Ivory Tower Import
Being the hardest working man in music and all, Chilly Gonzales is also in the process of completing a feature length film that shares the same title as the new album, Ivory Tower. Co-written by himself and Celine Sciamma (who wrote the award winning French Film Waterlillies / La Naissance des Pieuvres) and starring Chilly, Tiga and Peaches, the film is an existentialist sports comedy about chess and success. First single `Never Stop' produced by Boys Noize marks a musical departure for Gonzales from his last albums Solo Piano (2004) and Soft Power (2007) as he delves into yet another genre with ease, seemingly doing it better than all the other poor schmucks who spend a lifetime trying. From the stark finger click intro, swiftly joined by the layers of piano and Gonzo's `Never Stop' vocal refrain, we are taken on a deft and addictive journey that builds into an acidic euro pop crescendo. `Do it again?' Don't mind if we do thanks.
Upon listening to this album the very first time I could tell that Chilly and his crew put a ton of attention to every aspect of the album, and that it was a very 'intelligent' album. There were some grooves that got my foot tapping and some really funny lyrics, but my overall first impression was that "this was an excellent album of music that just wasn't my cup of tea."
About a week later, my wife was driving my car and it still had the Chilly CD in it. She said she didn't expect me to have that type of music in the CD player (we have different taste in music) and that she REALLY liked it. So, the next time we were in the car together, we listened to it again... and for some reason, the second time I listened to the album in its entirety, I really got into it. Maybe because the shock of how different it was than any other music in my collection had worn off and my prejudices toward techno/club music had to be put aside because my wife likes those styles of music.
I have listened to the album many times over now, and I have found that I like the album more each time I listen to it. It was really exciting for me to have an album of this techno/party/club genre that I REALLY like. I never felt like I was able to like music like this because I always found this type of music to be boring and repetitive, and lacking in any real 'music.'
This album has been a game changer for me, along with his "Presidential Suite" album, which I had a similar experience with. Chilly Gonzales is edgy, funny, and most importantly, incredibly musically talented. I highly recommend this album, particularly to those people who feel the need to expand their musical horizons.
If you are looking for the apple commercial version,search it online, don't buy this cd.