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  • Summary: Second full-length from the British production duo.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Like its predecessor, the stellar Sleepwalking is steeped in mature songwriting craftsmanship and versatile rhythms that encompass dance, reggae, hip-hop, and left-field ambiance.
  2. There is strong instrumental feeling - sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholic and sometimes alluring and seductive - in every single track.
  3. The record closes with "Salvation", an epic comedown, courtesy of a massive vocal by Siron, R&C's liveshow frontwoman.... Such an abrupt end is testament to Sleepwalking's unrelenting desire for boldness and ability to execute such grand designs.
  4. 70
    And while 'Sleepwalking' can't help but sink into the somnambulism its title promises, R&C also get ambitious, abandoning lathery fantasia for something a little earthier. [Apr 2001, p.163]
  5. 70
    By assembling a heavyweight lineup of talent to support -- including soul legend Bobby Womack, the Congos, and the Pharcyde -- Rae & Christian set lofty aspirations and, more often than not, reach them.
  6. Not since Bomb the Bass's "Clear" has a British production team re-interpreted aging African American tropes so persuasively.
  7. Sleepwalking doesn't have a startling track like Northern Sulphuric's "Spellbound" to lift it out from the polite sludge of trip-hop mush.

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