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  • Summary: 'A Lively Mind' is the second artist album for the veteran DJ, producer and remixer. Guest vocalists include actress Brittany Murphy, Pharrell Williams and Grandmaster Flash.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Further illustrate[s] Oakenfold's sonic skills and celebrity contacts. [9 Jun 2006, p.139]
  2. Employing actress Brittany Murphy on the ridiculous "Faster Kill Pussycat" hardly helps, as does reducing Pharrell Williams' talent with a caricature of a tune like "Sex 'N' Money."
  3. Instead of finding a different voice as a writer and producer of original material, Oakenfold seems trapped by dance-music genre conventions. [28 May 2006]
  4. 40
    Mind plays like a collection of tracks destined for car commercials, Hollywood movies and Superbowl half-time shows. [Apr 2006, p.90]
  5. 40
    These thumping, Ibiza-inflected excursions into pop and R&B aren't quite as catchy [as "Starry Eyed Surprise"]. [Jun 2006, p.83]
  6. Too many tracks meander aimlessly without finding the perfect beat.
  7. A Lively Mind... stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold’s standards.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 15 out of 18
  1. bobm
    Jun 19, 2006
    10
    fasterkill pussycat is a tune end of
  2. ToddJ
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    Like all other masterpieces of the 21st century Lively Mind is both groundbreaking, and breath taking. Albums such as Kid A and Hotel Yankee Like all other masterpieces of the 21st century Lively Mind is both groundbreaking, and breath taking. Albums such as Kid A and Hotel Yankee Foxtrot are definately comparable. In many years to come this album will be referenced upon. An alternative/electronic touchstone. Expand
  3. OwenW
    Jul 28, 2006
    2
    There is nothing breathtaking or groundbreaking about house music anymore. There was nothing breathtaking or groundbreaking about house music There is nothing breathtaking or groundbreaking about house music anymore. There was nothing breathtaking or groundbreaking about house music 7 years ago, either. Comparing this record to "Kid A" is like comparing apples and rotten apples. If you're over the age of 25 and you're still listening to paul oakenfold records, its time to stop spending so much money on hair gel and move out of your moms house. Expand
  4. BobbyK
    Jun 13, 2006
    0
    KLF rip-offs and cheesy vocals
  5. DevinB
    Jun 28, 2006
    0
    Utterly worthless yawnfest...unoriginal, uninspired and corny beyond imagination. There must be thirty or forty fantastic DJ/Dance albums Utterly worthless yawnfest...unoriginal, uninspired and corny beyond imagination. There must be thirty or forty fantastic DJ/Dance albums that come out in a year these days...why on earth is Oakenfold still allowed near a recording studio? Expand
  6. JohnD
    Aug 12, 2006
    0
    You're better off hoping for DJ Shadow's latest, if only because Oakenfold is Satan.
  7. PresidentBush
    Jul 9, 2006
    0
    this man has the ability to write bad songs

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