Yea yea, requires several listens to "grow", I heard that crap before.
I listened to it three times. These are my findings:
The album has an outstanding start with the Unforscene chill acoustic guitar mix "Alright"
Then goes into a big hole of trashy tunes (read wanna-be songs/poor selections) and to my ears doesn't recover until the outstanding Latin track "Tu no quisieras ser yo" (You Wouldn't Want To Be), reminded me of the Colombian songstress Andrea from the band Aterciopelados.
From track 13 on, the album is on a roll! The Ben Westbeech blockbuster "Get closer" is to my ears the best selection of the album. Track 14 "Beijos" is an intimate chill tune, reminded me of Argentinian singer Federico Aubele, featured in previous collections. Tracks 15 and 16 "Ether" and "Plage Ensoleillée" are chill songs nicely sung and arranged.
This CD takes the number twelve spot on my CD player and that's about where it falls when compared to the eleven other Hotel Costes CD's that preceed it. I guess it was to much to hope for that S.P. could keep it up. The selections don't have the range of quality and ability to keep you interested in listening to it more than a time or two...even this may be more of a morbid fascination-playing it the second time, but being such a fan, evenso, after I got it I played it about ten times trying to get into it thinking it was just me, well there is just too much synthasized low quality junk here. S.P. has had the knack to find innovative one hit wonders and under used oldie but goodies for his prior work but these "artist" must have given him this stuff for free in hopes of getting some of their otherwise unsellable CD's sold...and what's with putting pieces with profanity in there? Maybe next year...
There's something cool and yet not "hipster cool" about French chillout music. It's nice to come home to after a bad day at the office, or as background music while you're watch the world go by outdoors.
The Hotel Costes series has sort of gone downhill from Volumes 9 through 11. It just seemed like Stéphane Pompougnac has been putting out less than great albums as of late. Don't get me wrong, they're still good - but lacked the awesomeness that you've come to expect from this series.
If you're looking at getting into this series, Vol 12 is a great starting point. It's great background music, and it's something I enjoy listening to before a power nap. This album is one you'll want to have on your mp3 player to make commuting more tolerable.
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