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|1. Take California|
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|6. Winning Style|
|7. Bang On!|
|8. A Number Of Microphones|
|9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service|
|13. You Want It Back|
Since the Chemical Brothers explosion, new big-beat acts from the U.K. are greeted with skepticism, but Propellerheads are no copycats. Alex Gifford and Will White did the usual groundwork by releasing singles and EPs before giving up a full album. The groovy single "History Repeating," featuring '60s cabaret vocalist Shirley Bassey, plays slightly into the lounge revival of the late '90s but with a James Bond-esque style that grabs attention similar to Portishead's "Sour Times." The recurring spy film theme makes this a perfect soundtrack for Austin Powers's first rave--"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is actually a Bond remake. Propellerheads also slip in full-on "rock" jams ("Bang On!") and slick urban cut-ups reminiscent of De La Soul, who appear on "360° (Oh Yeah?)." Shifting tempos from laidback to lightning-fast with exceptional ease, Decksandrumsandrockandroll is a solid collection of funky, jazzy, hip-hop-influenced dance music that has earned its mainstream acceptance by delivering the goods. --Liisa Ladouceur
Top Customer Reviews
A cheerful, sputtering radio sample opens the album, before leading into a gritty maze of electrobeats and percussion, interspersed with samples. It's heavy stuff, but still fun. Things reach their heaviest point near the end when jazz rhythms are mingled with deep vocal samples and some blisteringly raw electronic buzzes.
It gets more fun in the second song, "Velvet Pants," a vaguely jazzy song with the constant repetition, "He's got a nice body, he's wearing velvet pants... Send the first kid down, send the first kid down, and they played records."A more openly hip-hoppy sound enters with the pleasantly slackerish "360° (Oh Yeah?)", while "Winning Style" has a glitzier, faster tone.
The best songs of all are the ones with a distinctly James Bondian flair: "History Repeating" is a wonderfully overwrought lounge-dance song, with Shirley Bassey roaring that, "And I've seen it before/and I'll see it again/just little bits of history repeating!" Same with spy dance-track "Spybreak." But things reach their peak with "In Her Majesty's Secret Service," a ten minute opus that mingles majestic retro with big beat fun, complete with an orchestral brass climax.
If it sounds fun, that's because it is.
Kitschy electronica is one of the easiest kinds of music to mess up, especially if there's sampling going on. Give it a theme, and it's even harder.Read more ›
I've now listened to this CD about 20 times and I thoroughly enjoy it. Some of the songs provide excellent dance music. However, the humorous banter and the aforementioned "Microphones" track don't stand up to repeated listenings and I'm left with the urge to edit the disc. Alas, this is a minor complaint and some listeners may actually enjoy this stuff. All in all, this is an outstanding disc and I'll be looking forward to their next offering.
Most recent customer reviews
This is one of those albulms where as soon as one the songs start playing you automatically get hyped for it no matter what mood u are in, its a great album with a couple of... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2008 by Jay D
Is it rock or is it Memorex? The Propellerheads have the trademark Big Beat aesthetic, thumping trancelike rhythms, along with a level of rock intensity. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Wickerlove
This is gooooood music! I have been listening to this for years and it never gets old!
It gets you going and makes you happy! Read more
I just bought this cd and it has not left my cd player. I can't believe I didn't get this long ago. It's got a great beat, it's funky, you've gotta move while you listen. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003
What an excellent CD. After originally buying this for Take California, I was quite impressed by the other tracks as well. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003
I love this CD...in fact I wished they would come out with something new, and soon. Besides all that, this CD is great for any occasion whether it be on the road, at a party, or... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003
I went in search of the CD that contained Spybreak! (from the Matrix CD) and what did I find? A CD chock full of cool beats that everyone wants to borrow before Take California... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by M. R. ZOGLIO