'64 - '95 - Lemon Jelly
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  • Summary: The English duo's third album is composed entirely of samples from their personal record collections, falling between the years 1964 and 1995.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Perhaps their best outing yet.
  2. Though sampling has been done to death, the stealthiness which which Deakin and Franglen incorporate their borrowed material will be required study for wannabe producers and hop-headz; in that regard, it's on a par with the seminal Paul's Boutique.
  3. Being sampled by Lemon Jelly on this astonishing new album is nothing less than an honor.
  4. 70
    The tone is less whimsical, occasionally ecstatic, and at times reminiscent of big beat. [Mar 2005, p.91]
  5. Despite the wide range of musical styles used here, each one is absorbed into that unique Jellies sound, smoothed and polished almost beyond recognition into a sumptuous, unthreatening ambient groove with echoes of The Orb, Groove Armada and Zero 7.
  6. '64-'95 succeeds when Lemon Jelly stick to their bread and butter: pleasant and facile ambience.
  7. 20
    Feels like a product of the past. Not the distant past, either, where at least its retrofits could be forgiven as homage. Lemon Jelly captures electronica circa 1993. [#67, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jun 19, 2013
    8
    As many other reviews have said, this album sis a grower! After one complete listen through I was really disappointed. After KY & Lost Horizons I considered 64-95 to be quite a lazy album. A band with immense vision and talent who had only used about half it...

    However after a few more listens I'd say this album is actually very good. In some ways it is more subtle than the previous 2, it is not as quirky, jolly or humorous but it is the tiny little embellishments that build the album into a whole. One of those albums that you can hear something different everytime you play it.
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  2. Sep 25, 2013
    7
    Early Lemon Jelly is heard to beat. They put out some of the most innovative and unique electronica of the last 20 years. Most of my favourite LJ material resides on their Eps.

    The advantage of an EP is the duration its easier to sustain the quality and focus over a shorter period. I thought Lost Horizons was decent but felt the material struggled to keep me engaged the whole way through. I feel the same about this record some great moments and probably would have been another classic EP if shorter but as a long player the impact of the great moments are diluted by the lesser tracks that feel as if they are simply padding out the album.

    If you like the band then this is well worth checking out and is still superior to most of what their contemporaries produced at the time.
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