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Totally different order on the tracks compared with the European release. Look 3 Dewy fields Continuum The suffering The Glassmaker Picnic on the moon Intravenous Oyster Birds of passage A shoulder to the wheel Not on vinyl or Japaneese CD.

Blank sheets Dreaming girl Without you Capio Agassiz Kloeberdanz White-out conditions Baltic ice-breaker Didnt You Know It? - Bel Canto - Magic Box (CD Upland Rumour Abstract Remix B2. Rumour Abstract Instrumental B3. Rumour Album Edit B2. Rumour Album Edit Rumour M. Rumour Tribe in dub Rumour Abstract Remix Bel Canto are a band who are already huge in their home country Norway, but this is their debut single in the UK market, which has been taken from the forthcoming LP 'Magic Box'.

It's the kind of track that you want to play purely because it's so good. The mixes have been done by Ben Chapman and the Masters at Work, Ben provides the funky mixes, while the Masters At Work have taken things into more housey vein.

Already making appearances in the buzz charts due to the U. It's laid back, it's funky and it's good! A major priority. Rumour Vocal Dub Mix A2. Rumour 12" Mellow Mix B1. Rumour Dub Mix B2. Rumour Alt dub 12" Mix This promo sampler from France comes in cardboardsleeve with the same artwork as the European 'Magic Box' album. Rumour Alt 12" Dub Mix Rumour 12" Mellow Mix Birds Of Passage Live, Trondheim Album v.

Remix Single made in Holland for the french market. Unicorn Steve Forward Remix Unicorn Ride The Unicorn Unicorn Acapella Unicorn Alien Nation Remix Ride The Unicorn Waking Will Unicorn Edit The Glassmaker B2. Blank Sheets Didnt You Know It? - Bel Canto - Magic Box (CD. Slowpho - I Wake Myself Remix Thievery Corporation - Bario Alto Phobos - In My Soul Funky Porcini - Dubble Sasha - Requiem Delerium feat Leigh Nash - Innocente Bel Canto - Foolish Ship Underworld - Twist Lemongrass - La Mer Athome Project - A Feeling.

De-Phazz - Zero Zero Mark Rae - Skio Vidar Busk - Perleporten Diaz - Takk Morten Abel Album) En Vill En Didn't You Know It. Big Belly Butterfly. Kiss of Spring. The Magic Box II. Rumour Abstract Hip Hop Mix. See More. On sale now Aqualung Jethro Tull. Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull. A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay. By Bel Canto. You may also like Letter To You Bruce Springsteen.

Rumours Fleetwood Mac. While Drecker and Johansen have never achieved the thorough fame of Amos or many other well-known names, the duo still stick to their strong guns throughout Magic Box with generally fine results. Much like Birds of Passagehere the core performers are augmented by a number of guest performers, including such omnipresent musicians as guitarist B.

Cole, drummer Jaki Leibezeitand bassist Jah Wobble all appearing only for one song each. While a bit of Bel Canto 's mystic and dark elements are lost as a result, it's more than offset by the generally positive, uplifting flow of the music, often influenced by hip-hop and bhangra Album) than anything else.

Calling one of the songs "Bombay" is a bit of a giveaway with respect to the latter genre. Drecker's singing abilities are ever more improved, capable of calling to mind such singers as Oum Khartoum on the distinctly Arabic-sounding "In Zenith.

Songs of note include "Paradise," effortlessly blending an older Drecker style of singing with newer percussion approaches and sounds, and the wonderful "Big Belly Butterflies" -- the title may sound a bit goofy; the song, however, is anything but. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Release info: —Norway Availability: Available in Europe—watch out for the title change.

Will soon be released in the U. But if you're a diehard Bel Canto fan as I amyou'll love it—it's excellent! Anneli Drecker and Nils Johansen consequently continue their journey into cyberspace. The cover looks as cold as the music sounds: portraits of Anneli and Lars dressed in white and styled like androids, everything tinted in pale colors.

The album starts very commercial and lifeless but turns better to the end. After the first listen I couldn't discover any outstanding song like "Rumour" or "Bombay" from Magic Box. My first impression is, that Images isn't bad, but after Magic Box I expected more. The new one is too straightforward. They had jettisoned their trademark delicacy for a homogenous dance-pop sound, complete with one song that featured a guest rapper.

The mysterious world-beat aspects of their music were subsumed in familiar, mainstream sounds. The best songs were poor imitations of their past successes.

Her precious lyrics were replaced by deliberate eccentricities and malapropisms that smacked of effort. My guess is that after moving from label to label, Magic Box was a conscious attempt to make their songs more palatable to a wider audience. To tell the truth, I had just about given up on them.

But thanks to the Internet, I sampled some tracks of their CD Imagesonly available in Europe, and on the strength of those sound bytes, ordered the CD. Images picks up where 's Shimmering, Warm and Bright left off. There are the majestic and glacial medieval-electronic pieces Bel Canto are great at creating. In "Verena," against techno sound effects and Nils Johansen's brittle guitar figures, Drecker scats and skitters like Elizabeth Fraser Cocteau Twins in impossibly high, wordless sighs.

The short "Nornagest" features a choir of Dreckers that swell like a heavenly host. It's Enya Album) cojones. Songs with lyrics, like the title track, "Rush," "Idly I De-ice," and "Heaven" are a return to Drecker's fairytale themes. The melodies don't lose the ethereal aesthetic that distinguishes Bel Canto from similar acts, and the sound effects are updated and more connected to current electronica sounds.

This restores Bel Canto as one of the top ethereal-pop acts. The rest of it is forgettable Europop to my ears. These two tracks are lovely, though, and remind me of why I used to love this band. The lead singer, Anneli Drecker, has a gorgeous voice, the equal of Elizabeth Fraser Cocteau Twinsand when multi-tracked, conjures up a glacial beauty. Her compatriot, multi-instrumentalist Nils Johansen, has a penchant for mixing pure popcraft with electronic and ambient textures.

The results are mixed. For one, Drecker's lyrical skills don't quite match the grandeur of her voice; this is most noticeable in the radio-friendly songs. The best of these pop songs are the Album) with Rokysopp, such as "Foolish Ship" and "Night Lady," which have enough unusual twists built into their structure to avoid blandness. The album gets much better as the mainstream tendencies fall away, revealing more distinctive—and Bel Canto-like—material.

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