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Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
Original Release Date: March 29, 2005
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Higher Octave
1. The Crossing 4:43
2. Say Yeah 3:39
3. So Kylie 4:22
4. Trinity 4:41
5. The Detroit Shuffle 4:29
6. Cherry Hill 3:27
7. She Speaks American English 4:44
8. Lilac Lane 4:49
9. The 14 Carrot Cafe 4:09
10. Get Up (Levantar Y Bailar) 3:57
11. The Moon And The Sun 5:39
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is most likely the best effort from Acoustic Alchemy. Its so good, you
can just let it play, well almost. The recording quality is excellant, and
the compositions are original. If I had complaints, they would be that some
of the compositions sound like a drum machine is being used while others
are obviously real drums. Another would be this CD is too short at 48:25.
Its a shame this kind of music does not get any air play. Take it from me,
this is great music. I know this review is shallow, but this CD dosn't need
a lot of intellectual descriptions. Its simply sweet music that warrants
inclusion in your smooth jazz music collection. Finally, this is the first
CD I've every purchased that was easy to open. Every CD manufacturer needs
to take note from this Higher Octave release on how to package a CD.
Like a letter from a favorite friend - Smooth Jazz supergroup Acoustic
Alchemy writes again... This time they've written in "American English,"
which is, as we would be inclined to say in America, totally cool.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary the British instrumental ensemble has
released, in our opinion, one of their best projects to date...
Sophisticated, captivating and fresh. Reminding me a bit of 1991's BACK ON
THE CASE with regard to how that album impacted music at that time.
Starting off smooth and hip on AMERICAN/ENGLISH with "The Crossing," moving
right into the current radio hit, "Say Yeah," which offers some fun,
cutting edge production where the guitar riffs are "chopped" for effect;
this technique has been utilized by dance/pop artists like Madonna and
Craig David. For you Chill/Lounge enthusiasts, check out "So Kylie," a
delicious groove with sweet vocalizing combined with that signature
Acoustic Alchemy sound. The name references the U.K. dance scene and diva
Kylie Minogue. Another stand out track, "She Speaks American English,"
funks up the place a bit. According to AA manger, Stewart Coxhead, "It's an
English take on a sound that is very American, with maybe a few Steely Dan
quotes thrown in." My personal favorite is the deep "Lilac Lane" for it's
rich texture, complex emotion and haunting melody. Feels like the Monterey
Bay area to me... Acoustic Alchemy Circa 2005, with Greg Carmichael and
Miles Gilderdale at the helm, is at the top of their game... Sounding,
looking and recording better than ever. -Sandy Shore
I wasn't expecting much from some of the reviews here but was pleasantly
surprised. Sure, there are some of the same guitar progressions & licks, a
few that sound like other AA tunes, but overall it is a totally enjoyable
CD, with somewhat more of a 70s/80s feel than some of their other CDs. Some
real treats here like "Detroit Shuffle", "Say Yeah", and "Carrot Cafe" is a
whole new AA groove. Soothing, energizing...there's not much music like
this these days, so get it!