Behind the Sun Import
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|2. Low Sun|
|3. No Ordinary Morning|
|4. Saltwater (Orginal)|
|6. Autumn Tactics|
|8. Don't Give Up|
|9. Saltwater (The Thrillseekers Remix)|
|11. Don't Give Up (Radio Edit-Bonus Track)|
Japanese Version Featuring A Bonus Track: Don'T Give Up (Disco Citizens Vs. Tomski Remix)
For some, outfits like producer Nick Bracegirdle's Chicane are not easy to swallow. Isolating the more jubilant properties of trance, the beat is a light bounce, levitating above club-dance brainlessness, sounding like a house music hybrid meant for sparkling sunshine instead of dark and sweaty warehouses. They exist in an idealized, pseudo-enlightened fairy tale filled with bright colors and youthful beauty. But that's not the problem. What rankles purists and picky fans is the audacity with which these "techno" artists go after the unconverted common folk, dragging electronic music out of its druggy, "in-crowd" pretensions. Bracegirdle and contemporaries like Olive, Sneaker Pimps, and BT (the last, most noticeably on his Movement in Still Life) are waging a turf war on the boundaries between techno and pop music, each using different tactics and borrowing from different sources. Chicane throws out an especially cutting salvo in the battle here, and it's a doozy. None other than Bryan Adams lends his raspy tenor to the subtle grooves and euphoric dreaminess of "Don't Give Up." It's one thing for Liam Gallagher to lend his pipes to a Chemical Brothers track, or for BT to tap Tori Amos for the ubiquitous club hit "Blue Skies," but Bryan Adams? Is this heresy? Or an ingenious use of vocal color that yields an incredibly hummable dance anthem? Maybe it's best not to analyze What It All Means. Just sit back and enjoy the summery grooves, trusting these ongoing musical inspirations to become whatever they need to be. --Matthew Cooke
Top Customer Reviews
Nick Bracegirdle has a habit of opening his CDs with ambient tracks that remind the listener of Enigma or The Orb. "Overture" does a nice job of introducing the ears to the CD and prepares us for the mellow trance experience. It leads in well to "Low Sun," a great tune for starting a trip. And as with FFTMC, track four really stands out and refuses to be forgotten: "Saltwater." It's hard to stand still while listening to this song... it makes you want to get up and do something, go somewhere, whatever you want to do. I've heard it used on TV ads for tourism in Ireland, and it totally fits the whole idea of travel and far-flung undiscovered places. The Thrillseekers Remix, also on this CD, is a slower, more ambient interpretation of the song -- equally good but different.
Other excellent tracks here include "Halcyon" and "Autumn Tactics," which I had heard before and enjoyed but had not realized it was Chicane. "Overlap" and "Andromeda" make nice closers for this album -- they should be together at the end instead of the retread of "Don't Give Up," which is pretty cool, all things considered, but we don't really need the same club song twice on one album. My only other misgiving is the tinny drum loop on "No Ordinary Morning.Read more ›
Chicane's 'Behind The Sun' playing over the headphones will carry you away to that serendipitous place where everything is beautiful. I'm talking about that sort of moment you can live in forever--a deep, contented warmth in the depth of your being. You know, that state of mind that is rarer and rarer in this hectic world--that place where the doors to all your cares magically close for a time.
This album has it all. Tracks with soaring, mellow synths; soft vocals, energised light beats that hover over the dancefloor, and yes even Bryan Adams. This isn't an album that you have to listen to over and over to finally 'get'. There are not layers upon layers of sounds and exquisite mixing that get better and better with age. It's a light aural delight from the moment you pop it into the CD player.
Although there are undoubtedly masterpieces out there that are definitive of all things electronica that are indeed on a deeper, more intellectual level with astounding mixing and track sequencing, Chicane's 'Behind The Sun' will both energise and move you to tears within the space of an hour. It's a musical journey you don't want to miss.
To be sure, electronica is a genre in which you mature and learn to appreciate deeper forms of the music over time, but this is relaxation or dance music pure and simple. Highly recommended for those new to the trance genre or those sceptics wanting to give it a whirl.
There are a few stand out moments such as Halycon and Don't Give Up but for me the rest of the album really fails to fly. Personally I find it a bit dreary and thats really what all these reviews are about, personal opinion. This album is also not helped by the fact a lot of it sounds like stuff I have heard before eg I listen to Saltwater and all I can hear is Harry's Game by Clannad.
For atmosphere I would rather listen to Delerium or Conjure One not this.
Most recent customer reviews
Some kind of a cross between Dance & New Age with a great attitude.
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This album is simply beautiful to listen to, reminds me a little of Röyksopp. It's a slow album, relax-dance. Wonderful songs with good melodies. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Josephll
This album makes me weep, dance, sing, smile and dream. It is beautiful. Not just about thumping rave beats...this album transcends definition. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
Given to me by a friend of mine who is that type of person that has the best taste in everything. Boy was she right about this one. I wish I could give 4. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Christian Hunter
Oh yes, it's that good. Even after all this time, still my absolute favorite CD ever.Published on Dec 8 2003
I must say that I absolutely love the tracks on this cd. I bought it back in 2000 when it first came out and someone stole it out my car. Needless to say I was pissed. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by kristy buckingham
Pop this CD in and begin to relax. This CD is really magic. The mellow tunes just help you with whatever you are doing (anything from reading to writing, and whatever else is... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Seth