Back To Mine Compilation
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Everything But the Girl's contribution to the 'Back To Mine' series is a pure chill-out mix, perfect for late-night lounging. Low-key, atmospheric folk-pop by Beth Orton and Mary Margaret O'Hara bleeds into down-tempo electronica and hip-hop from DJ Cam, Model 500, and Dubtribe Sound System. As one might expect from the uber-cool Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn, the set is sophisticated, well sequenced, and perfectly modulated. Down-to-earth, soulful vibes emanate on the Roots's 'Silent Treatment', balancing out more abstract, ambient outings like Carl Craig's 'A Wonderful Life'. The set closes out on Donny Hathaway's 'Someday We'll All Be Free', which serves as a benediction, casting a bright, hopeful light over the entire listening experience. This collection is perfect for moody background, but--unlike many chill-out compilations--it also rewards concentrated listening. 2005.
In a market saturated by mix albums of every description, Ultra Records' Back to Mine series glows like a beacon in a fog of mediocrity. The idea is simple: artists are given a free rein to compile sets that are both intuitive and personal to their tastes, resulting in mixtures of postclub textures chiefly designed for horizontal dancing and chilled-out bonhomie. Latest recruits Everything but the Girl take to the format like ducks to water, displaying a musical pedigree that touches on house, hip-hop, and light drum & bass. Although most people have warmed to the group's shift into dance culture, what will surprise is their sublime choice of tune. Kicking off with the drum-machine jazz of DJ Cam's "Friends and Enemies," the moody hip-hop noir of Deadly Avenger's "Bayou," and their own production on Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep," the mood is stoner-paced but never drab. Follow this with a little stripped-back ambience courtesy of Carl Craig and a rousingly sanguine finale featuring Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," and you have the makings of a fine night in. --Paul Tierney
Top Customer Reviews
So I go up to the counter. Two female employees. One is on the phone, turned away from the counter, the other is, I discern as I approach her, in tears. I say, "Did I come at a bad time?" The young lady is too discombobulated to render any service, or to notice my ironic tone, so her friend grudgingly tears herself away from the phone to find out what this provoking intrusion on her private time is all about. I tell her to just point me in the Annie Lennox direction and she does and I go over to check out the CDs. As I am walking away, the girl returns to her phone conversation and it becomes clear that she is acting as an intermediary in some teenage heartbreak of which the tearful girl is the tragic heroine. I hear her say, "No, I don't think she should talk to him right now. Did you know he pushed her down on her throat?" As I'm walking away I bemusedly think to myself that I can see where this guy is coming from.
But anyway, like I say, there is no new Annie Lennox album and so as plan B I decide to get the EBTG mix album, having heard "good things." Don't ask me where because I don't remember.
So I take it to the counter and manage to buy it while the soap opera is raging to fever pitch. The tearful girl decides she just can't hold it together out here anymore and so she flounces off like something out of a French Novel.
"Bad breakup," her friend tells me.
I say, "Well, when you get to be my age you'll look back and realize it was all utterly meaningless.Read more ›
all that said, when i saw that mr. w. had raided the closet for a "back to mine" collection, i knew it was a no-brainer...if you've EVER gotten a (let me put this in straightforward terms...) really, really (and i mean REALLY) cool little tape collection from a friend/family member, and thought to yourself...wow - this is some damn good stuff...well then, be prepared to be mondo-wowed.
i hadn't heard of a single song on this album prior to its release, but am now a sworn and true beth orton fan ("stars all seem to shine")...and every other track on this will have you grinnin' like you were twelve with skates on, feelin' the flow, doin' the happy funky dance...it's an incredibly "cool" (yes, that's overused, but nothing else really applies here) set of tunes, with a laid-back and funky underlying theme...
the whole "back to mine" series is worth a listen...good stuff all over, but i have to say, this is the best of the bunch (as of 2002, anyway - hope they keep comin'), and if you are a fan of their own songs, you'll love ben and tracey's choices from their own stash, right here.
recommendation - buy it new, open the wine, invite friends, and just grin for an hour or so...
There's a lot to like on this CD -- pop it in, kick back and let it wash over you. Some good dance jams, but I think it's best suited to sitting in. On a few tracks, especially "A Wonderful Life" you can hear the future of EBTG. Good liner notes, too. A key add to the collection for any EBTG fan -- not an essential, but an understanding of roots and direction. It's a bonus that it may introduce you to some fine new artists as well.
Most recent customer reviews
I own all of them, and I must say, this is still the very BEST in the series. Recent efforts by Orbital and New Order have been disappointing and just don't even compare. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Creative Pulse
Best CD I heard in 2002. Laid back but not overly so. I'm not quite sure how anyone can actually sleep to this CD as the insomniac reviewer stated unlees their use to listening to... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Lou
As a certified insomniac, I've found it necessary to devote a whole section of my record shelf to music that will put me to sleep. Read morePublished on July 30 2003 by Matt Cameron
WHY DOES REVIEWER 25354 GO INTO UNINTERESTING DIABTRIBES ABOUT HIS "KEEN" AND "CLEVER" INSIGHTS? JUST TELL US IF YOU LIKED OR HATED THE CD AND WHY. Read morePublished on April 17 2003
This is a definite must-have for any Chill fan. You can obviously see the influence these artists had on Everything but the Girl. Read morePublished on April 5 2003 by J. Catapano
I can't say enough good things about this CD; in its way, it's a classic. The conceit is great: get bands to make a mix tape of their fave music, in this case designed for the... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by Alex Nichols, author of Shadow Rock
The great thing about the back to mine series is that you get a nice introduction to some music you may not have been aware of before. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by C. Clarke
EN 2002 BACK TO MINE LANZO UN ALBUM MEJOR MEXCLADO QUE ESTE EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL QUE SUENA FLOJO Y CARECE DE CREATIVIDAD.Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Maria Hernandez
i ordered this thinking it was an actual ebtg record... i wasn't aware of the back to mine series at the time. but i really liked it nonetheless.Published on July 10 2002