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All Music Guide - John Bush
Groove Armada survived longer than most in the downbeat scene because they were able to move beyond the usual sample-plus-beats formula that so quickly lost its currency by the end of the '90s. Andy Cato and Tom Findlay could create tracks with or without samples, and their production skills put them in close company with the best in the business Air, DJ Shadow. They even used a Jay-Z beat better than, and previous to, its commercial-rap appearance -- on The Black Album's "What More Can I Say" -- and hired Jeru the Damaja to give it a better feature. As before, the duo trawls British clubland of the past 20 years with surprisingly great results, spanning grime features like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Groove Armada survived longer than most in the downbeat scene because they were able to move beyond the usual sample-plus-beats formula that so quickly lost its currency by the end of the '90s. Andy Cato and Tom Findlay could create tracks with or without samples, and their production skills put them in close company with the best in the business Air, DJ Shadow. They even used a Jay-Z beat better than, and previous to, its commercial-rap appearance -- on The Black Album's "What More Can I Say" -- and hired Jeru the Damaja to give it a better feature. As before, the duo trawls British clubland of the past 20 years with surprisingly great results, spanning grime features like "Get Down" an excellent single and housey, digitalistic productions on a pair of Candi Staton features that are worthy of Massive Attack themselves. Prince gets extra props, with the funk extravaganza "The Girls Say" featuring the great Rhymefest and a refreshing look at mid-'80s neo-psych with the single "Song 4 Mutya Out of Control." Critics could and would say that there's little here that tells you what Groove Armada sound like aside from their influences, but the productions are perfect, the hooks are miles-wide, and most of the vocal features turn out well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886970768528
  • Catalog Number: 707685
  • Sales rank: 258,010

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Groove Armada Primary Artist
Candi Staton Vocals
Tony Allen Drums
Tim Fuller Background Vocals
Tim Vine Keyboards
Jeb Loy Nichols Vocals
Patrick Dawes Percussion
Red Rat Background Vocals
Sarah Richardson Background Vocals
Andy Cato Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tim Hutton Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Joanne Morris Background Vocals
Simon Lord Vocals
Richard Archer Melodica
Jack Splash Vocals
Alan Donohoe Vocals
Tony Allen Drums
Jack McManus Vocals
Angela Botha Background Vocals
Faye Donaldson Background Vocals
Ilana Rakhorst Background Vocals
Halima Khatun Background Vocals
Hayley Rowland Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Candi Staton Composer
Tommy Paterson Producer, Engineer
Mike Daniels Composer
David Kutch Mastering
Andy Cato Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tim Hutton Composer
Tom Findlay Producer, Engineer
Karen Ann Poole Composer
Dan Hewson String Arrangements
Simon Lord Composer
Jack Splash Composer
Alan Donohoe Composer
Jack McManus Composer
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