Saturnz Return

Saturnz Return

by Goldie
     
 

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Goldie's debut album Timeless established him as the king of jungle. Spanning two discs and boasting the epic, 20-plus minute "Timeless," Timeless was filled with ambition and invention, and it bristled with the thrill of the new -- it sounded as if the music was being invented as you heard it. The debut was so astonishing that it, in many ways, paintedSee more details below

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Goldie's debut album Timeless established him as the king of jungle. Spanning two discs and boasting the epic, 20-plus minute "Timeless," Timeless was filled with ambition and invention, and it bristled with the thrill of the new -- it sounded as if the music was being invented as you heard it. The debut was so astonishing that it, in many ways, painted Goldie into a corner for his follow-up, SaturnzReturn. Goldie not only had to equal its consistency, but he had to offer fresh dimensions to the now-familiar drum'n'bass rhythms. Superficially, SaturnzReturn at least delivers in terms of scale and ambition. Running a little over two and a half hours and including a mini-symphony as its first track, the double-disc set is bursting with promise. Unfortunately, it fails to reach the dizzying heights of its predecessor, and its very ambitions feel like burdens. "Mother," the amorphous hour-long pseudo-symphony that comprises the first disc, collapses before the drums are even heard. After 20 minutes of atmosphere, a surge of intriguing rhythms wash up, only to fade away after another 20 minutes to reveal a simplistic, simple-minded symphonic theme that is never developed. If the second disc had been a masterpiece, it would have been easy to forgive the excesses of "Mother," but it suffers from a near-crippling schizophrenia. Divided between harrowing, dark aural journeys and slick, club-ready R&B, the disc never develops a consistent mood and often is sunk by overlong, misguided tracks. With its waves of processed Noel Gallagher guitars and garbled Goldie vocals, "Temper Temper" never quite hits as hard as it should, and it never has the impact of the gutsy KRS-One collaboration, "Digital." Those two vocal tracks are hardly the closest Goldie comes to accessiblity -- "Believe" and "I'll Be There for You" have slick soul textures, with layered keyboards, wah guitars and wailing divas. These soul excursions last too long, and are intercut with dark jungle explorations that have scary rhythmic structures, but no sense of purpose. There are some very provocative textures scattered throughout these ten tracks, and Goldie's skill for hyperactive drum programming can be astonishing, but that astonishment fades quickly since the music never goes anywhere -- it just meanders forever, as the drums slowly lose their power and turn into a tinny din of noise. As a result, Goldie sounds confused, as if he wants to push forward but doesn't know how. With some serious editing, SaturnzReturn would have been a powerful record, but as it stands, its bloated running time and pretentious, formless songs only obscure Goldie's considerable talent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
Label:
London Import
UPC:
0042282899026
Rank:
308261

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldie   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Bowie   Vocals
Cleveland Watkiss   Vocals
John Bradbury   Violin
Mike Brittain   Bass
Ben Cruft   Violin
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Chris Laurence   Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello,Celli
Trevor Morais   Drums
David Nolan   Violin
Peter Oxer   Violin
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Guy Sigsworth   Keyboards
Robert Smissen   Viola
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Noel Gallagher   Guitar
Louis Jardine   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Bill Benham   Viola
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Vaughan Armon   Violin
Bill Hawkes   Viola
Peter Lale   Cello,Viola,Celli
Tony Pleeth   Cello,Celli
Chico Science   Guitar
Diane Charlemagne   Vocals
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Cello,Celli
Jackie Shave   Violin
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Dan Lipman   Flute
Philip Dukes   Viola
James McLead   Violin
Justina Curtis   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Adam Salkeld   Acoustic Guitar
Cleveland Watkins   Vocals
Tim Philbert   Bass
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Vaughan Arinon   Violin
John Eastcoat   Flugelhorn,Muted Horn
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
James McLeod   Violin
Ivo Jan van der Werff   Viola

Technical Credits

John Altman   Arranger,Orchestration
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Goldie   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Poetry,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Rob Playford   Producer,Engineer
Dillinja   Programming
Peter Saville   Art Direction
Kris Parker   Composer
Optical   Programming
Will O'Donovan   Engineer
Mark Sayfritz   Programming
Justina Curtis   Arranger,Producer
Al "T" McLaren   Composer
Will O' Donovan   Engineer

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