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Experiments in Ambient Soul
     

Experiments in Ambient Soul

by The Dining Rooms
 

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The title of this album is wrong in two out of three ways. First of all, there's nothing especially experimental about the Dining Rooms' approach here: the record-buying public has long ago expressed its support for polite funky grooves with hints of jazz (double bass, Fender Rhodes, etc.) thrown in and breakbeats percolating around

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The title of this album is wrong in two out of three ways. First of all, there's nothing especially experimental about the Dining Rooms' approach here: the record-buying public has long ago expressed its support for polite funky grooves with hints of jazz (double bass, Fender Rhodes, etc.) thrown in and breakbeats percolating around down below. Nor is there anything particularly ambient about their sound -- some of these tracks are relatively quiet, sure, but most of them assert themselves quite effectively. That leaves the "soul" question, and here they make a stronger case. Stefano Ghittoni and Cesare Malfatti know how to build a hot, funky groove without overloading the mix or pounding you over the head, and they do so particularly well on tracks like "No Problem" and the sultry "Forever's Not." The album's only real problems lie with the many collaborators who Ghittoni and Malfatti enlisted to give their fourth disc a more immediate, organic flavor. Marta Collica is a fine singer, and her vocal contributions on "Forever's Not" and "Thin Ice" are album highlights. Sean Martin, on the other hand, is a derivative singer and a pedestrian lyricist at best (sample couplet: "I don't know what's wrong with me/All I know is that I need someone to set me free"), and Don Freeman's winning falsetto croon isn't enough to redeem the lyrically vapid and melodically barren "Destination Moon." Most of the tracks that feature collaborators would have actually worked much better as soulful (even ambient) instrumentals. So maybe what they meant by "ambient" was "don't listen too closely." If so, follow their advice and you'll find the album perfectly enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Schema Italia
UPC:
8018344013893
catalogNumber:
389
Rank:
276888

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Performance Credits

Dining Rooms   Primary Artist
Pablo Milanés   Trumpet
Don Freeman   Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Hugo Race   Vocals
Stefano Ghittoni   Group Member
Cesare Malfatti   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Marta Collica   Vocals
Lorenzo Corti   Electric Guitar
Sean Martin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Freeman   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Byron Nemeth   Vocal Engineer
Stefano Ghittoni   Composer
Cesare Malfatti   Composer
Marta Collica   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Maria Arena   Cover Photo
Sean Martin   Composer,Vocal Arrangements

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