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Big Calm

Morcheeba Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Big Calm + Who Can You Trust? + Charango
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1. The Sea
2. Shoulder Holster
3. Part Of The Process
4. Blindfold
5. Let Me See
6. Bullet Proof
7. Over And Over
8. Friction
9. Diggin' A Watery Grave
10. Fear And Love
11. Big Calm
12. The Music That We Hear (Bonus Track)

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Blame Tricky and Portishead. They started this whole Bristol sound thing, with sleepy techno beats overshadowed by the chirrupy vocals of some slumberland chanteuse. And--just when you think the approach has lost all its steam, all its relevance--along comes a new outfit to make the music a few degrees sleepier, the singing a tad more dreamy. And singers don't come any dreamier than Skye Edwards, whose lissome trill infuses every track on this sophomore outing with a tranquil ennui. You don't jump around to Morcheeba numbers like "The Sea." You sit back and let them creep up on you, as steady as the tides. --Tom Lanham

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Morcheeba ~ Big Calm

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4.0 out of 5 stars Chill and smooth. June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've never been a techno fan. I was bred on 90s grunge and took to the gangly arty-rock like the Pumpkins and Tool. After randomly downloading some tracks from Luscious Jackson's first EP (In Search of Manny) the other day I started digging light female-driven hip-hop flavored stuff.. For some reason I then randomly found this album and "The Sea" instantly enthralled me, easily drawing me into the rest of the album. I think I found a new music genre to explore, which always kicks. From hearing a little Portishead years ago, I didn't really get a full feel for trip-hop. You can be chill without being depressing, as expertly evidenced on this disc.
Great, solid album, start to finish. Smooth musicianship with a nice breadth of everything from strings to mellow guitars to slow beats. The singer's voice is what truly makes this CD for me, though. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BIG CALM. its makes u calm April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is just very chill. When i have to do some designing or art, i pop this ceedee in and it creates that "atmosphere" for me. The vocal is great and overall, most songs on the album are nice to listen to. Its that ceedee where no song is realli a big STANDOUT but you dont ever get tired of the songs. Its an album you can pop in...and just....just listen to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't compare... March 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An old fan of Morcheeba's first recording, I bought this sophomore release expecting the same lift I got from their wonderful debut. Although this disc is not without its moments (e.g. the mercury-fluid guitar solo on the opener), even those cannot compare with those found on "Who Can You Trust" which surpasses on all levels, especially and most importantly, melodically. The guts of most of these songs are paper thin, with much noisy embellishment attempting to masquerade as structure. I can't be too hard on the group since I'm still enraptured with their debut nearly ten years on. Unfortunately, even singer Edwards' voice is buried under the weight of excessivity, rendering whatever melodies might be of interest muddied. The sensuousness, clarity and fragility to her voice I grew so accustomed to is nowhere evident on "Big Calm". Nor is the melancholy and swagger which swept through much of Morcheeba's first effort. Who can you trust? On the trifle matter of having little dispensable income and having to choose between these two recordings, trust me.
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All-in-all, I like *Big Calm.* As another reviewer pointed out, it's loaded with "sleepy techno beats" and the "chirrupy vocals of some slumberland chanteuse," both of which I've come to love with Portishead and others. Despite being over an hour long, the time just seems to fly by when I listen to it.
If I had one criticism, however, it's that Skye Edwards' voice can be a bit TOO "chirrupy" for me, at times (as in "Shoulder Holster"). This is, however, a personal preference and something that could just as easily be considered one of the album's strengths as one of its weaknesses. Her sound is very upbeat and generally lacks the somewhat ethereal, yet rather world-weary inflections of Beth Gibbons, Siobhan de Mare (of Mono), Sia (of Zero7's *Simple Things*), et al. (though she DOES manage to nail it on the head for me in songs like "The Sea," "Friction" and "The Music That We Hear").
Another personal preference that affected my rating was my dislike for the almost Wild-West-influenced tracks, "Part Of The Process," "Over And Over" and "Diggin' A Watery Grave." These three tracks just seem at such odds with the rest of the album that, for me, they're something of a distraction. With the album seeming as short as it does, they were distractions that were too big for me to ignore.
Nevertheless, I'd still recommend *Big Calm* to any fans of "this Bristol sound thing" and its techno beats and chirrupy vocals. I might suggest listening to it more than once to fully appreciate some of the tracks, but I'd say that any fans of the latter will surely find something to love in *Big Calm.*
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5.0 out of 5 stars PORTISHEAD VS. MORCHEEBA, DUMMY vs. BIG CALM Jan. 1 2002
By Nick
Format:Audio CD
I am a big trip hop fan, and fans of both Portishead and Morcheeba. Why compare? Just because they are both popular artists of a little-known to the mainstream genre, it doesnt mean we need to compare them. Dummy by Portishead is one of the best and most enjoyable yet dreary records ever in my opinion. Their stylings are so different though. Morcheeba in this case lives up to the title of the album, "Big Calm" on this album. Its relaxing, euphoric, poppy, and dreamy. It is alot more mainstream and pop, and sounds alot more polished than that of Dummy. Dummy sticks to the original formula of trip hop, experimenting with lots of synthesizers and other instruments while this one experiments alot of other things as well. Although both are very relaxing and downtempo, and both can be used to relax to, Dummy is a little more dreary and sad, and this one is more happy and hopeful. They both have their share of great beats (on Dummy, best example is track 3- STRANGERS) and on Big Calm, some of the most upbeat songs come on tracks 4-6. After a quiet beginning, you hardly even notice it, but the beats get alot heavier and funkier. But why compare these two trip hop artists? They are 2 of the best trip hop bands, and they both have their different styles. While Portishead may have a little more depth to their music, Morcheeba sounds like they put alot more layers and trinkets into their music to make it interesting. I highly reccomend both albums to any electronic fan. Hope this helped!
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3.0 out of 5 stars One to Listen...Over and Over...
A better effort than Morcheeba`s debut "You Can You Trust?", "Big Calm" offers a smooth and hypnotic set of chill-out/trip-hop songs that provide a solid and... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by gonn1000
4.0 out of 5 stars Trip Hop/Downtempo done correctly
After picking up the excellent "Charango" I was curious about the previous offerings of Morcheeba and so I decided to pick this CD up. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Martini Houdini
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Better Than Barking Dogs
You ought to get this NOW!
Published on March 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars let down
i bought this album when the name kept popping up around portishead, and i was seriously dissaponted. Very chliché, very sappy, and they take themselves to seriously. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by C.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Hypnotic!
Beautiful and Hypnotic! It has dance tracks as well as music to just chill out and be happy by! This CD delivers all the best of Morcheeba. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Holly Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Morcheeba's peak
Such albums as this are so good, it's hard to summarize as quickly as possible without going on at least a few tangents. So I'll keep it short. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by G. A. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and hypnotic
Rarely, very rarely, do you come across music this well rounded. The gorgeous, vibrant voice of Sky Edwards (my girlfriend says is somewhat reminiscent of Macy Gray) will... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Charles Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid Jazz Primer
An excellent, chilled out, positive album. This album is a great introduction to acid jazz/electronic music. It's easy to listen to, with gorgeous, smooth female vocals.
Published on July 2 2003 by J. Eure
5.0 out of 5 stars My album pick of the year!
A friend first introduced me to a kind of music called Trip Hop a short time ago, with Tricky and Massive Attack. I kinda' liked what I heard.. Read more
Published on June 28 2003 by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love It
One listen & I liked it, more and I loved it. Great mixture of different types of music... Funny thing about Morcheeba is that they have a eclectic sound and every album... Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Eils
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