Big Calm

Big Calm

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by Morcheeba

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Morcheeba's 1996 debut Who Can You Trust? arrived at an opportune moment. Portishead and Tricky had just made the world safe and trendy for Brits favoring a deep, atmospheric sound and lissome female vocals. If anything, Morcheeba's Skye Edwards seemed to tweak the formula…  See more details below


Morcheeba's 1996 debut Who Can You Trust? arrived at an opportune moment. Portishead and Tricky had just made the world safe and trendy for Brits favoring a deep, atmospheric sound and lissome female vocals. If anything, Morcheeba's Skye Edwards seemed to tweak the formula by sounding just a shade more soulful. On their second release, 1998's Big Calm, however, the group distances itself from the paranoia of trip-hop's leaders and from the oblique sound of their own debut. The aptly titled recording offers more guitars (though turntables still warble in the background of most tracks) and a voice of optimistism, but Morcheeba are anything but naïve. Songs like "Fear and Love," "Blindfold," and "Shoulder Holster," prove Edwards and brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey are keenly aware of the desperation and anxiety out there, but inside chez Morcheeba, they revel in an artfully laid back escape.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Realizing that trip-hop was a dead end, at least as far as hipness goes, Morcheeba expanded their sonic palette on their second album, Big Calm. Trip-hop and dance rhythms remain, but the trio has spent more time writing songs, crafting an album where pop, lounge, film soundtracks, reggae, jazz, and electronica all peacefully coexist. Consequently, Big Calm is a stylistic tour de force, evidence that Morcheeba have turned into a mature, sophisticated group with impeccable taste. Occasionally, the album can sound a little distant, as if the fusions and productions were more important than the actual songs, but the trio is so musically adept, and Skye Edwards' voice is so enchanting, that Big Calm become irresistible in its own way.

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Performance Credits

Morcheeba   Primary Artist
Howard Ball   Violin
David Emanuel   Violin
Jimmy Hastings   Flute
Peter Oxer   Violin
Spikey Tee   Talking
Peter Norris   Turntables
Gary Baldwin   Hammond Organ
Ian McLeod   Violin
Steve Bentley-Klein   Violin
Paul Godfrey   scratching,Drums
Ross Godfrey   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Hammond Organ,Sitar,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer
Skye Edwards   Vocals
Richard Bridgemont   Cello
S. Wright   Viola
Graeme Kyle   Background Vocals
Pierre Le Rue   Fiddle
D. Lee   French Horn
L. Melhuish   Violin
C. Hughes   Violin
D. Pipkin   Keyboards
E. Pritchard   Cello
D. Hake   Trumpet
C. Hetter   Trombone
E.R. Singleton   Violin
T. Rennie   Background Vocals
T. Grant   Viola,Alto Clarinet
M. Carling   Drums
Joe Cooper   Percussion,Background Vocals
DJ First Rate   scratching
DJ Swamp   scratching
Peggi Gayle   Background Vocals
L. Gordon   Bass
Mike Posner   Viola

Technical Credits

Peter Norris   Programming,Producer
Morcheeba   Producer
Steve Bentley-Klein   String Arrangements
Paul Godfrey   Composer,Programming,Navigator
Ross Godfrey   Composer
Skye Edwards   Composer,Producer
Jason Furlow   Composer

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
possibly one of the best bands that I have ever come across, this band is very different from pop, or rock, or jazz... The lead singer has a very interesting voice that's very jazzy. she's really cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is totally different from other music out there! the singer has an absolutely fabulous voice which is such a relief to hear after groaning-voiced alternative guys and synthesized female pop stars. while a couple of songs are out there, most of them are great!! definitely buy this album if you're looking for a unique, ethnic, groovin' kinda song! 1) The Sea--this has gotta be one of my fave songs EVER!!! It's absolutely gorgeous and mellow and you hear new nuances every time you listen. 2) Shoulder Holster--This song was my first introduction to the album, and is as terrific as Sea. It's more upbeat and Eastern-influenced. 3) Part of the Process--This song was too slow for me at first, but I really started enjoying it after I listened to it more. It has some weird stuff going on at the beginning, but really warms up! 4) Blindfold--Pretty good. 5) Let me see--I LOVE THIS SONG! It's probably the most upbeat of all the songs on this cd, and it's cool in that car-commercial-background-music kind of way. The only song I really don't like on this album is "big calm" with the weird british rapper (or whatever it is.) But every other song is terrific, especially if this version comes with the bonus track "the music that we hear"--another one I like!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this band its so smooth and calm its good if you feel like just chillin. Its good music and i like the beats. She has a beautiful voice and it fits the style overall. Some of the songs are kinda trippy and i like that too.
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