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Chill Out

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: Chill Out

Artist: The KLF
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: April 1993


Review by DjBatman
4 stars out of 4

The ultimate masterpiece of Ambient House. These are the only words that came to my mind when I think about "Chill out". Travel along the Mental States of America with UK's own sonic terrorists Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty. They probably have never seen Texas actually (just like me), but their musical adventure is apparently set in places like Brownsville, Beaumont and Lake Jackson.  The legend says that this album was made editing a huge "White Room" session lasting more than 480 minutes. Well, I don't care about the legend. This is an exceptional record... absolutely one of the best in my whole collection. The KLF use sound effects (trains, planes, boats, bird sounds), radio voices, Jesus Loves You (aka Boy George) samples; New York preachers, fragments of songs they performed in past and future incarnations ("3AM Somewhere out of Beaumont" echoes and at the same time anticipates the hit "3AM Eternal"; the "Justified and ancient" chorus also appeared in the infamous "1987" album, before becoming the hookline of another KLF hit with the same title, later featuring the vocal talents of country queen Tammy Wynette). "Elvis on the radio, steel guitar in my soul" puts Elvis' own "In the ghetto" in an echo chamber, together with hawaiian guitar chords (hmmm... all this sounds a bit like some of Bill Drummond's old solo stuff). This is music you can dream to, or music you can listen before falling asleep. Or, even better, the sounds you would hear on the radio, if you were driving an old police car at 3 a.m. somewhere near the Tex-Mex border.

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