A Lively Mind, the second artist album from Paul Oakenfoldperhaps the most important figure in modern club cultureis a passionate, up-tempo, electronic adventure. Continuing a tradition of employing unique vocalists, Oakenfold enlisted actress Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Sin City) for lead track "Faster Kill Pussycat" plus modern hip-hop great Pharrell Williams, hip-hop living legend Grandmaster Flash and others. But it is Oakenfolds dance/crossover genius at the heart of A Lively Mind.
Probably one album is enough for me, but I am 45 years old.
And by High Energy I mean... blowing the meter high! This CD is rammed full of power rifts from rock guitars and pumping beats and breaks. Most of the songs on this CD are roaring BMP songs that will rip through your CD player. The vocals add to the energy and add to it very well indeed. Britney Murphy is a good choice for the sultry and dirty Faster Kill Pussycat track.
This is a great piece of work by one of the Top DJs in the world. Not the first time Oakenfold has gone out of his way to create original music. 2-3 years ago we had Bunka. It wasn't bad. But it lacked focus. Before that there was the Swordfish soundtrack, which had a lot of original material on it, and it wasn't a bad attempt either. .
I totally recommend this CD for someone who is looking for some High Energy rock/trace/house and break tracks. Enjoy!!
However, this may not be to your liking. Am still muzzled about how to rate this LP, hence the 3 stars. One thing is for sure: it's not your typical Oakie works other than he likes to surprise people and churn up associations and musical crossings that arent expected.
I have no idea who Ryan Tedder is but he has amazing vocals, and I will definitely check out OneRepublic. It is an interesting discovery in itself.
My most favourite track in true Oakie style is "Not Over". I hope it gets released as a single, and undergoes remixing by talented DJs.
Seems to me "Faster Kill Pussycat" has some sampling from one of the songs in Flashdance.. but I might be wrong. Great track there too, though I felt Brittany Murphy's vocals were not put to its best use.
"Save The Last Trance" is a high energy trance instrumental track, and if released should also see some interesting remixes.
The surprise also comes in "Vulnerable" ft Bad Apple. Again, another name that is a big unknown but to be checked out.
I only heard a few songs before buying this album and was a bit surprised to find some rap-funk-electro mix, which isnt my style and this style seems to be quite special, so it might appeal to you or not.
I definitely dont regret having this LP, it might just turn out to be THE crossover album from Oakie, and definitely showcases his ability to be influenced and attracted to different styles of music.
In the end, I think his curiosity into domains that are not necessarily attractive for a DJ make him unique and one of the Top 5 DJs in the world, and his talent is definitely there.
In conclusion, I would say, give it a try, and you might be surprised into liking a style and a genre that you would not associate with Oakie, and maybe it will grow on you.
I've had the LP for little under 1 week, and am still discovering some tracks that I end up liking, "No Compromise" for instance.