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|5. History Repeating|
|6. Winning Style|
|7. Bang On!|
|8. A Number Of Microphones|
|9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service|
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The two loopy English knob-tweakers who created these 13 hyperkinetic, hypnotic sound collages and dance tracks ... are musical sushi chefs.... They are purveyors of techno, or electronica, the studio-assembled hodgepodge of canned, synthetic drumbeats, tape loops and snatches of melody sampled from old records. Happily, [they] also wisely incorporate flesh-and-blood performances by ... Shirley Bassey, De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers. The guest turns make for the album's most appealing tracks.... -- People
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
This album has variety, each track is so different, and that is what makes this album so special and unique. But there is one thing that is consistent in this album, and that is energy. Unlike other mixers, where i have found that there is a significant dip in energy halfway through the album, this is not so in DECKSANDDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL. From the start you are launched into the fast paced beat of 'Take California', guaranteed to get you moving through the house a lot faster than before, and it doesnt stop there. The energy keeps flowing throught the album.
If you are a lover of music that can get you going in the morning, or music that makes you just want to dance, then buy DECKSANDDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL. It is an album that shows tremendous flare, and creates an atmospehere of amazing energy.
After listening straight through, I found that the songs on this CD are best for listening to as background music-- apparently, this music is supposed to be for clubs anyway, so this makes sense. The techno has a wide range, from hip-hoppy tracks to the cabaret-style "History Repeating" to movie-soundtrack songs like "Spybreak!" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (a mix of OHMSS from some Bond movie I can't remember).
Anyway, the point is if you like some techno, you'll probably like at least several of these songs.
BTW, I found that the clips on this page are not at all representative of the music I liked most, so if you don't like the clips given, you could still easily enjoy the CD overall.
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 ›
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
After seeing Propellerheads on my recommended list several times, I finally gave in and bought the Decksandrumsandrockandroll CD. Terrific choice! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Gary Peterson
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 have been delving into my cd collection lately. One of those cds I re-discovered was Propellerheads' debut album "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll". Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Erica Anderson