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Charango Import, Enhanced
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|1. Slow Down|
|4. Sao Paulo|
|5. Charango (feat. Pace Won)|
|6. What New York Couples Fight About (feat. Kurt Wagner)|
|7. Undress Me Now|
|8. Way Beyond|
|9. Women Lose Weight (feat. Slick Rick)|
|10. Get Along (feat. Pace Won)|
|11. Public Displays Of Affection|
|12. The Great London Traffic Warden Massacre|
On Charango, acclaimed U.K. electronica trio Morcheeba mixes library music, orchestral film scores, hip-hop old and new, country, '70s rock, blues, exotica and tropicalia to create a thoroughly modern sound. The same trippy, funky elegance, romance and melancholy that made its first three albums so special remain, but Morcheeba's vision has grown to universe-conquering proportions. "We wanted this to be our weird, psychedelic, out-there album," says Paul Godfrey. "But we've got such a strong pop sensibility that we knew that you would be able to sing along to it (too)." Sing alone to Charango.
Since bursting onto the charts and into national consciousness with 1998's sophomore album, Big Calm, Morcheeba have carved a niche as purveyors of evocative nuevo-lounge and dreamy ambience. While 2000's Fragments of Freedom saw the South Londoners' first tentative step out of the "coffee table" pigeonhole, Charango is the sound of them relaxing, infusing influences such as hip-hop, country, and cinematic scores into a joyous blend of humor, romance, and soothing melancholy. Vintage moments like the lush lethargy of "Slow Down" and the string-laden single "Otherwise" share space with interesting collaborations. Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner lends his achingly emotive vocal to "What New York Couples Fight About," while Slick Rick's dulcet tones flow through "Women Lose Weight," a tongue-in-cheek tale of a husband driven to murder by his overweight wife. Adventurous and inspired yet dripping with Morcheeba's trademark languid rhythms and tranquil melodies, Charango is at the very least a return to form and arguably their best work to date. --Christopher Barrett
Top Customer Reviews
The "Women Lose Weight" song is, for me, not offensive (hello, parody, people: let's try to recognize humor -- and I say that being a fat chick myself). Actually, story-wise, it's kind of humorous -- in a very black way, of course. I just don't really like rap unless it's in the style of "Bug Powder Dust" by Bomb The Bass/Justin Warfield.
So if I were ripping the songs to MP3, I'd leave off Women Lose Weight. But everything else I'd rip to MP3 -- even Sao Paulo, a mix of dreamy samba and their usual chilled trip-hop. Especially Slow Down, Aqualung, What Do New York Couples Fight About, Way Beyond, Public Displays of Affection. They're on my MP3 player already, and I made a copy to play on my car CD player... etc. I especially look forward to cruising around in the summer with the windows open, playing Charango. That's how this album makes you feel.
The best songs on Charango -- "Slow Down" - "Aqualung" - "What Do New York Couples Fight About" - "Public Displays Of Affection" have The Signature Morcheeba Sound -- these ALL have that trip-dub, minor-key sound first introduced with "Trigger Hippie" and "Tape Loop" (from Who Can You Trust?).
"Sao Paulo" practically makes you feel the sultry Brazilan heat yet has the trippy undertow you know, expect and love. "Way Beyond" is sung/played in major key, and a light-hearted vein -- and the change from a minor to a major key makes it all the more devastatingly satirical. If I didn't know they were British, I'd think Morcheeba was describing the typical American urban yuppie-(...)-metrosexuals one can find in big-city singles bars/clubs, who drive SUVs they can't afford, and, in general, spend money they don't have on stuff they don't need to impress people they don't like.
I could live without "Women Lose Weight" but that's mainly because I don't like rap at all, unless it's very old (Grandmaster Flash) or Missy Elliot.
Since I got the first Morcheeba CD "Who Can You Trust?Read more ›
My concerns were unfounded. Charango is a great release. This CD opens smoothly, with the aptly-titled "Slow Down" (which is probably a good idea for all of us to do), and continues with a smooth compilation of tracks. "Sao Paulo" is perhaps the best track on the album, and certainly by the time you've reached "Undress me now" you're feeling a bit, well, pleased that you've plunked down a few dollars for this CD. With the exception of "Women Lose Weight", which sounds good the first time but REALLY gets OLD, this is a push-play-and-relax CD, one that I could listen to over and over again.
If you pick this up expecting another "Who can you trust?" then you'll be a bit disappointed but it's still worth it. If (for some reason) you are a "Fragments" fan you'll probably like this as well, although it's not as annoyingly-poppy as the previous release... which for this Morcheeba fan is a very good thing.
There's also a bonus CD out there that is all instrumental versions of these songs. I highly recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
My coworker loves to slap this disc on from time to time and I have to say - it makes me want to jump out a window. What is it with this band? Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004
I have always loved Morcheeba and the way they do that coffee house sound, but this one takes it up an inch more, its very calming and awesome I recomend this to you if you are... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003
After Fragments of Freedom, they probably realized they weren't very good pop songwriters. So, here we have a sort of return to form. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by G. A. Anderson
I know we should try to rate CDs on their own worth, but it's hard with this one. Big Calm and Who Can You Trust? are really good CDs with Big Calm being a high water mark. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Daddy Zero
I loved Big Calm; Charango is better. "Undress Me Now" is a transcendent accomplishment for this already progressive album and highlights what this group is capable of. Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by Kenneth B. Saunders
There is some choice 'cheeba here, particularly the first three tunes and "Public displays of Affection," which are what get this 3 stars from me. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Rich Grace
Now, Morcheeba are one of those bands that really came in strong(1996's acclaimed "Who Can You Trust? Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by J. Johnson