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Busy Curious Thirsty

music reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Busy Curious Thirsty

Artist: Spring Heel Jack
Genre: Dance
Release Date: September 1997

Review by DjBatman
3½ stars out of 4

Jack's tracks to a superficial listener would probably look like heaps of junglist minimalism. Instead, everything is carefully planned: drums, sub-bass, melodic (and hypnotic) keyboard loops, unexpected horn inserts that seem to come straight out some 60's tv serial about spies and mysteries. Most of the music in "Busy Curious Thirsty" ould be  perfect as a dream machine soundscape; or, more realistically, for club play (but particular light effects, lasers and projected images would be a must in such a situation!). The atmospheric intermissions like "Galapagos 3" (with a live drum sample courtesy of Tortoise) apparently emerge as a diversion from the sounds of the album... yet they still give the impression of soundtracks for a film or for a trip to a fantasy realm ("Bells 2"); so they're perfectly in theme with everything else. "Hale Bopp" is the perfect tribute to the comet that travelled through our skies in the spring of '97; "Happy Baby" is an ode to life and happiness in the form of an instrumental filled with samples of baby voices; the intro to "The wrong guide" sounds like the reharsals of an electro-symphonic orchestra. If you're neither a club dj nor you are plugged to a dream machine now ;-) I'd advice to play this disc during a long journey-- whether you are travelling in deep space, on  some highway on this planet, or even just surfing the Internet in your own bedroom.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...mates aggressive, low-end rhythms with disturbing instrumental textures; the timbres and sonorities favored here recall...Elmer Bernstein..and Carl Stalling....The resulting punch resonates both in the head and in the gut..." 3.5 Stars (out of 5) Rolling Stone 10/30/97, pp.67-68

"...non-junglists who dig Spring Heel Jack because they keep the `musical' elements in the foreground will find precious little to hang onto here....Coxon and Wales still don't chop up their drums as severely as most junglists, but the clean sound of their first two records is mostly gone..." 7 (out of 10)  Spin 11/97, pp.148-149



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