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.