- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.02 x 12.62 x 0.91 cm; 127.01 g
- メーカー : Ultra Records
- EAN : 0617465279522
- 製造元リファレンス : 1Y
- レーベル : Ultra Records
- ASIN : B004XIQJ1Y
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Firmly established as the UK's most popular DJ/producers, Above & Beyond are at a tipping point with the release of their second album 'Group Therapy'. Selling out famed concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic (including solo shows at L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium and Brixton Academy), the globetrotting Anjunabeats bosses have maintained a relentless weekly gigging diary at the biggest dance events on the planet. The first single from the album, the synth-driven stadium dance of 'Sun & Moon' is hooking major props from dance music mogul Pete Tong and getting playlisted on BBC Radio 1 - topping both the iTunes Dance and Beatport Trance charts along the way. The success is the result of years of hard work for Above & Beyond, with a CV that includes performing to 1 million people on Barra Beach in Rio and soundtracking the launch of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo. Building up an unstoppable momentum in the past 12 months, the UK-based trio made their debut at the legendary Glastonbury festival last year and saw the 350th episode of their TATW radio show become the world's top trending topic on social network Twitter in December. Long respected as musicians of pedigree, Above & Beyond's debut album 'Tri State' in 2006 was celebrated as "the fulfilment of any dance act's ultimate album aspiration" in DJ Magazine's 5/5 review. Unanimously praised, it transformed them from the standard-bearers of classy modern trance to genre-crossing electronic music greats. Bringing Above & Beyond's renowned blend of classic song-writing values and sleek electronic production into a contemporary context, their second album 'Group Therapy' will extend their appeal into the furthest reaches yet. Combining elements of trance 2.0, house, electronica and even modern classical, 'Group Therapy' is a complete listening experience that includes the bittersweet orchestral beauty of piano opener 'Filmic', the dark tale of edgy electronic-house anthem 'Black Room Boy' and the ambient electronica of 'Sun In Your Eyes' - a track which recalls ambient's early-90s glory days of Global Communication, Pete Namlook et al. With tales of loves lost, found and confused at 'Group Therapy's heart, highlights like 'Alchemy', 'You Got To Go' (both sung by former Faithless/Bent vocalist Ze Johnston) and future single 'Thing Called Love' (feat. Richard Bedford) are the antithesis of throwaway club music - adding depth, meaning and classic songwriting values to an album destined to go down as one of electronic music's classic.
久しぶりでしたが、聴いた瞬間からAbove & Beyond色だなぁという良い意味で裏切らないです。
全体を通して、美しく、Above & Beyondの世界が広がっています。
個人的には癒し度、心地よさ度、飽きなさ度ではTri-StateやWe Are All We Needより上だと思う。
Tri State only gave me half an album's worth of OK tracks but Group Therapy delivers mostly throughout. The vocals are very welcome here as is always with A&B.
Top track is Alchemy followed by the best Trance track with the non vocal Prelude. Sun And Moon is a stunning vocal Trance track.
Giving It out is a satisfying pop dance track and of course we have the brilliant Thing Called Love.
Quite a genius of an album.
As other reviewers have suggested, maybe just one additional vocalist (Ashley Tomberlin, for example?) might have added another layer of interest, and the instrumental tracks, while complementing the vocal ones, don't even seem to pack the same punch as on the classic Tri-State, from which the "sound" has not evolved much. Don't see that as a negative, though - it's just another collection of quality melodic trance for you to enjoy.
Some of the songs, although very thematically simple, are lyrically interesting (Alchemy), others go into deeper storytelling (Black Room Boy); if you want banging, chunky basslines, then You Got To Go, Black Room Boy and Giving It Out all deliver in spades, while Zoe Johnston serves up a tear-jerking tour de force on Only A Few Things which is every bit as memorable as Good For Me was on Tri-State.(You can easily imagine her re-recording this in her folky, acoustic solo style to devastating effect.)
But yep, there are a few slices of super-strong cheese, too. On My Way to Heaven would have benefited from lines and superfluous lines of Richard Bedford's lyric having been cut from the opening, at least until after the kick drum got going, giving the track more of a chance to develop, and on the chorus of Thing Called Love, you're thinking: "Hold on, did he really just rhyme 'forget' with 'regret', and then 'forget' again?"
Such gripes aside, Above & Beyond have made Xmas shopping for stocking-fillers a hell of a lot easier, as I know a few people who will really appreciate Group Therapy.
Group Therapy is a very reflective compilation, incorporating tales of spurned love and heartache as well as more up-beat instrumental moments. Tried and tested vocals come from Richard Bedford,Zoe Johnston and Tony McGuiness. The presentation of this album impacts as importantly as the tracks do. Personal highlights include;'Sun and moon','Prelude' and 'Sun in your eyes.'
A coming of age dance album and very therapeutic at the same time!