Essence - A Guy Called Gerald
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  • Summary: Former 808 State-er Gerald Simpson returns with a follow-up to 1995's Black Secret Technology.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Essence is the album Roni Size's Breakbeat Era hoped to be, a song-based, drum 'n' bass epic that works on many levels.
  2. He's created a bona-fide pop album--smokingly soulful, sure, but armed to the teeth with hooks and refrains, radio-ready and simultaneously transcendent. [#147, p.84]
  3. 80
    The sound may be five years old, but Essence's insistence that jungle left something valuable behind back in '95 is a major part of its appeal. [Sept. 2000]
  4. Gerald ups the ante again, incorporating astounding vocalists, intricate bass and drum patterns, and mood-altering melodies and tones to take the electronic dance community by storm.
  5. Gerald's mastery of his own sound and style generally triumphs over his occasional lapses in focus.
  6. Though his solo tracks are fine compositions, its when Gerald mixes the dark drum'n'bass beats with sultry elements and star female vocals, does his production come alive and the album become worthwhile.
  7. Infuriatingly sub-standard...

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