Sound Mirrors - Coldcut
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  • Summary: This is the first album in eight years for the duo of Jon Moore and Matt Black. Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd, Jon Spencer and Andrew Broder (Fog) are among the eclectic guests.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    An astonishingly relevant album. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  2. [An] assured, wildly varied, endlessly enjoyable album that finds Coldcut in a position even more unlikely than the podium at the Brits: dance producers at the top of their game, 19 years into their career.
  3. Any number of tracks here could easily catapult them back into the consciousness of so much more than the cognoscenti.
  4. By pulling back on the "wow" factor and demanding less from the listener, Coldcut have delivered their first album that will be listened to twice as much as it's talked about.
  5. Its lack of focus often mutes its attempts to strike hard.
  6. 60
    An uneven mix. [Feb 2006, p.70]
  7. It's as if More and Black set out to purposely compose a more "mature" album. By slowing things down they're able to accommodate R&B outings, spoken word stories and artsy offerings, but to be honest, it's not all that much fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AlanR
    Feb 28, 2006
    10
    Oh, there are those the requisite prosaic liberal coldcut politics! I wish you could get a lyric-only mix. Soooo cool-y.
  2. zeel
    Mar 2, 2006
    6
    first track good. second track great. rest tracks, bad. don't buy whole CD, just a few individual tracks. other acts do accessible electro-diversity better: Shinjuku Zulu, Beck, RJD2... Expand
  3. kent
    Feb 24, 2006
    4
    Oh, that there weren't the requisite prosaic liberal coldcut politics. I wish you could get a lyric-free mix. Soooo corny.
  4. JC
    Mar 6, 2006
    4
    A truly great disappointment. They have tried to innovate by moving to a more song oriented structure, but most of these songs simply do not work. The album lacks any kind of coherence, and a couple of good tracks fail to save the album from mediocrity. Expand