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|11. Big Calm|
|12. The Music That We Hear (Bonus Track)|
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.*
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fabulous funky unique group - Big Calm is still my favourite of all Morcheeba's albums - highly recommendPublished 18 months ago by BohoYogaGirl
A better effort than Morcheeba`s debut "You Can You Trust?", "Big Calm" offers a smooth and hypnotic set of chill-out/trip-hop songs that provide a solid and... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by gonn1000
After picking up the excellent "Charango" I was curious about the previous offerings of Morcheeba and so I decided to pick this CD up. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Martini Houdini
i bought this album when the name kept popping up around portishead, and i was seriously dissaponted. Very chliché, very sappy, and they take themselves to seriously. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by C.P.
Beautiful and Hypnotic! It has dance tracks as well as music to just chill out and be happy by! This CD delivers all the best of Morcheeba. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Holly Wade
Such albums as this are so good, it's hard to summarize as quickly as possible without going on at least a few tangents. So I'll keep it short. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by G. A. Anderson
Rarely, very rarely, do you come across music this well rounded. The gorgeous, vibrant voice of Sky Edwards (my girlfriend says is somewhat reminiscent of Macy Gray) will... Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Charles Chen
An excellent, chilled out, positive album. This album is a great introduction to acid jazz/electronic music. It's easy to listen to, with gorgeous, smooth female vocals.Published on July 2 2003 by J. Eure