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Laika Come Home Enhanced, Import


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  • Audio CD (July 15 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI
  • ASIN: B0000687V6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yajdubuddah on June 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
i cant recomend this album to any gorillaz fan, god you all so dam pickey you love your blur and your gorillaz but no love for the spacemonkeys. if you are a old school new school dub fans this one is the freedom fighter. Featuring some of the sickest delays and reverb and cronicelly charged dope atmosphers. some songs are more old school dub then some more hypnotic never borring always changing. it only really features [d2] none of the other band is featured i think, it just says produced by gorillaz. the future sound of dub is features hear, stepp up the future is now dont be scared let it soak in, to breath in new life, sounds.
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Format: Audio CD
Obviously you're a Gorillaz fan, or you wouln't be researching this 3rd generation remix project.
If you prefered the pop/hip hop, up-beat feel of their debut album to the tracks with reggae/dub leanings, then run, run and hide!
Much like Tim Burton 're-imagined' Planet of the Apes, the Gorillaz debut has had it's bare bones removed and completely reworked, this time as a deep chill dub/reggae album, by a couple of guys calling themselves 'Space Monkeys'. Most of the songs are hardly recognisable, but who would want to buy the same album twice?
If I had found this within 12 months of getting the first album, I would have been annoyed and bitterly disappointed. Now, three years down the track, this is a surprise, a real gem and welcome listening.
Some of the feel from the debut has been completely inverted, like the fury of M1A1 converted to arms-in-the-air celebration and of course Punk is now De-Punked, while some of the spookier moments like Starshine and Soundcheck (Gravity) are dropped back to an almost X-Files torch waving creepiness.
On the whole this is a much more cohesive album, but with limited appeal to the public at large. You won't hear any of this on the radio.
I'd recommend this as great music at work (I'm in an art studio, so I guess that helps), a soundtrack to the comics of James Hewlitt or pumpin' at a back yard bar-be-que.
Let's just hope this collective project will realease some new music eventually.
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By afbg02 on Dec 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album while in my friend's car. At the time, it sounded flat and, frankly, boring. The problem, as I later learned, was that I was listening to it in the car. With the engine running, I missed what this album's all about, those funky, cool, out-of-left-field tweeks and alterations of the original that make it a great dub album. After sitting in my apartment and having a little time to listen more carefully, this album has grown on me. This album is absolutely novel, you will probably not even recognize a few of the tracks at the first few listens. The sound is smooth, downtempo, beautiful, electronic.
That the Gorillaz source material holds up under this dub is no small recognition of its quality. That the dubbing has taken the material to such great new places speaks to the ability of the "Space Monkeys".
Recommended
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Format: Audio CD
...and that's ok, too.
Let's review the flaws, first:
1) Its the same songs, AGAIN.
2) Its nothing like the source material.
OK, downsides listed. Perfectly respectable downsides, yes, we all already own these songs once or twice. However, true to roots dub, that's sort of the point and its well represented here. And, since it is well represented here, its nothing like the original rock songs, its not even like the hiphop songs, its dub.
You get dub (real dub, not electronic thumpathumpa crap) when a producer would take the source material and manipulate it to create fresh music for the sound systems. Vocals out, lead insturments out, rhythm in. Up the bass, up the drums, and let it roll. Punch in a riff, punch in a word, then out again and run the whole thing through more reverb than you can shake a stick at. That's what you've got here. And its not just dub, but its fantastically well done dub. Its an album that's tuned for raving Gorillaz fans, dub fans, and ideally for people who are both. Or will become both.
This may not be the record for you, thankfully Amazon provides you with sound samples. Use them. What you hear is what you get, so stop whining about how much it sucks cause its the same songs over again or because its a style you don't like.
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Format: Audio CD
Let's face it, you can't really improve Gorillaz music... and why would you WANT to de-punk "Punk"? I wouldn't reccomend this if you're a fan of Gorillaz music.
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By A Customer on Aug. 30 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like dub and Gorillaz this CD is grate for you. I like this CD alot there was a couple of songs that wasn't that good but the the good songs like "Punk" "Clint Eastwood" and "M1A1" those songs are filled with dub. There's acouple mix in with Ska and Dancehall. But all and all this CD was well worth the money.
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Format: Audio CD
As you'd expect with a cd that doesn't even list the name of the big band first, "Space Monkeys vs. Gorillaz: Laika Come Home" is like eating just the complementary rolls at a steakhouse. Sure, they're delicious, and there's nothing wrong with it, but the experience could be so much better with some of the restaurant's trademark meals. Such is the case in the Gorillaz eatery.
Some of the tracks fall flat, such as the lack of the spooky background voices in "New Genious". The real problems are mostly due to monotony and similarity within the tracks, most noticeably the first two, both of which go the reggae angle, almost identically. The only reggae track which doesn't overstay its welcome is the mix of the top single, "Clint Eastwood". Rasta's an everpresent theme throughout the album, but luckily, other tracks make up for the sins of the others.
"Banana Baby", a remix of "Tomorrow Comes Today", is the first great track of the album, beginning with a haunting and everlasting techno beat which can never seem to get enough steam, thankfully. "P45" offers the most energetic and perky Gorillaz track since the "19/2000" remix from the Ice Breakers commercial. "Dub 09" somehow manages to be even creepier than "starshine" the track from the self-titled cd from which it was mixed.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, the metaphorical steak dinner is the first cd, the self-titled, best selling tribute to 2-D, Noodle, Russel, and Murdoc. "Laika Comes Home" is a good cd, and while it isn't nearly as good as "Gorillaz", and probably not quite as good as "G-Sides", Gorillaz still prove their abilities. Listen to these two back to back, and when Gorillaz begins to add more menu items, you'll be sure to return for seconds.
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