Faithless - Outrospective - 2001 Trance Trip Hop Downtempo - 180 Grm 2LP
Faithless – Outrospective
Sony Music – 88985422791, Legacy – 88985422791, We Are Vinyl
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
House, Trip Hop, Ambient
A1 Donny X
Drums [Live] Andy TreaceyVocals Maxi Jazz
A2 Not Enuff Love
Bass Guitar [Live] Aubrey NunnChorus Steve RowlandPercussion SudhaRap Maxi JazzScratches DJ Pete Miser
A3 We Come 1
Drums Andy TreaceyRap Maxi Jazz
B1 Crazy English Summer
Vocals Zoë Johnston 2:43
B2 Muhammad Ali
B3 Machines R Us
Programmed By [Keyboards] Dave Nally
C1 One Step Too Far
Rap Maxi Jazz
D1 Giving Myself Away
Rap Maxi Jazz
Scratches DJ Pete Miser
D2 Code 1:36
Vocals Zoë Johnston
Rap Maxi Jazz
Vocals Zoë Johnston
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Design Simon Corkin
Engineer [Assistant] Peanut
Keyboards Sister Bliss
Mastered By Guy Davie (tracks: A3), Miles Showell (tracks: A1, A2, A3 to D4)
Photography By Ellis Parrinder
Producer Rollo & Sister Bliss
Programmed By Rollo
Written-By Dido (tracks: C1), Maxi Jazz (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3, C1, C2 to D2), Rollo, Sister Bliss, Zoë Johnston (tracks: B1, D3, D4)
Recorded at Swanyard Studios (London, England) & mixed at The Ark.
All tracks mastered at Metropolis (London, England) except "We Come 1" mastered at The Exchange (London, England).
From the outset, with Donny X's spine-tingling synth-swathes and brooding sub-bass, it's evident that Outrospective plays to Faithless's strengths. The band has always been more than just a dance act. Deft practitioners of all areas of modern music, their specialties are texture, seductive atmosphere, and haunting melodrama.
The single "We Come 1" has a familiar sound, combining Rollo's unnerving soundscapes, Sister Bliss's dance-floor mentality, and rapper Maxi Jazz's deadpan voice to recall the power of "Insomnia" from their 1997 release Reverence. "We Come 1," like "Tarantula" and "Machines R Us," also represents an increase in bpms that reasserts their club relevance--something which had diminished with their last long-player, the downcast Sunday 8pm. There's also a more up-tempo vibe present, with the gorgeous "One Step too Far" featuring the inevitable appearance of Rollo's sister Dido), and the Philly soul of "Muhammad Ali," with Maxi Jazz singing the praises of his childhood hero.
But the lure of their third album, as ever, lies in Maxi Jazz's chilling monologues. The voice of inner thoughts, desires, and conflict, there's nothing quite as arresting as when he quietly muses on "Not Enuff Love": "Money in my pocket / But I just can't give no love."
"Crazy English Summer", which is no more or less than beautiful. The song is actually sad, and it really touched me. A song most of us can relate to. Zoe, the vocalist, sounds like an angel in here. Her voice is deep and thick, yet retains a very attractive, sexy, and an angelic nature.
Track five is "Muhammad Ali." Just by the name, you might think it's not a very good song, but actually, it is. It sounds like a retro-70s/80s song. Unless you're an all around music lover, you might not like this song.
..."One Step Too Far", which is sang by the angelic Dido, whom you might know from her song "Thank You" and her album "No Angel". The song is heavenly, and Dido sounds like an angel. Her voice is very romantic. The song, like all other songs, has a meaning and a common theme with all the other songs. All around good and rich, and it even mixes into the next energy-filled super move-buster...
..."Tarantula". Maxi does a his magic rap, which gives the song something to connect with, with the other songs and the album's main theme. The song than becomes one of the most energized songs I have ever heard in a long time. Close to perfection. This track is one of my favorites. The track even mixes into the next song...
"Code" is the next track, which is nothing more than a cool, special opening for the next track...
..."Evergreen." Zoe sings once again, and her voice sounds haunting this time, yet retaining it's deep and angelic qualities. This song gives Enigma fans something to look for in Faithless, and although the whole album is amazingly satisfying, Evergreen hits just the exact buttons...so exact, that this song alone would inspire me to buy this album.
The final song is "Liontamer", which is not only very ambient and danceable - it's trance, haunting, dark, has a great message, and also will build up even more so in amazingness as you listen. Zoe and Maxi both sing in this amazing piece of artwork, and it's very impressive how rap and beauty both could entwine to create an atmosphere so rich, and so pleasing.
The album is great. It's like a book. There's a common theme that develops, and the songs will soon start making better sense. The more you hear, the more you find out, the more you think, and the better the songs will become.
Faithless - Liontamer
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Faithless feat. Zoe Johnston - Crazy English Summer
(Live At The Wireless)
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Faithless - Tarantula
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Faithless - We Come 1
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