Big Calm

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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' ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 643443102025
  • Catalog Number: 31020
  • Sales rank: 83,978

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sea (5:47)
  2. 2 Shoulder Holster (4:04)
  3. 3 Part of the Process (4:24)
  4. 4 Blindfold (4:37)
  5. 5 Let Me See (4:20)
  6. 6 Bullet Proof (4:11)
  7. 7 Over and Over (2:20)
  8. 8 Friction (4:13)
  9. 9 Diggin' a Watery Grave (1:34)
  10. 10 Fear and Love (5:04)
  11. 11 Big Calm (6:00)
  12. 12 The Music That We Hear (Moog Island) (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morcheeba Primary Artist, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my review.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    (mostly) awesome album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good shtuff

    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.

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