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Thread: Album Club, September, 2020: Electro Deluxe - 'Circle'

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    Default Album Club, September, 2020: Electro Deluxe - 'Circle'

    The Album Club choice for September comes courtesy of Mike (Jack Hawk) with 'Circle' by Electro Deluxe. As always, please listen to the album in its entirety before you comment and vote.

    Electro Deluxe - 'Circle'

    Hi guys, my choice for this month is hopefully something none of you have heard before and it's a French Jazz Funk band called Electro Deluxe, they have been around since the early 2000's and have released a number of albums, however my choice for your listening pleasure is their 2016 album "Circle". Now I know most of you are expecting a foreign language album but surprise surprise the singer is an American and all of their material that contain lyrics are in English not only this album but all albums. I was introduced to the band about 4 years ago and have been a fan ever since, their musicianship is outstanding as is the arrangement and production, if you like them I would strongly recommend buying a copy on vinyl and their website is the cheapest place to buy (like so many bands). Stand out tracks for me are track 3: "K.O.", track 6: "Oh No", and track 13: Electro Deluxe "FNK LIVE".

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    I gave this a listen through. First few bars made me think "I like where this is going", but then all the subsequent bars went to places I don't like! I'm sure it's great stuff, but it's not my cup of tea. Sorry Mike and Electro Deluxe. 3

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    OK just managed to listen to this all the way through on Qobuz.

    They are obviously very skilled musicians, but not one song got me feeling Oh this is good. One thing I did notice was I kept hearing riffs and runs that sounded very familiar to those I knew from classic funk/Jazz/soul from the 60's, 70's and 80;s. One track made me think I was listening to a Steve wonder number. The last track Heaven Can Wait" I recognise the melody from another song but just cannot put my finger on it. Another track had echoes of James Brown but it felt flat IMO.

    So to sum up, I was rather disappointed all the way through, I do listen to Jazz/Funk and Fusion but found this to be a somewhat tedious listen. On the off chance it was just the studio production I had a quick listen to some of the songs on the "Live Circle" thinking that a live rendition would have a better feel, but no it was more of the same. So I have given this a 6 and that's mainly because of the musicianship.
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