Saturnz Return

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 042282899026
  • Catalog Number: 828990
  • Sales rank: 248,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mother (45:23)
  2. 2 Truth (14:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Temper, Temper (5:14)
  2. 2 Digitial (5:51)
  3. 3 I'll Be There for You (6:57)
  4. 4 Believe (7:09)
  5. 5 Dragonfly (16:04)
  6. 6 Chico - Death of a Rockstar (7:14)
  7. 7 Letter of Fate (7:54)
  8. 8 Fury - The Origin (6:30)
  9. 9 Crystal Clear (6:53)
  10. 10 Demonz (6:03)
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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
Kate Wilkinson 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, Guitar
Cleveland Watkins Vocals
Tim Philbert Bass
Rebecca Hirsch Violin
Vaughan Arinon Violin
John Eastcoat Flugelhorn, Muted Horn
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
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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