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Big Calm


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  • Audio CD (March 17 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: China
  • ASIN: B0000065JZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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The gauzy production and languorous, soft-focus funk is once again in evidence, but this time the band mixes it up with deep-dish dub grooves, snatches of rap, sumptuous string arrangements, and the kind of canny songcraft that's frequently absent from other trip-hop- pop collectives. -- Entertainment Weekly

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoMoMoJo on 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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By A Customer on March 21 2004
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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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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