual--strict drum patterns and rolling, mesmeric loops of lush strings, acoustic guitars (that sound great if a little bit cheesy), and lovable bass hooks. Among the deviations in formula are "The Shouty Song," which comes across as some sort of harsh, contemporary jig and "The Slow Train," which utilizes a barber shop quartet to fantastic effect. From start to finish '64-'95 is pretty much devoid of filler and it culminates in the wondrous epic "Go," with the beat poet talents of William Shatner building to a crescendo that'll send anyone home with a smile on their face. --David Trueman

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Darrell L. Lee | Jackson, MS | 08/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With '64-'95, awesome duo Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen take musical samples from that year span and mold them into 9, truly wonderful tunes drenched in rock, soul, folk, electronica and house music. To the nay-sayers, this album is just a continuation of "Lost Horizons" and should be accepted as a work of pure genius. Not everyone can do such an outstanding job of mixing and shuffling as these guys do. You try mixing William Shatner into a song and make him sound good!

That notwithstadning, every song on '64-'95 was well produced and has a better dance-floor appeal than anything on "Lost Horizons" or "KY." Love how they mixed the chords and vocals of Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity" (1990) into the groovin', "A Man Like Me." I also dig the warmth and summery feel of "Make Things Right" which reminds me of an Arrested Development tune, and the hyper-drive of "Come Down on Me" and "The Slow Train".

Deakan and Franglen certainly know there stuff and they know how to keep their sound interesting without veering too far off the beaten path. To me, this body of work surpasses any of their past material, or any material by folks of their ilk--Yeah, That's right, you nay-sayers! I said it!!

Fantastic Job, Lemon Jelly! Highly Recommended!!!!"
It Was ...
DJ Lucky | Dallas, TX USA | 05/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This record deserves the 5 stars for "Stay With You" Alone, however the rest of the tracks are equally as catchy if you give them a chance. You MUST have in mind that this is more of a "what's inside their heads when they hear..." rather than a 100% original Lemon Jelly product. THEY WARN YOU ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE DISC 'this is not like our last cd', so why would you be so stupid as to compare them? And though they're awesome Chillout producers, they're wonderful House/Dance producers as well. I say it again and again, they deserve 5 stars for this whole record and for having the guts of showing us what it's like inside their turntables."
Hopefully an Awkward Moment
Starcadia | Alexandria, VA USA | 03/04/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When I saw that Lemon Jelly had a new album out, I freaked. Lost Horizons, their last effort, very quickly earned a spot on my all-time top-10 list, and I raced to get the new, undoubtedly brilliant release. But alas, I have similar feelings as many of the reviewers here. I agree that those like me who really enjoyed Lost Horizons will not enjoy this nearly as much. It's, well, very different. My impression of '64-'95 is that it was created for a more mainstream audience, what with the harder edge in a couple tunes and the R&B stylings in others. I'll give Lemon Jelly the benefit of the doubt and not call this a complete sell-out, but it's as if they felt embarrassed by the sensitivity of their last album compared to the acts out there who are more popular because they're more hard-hitting.

I really enjoyed Lost Horizons for its subtle and restrained compositions, the way most if not all of the tracks would mesmerize with their repetition, but would creep up on you and surprise you in various ingenious ways. It just seemed a lot more rigorous, careful, and artfully musical than this new one.

There are some good moments on '64-'95, but not enough, not as many as I've come to expect, which after many optimistic listens, makes this album disappointing. I sincerely hope this was just an awkward moment for these guys and that their next album will bring them back from craft to art.

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Several months later...

I've tried a few times to listen to this album again, even to find a decent track on it for a compilation, and it's useless. That pretty much sums up the album for me: Useless. Dammit, I wanted to like this album as much as I liked Lost Horizons, if not in the same way, then in a different way! Were KY and, especially, Lost Horizons flukes?"