ALBUM TITLE                        :        EASY TO ASSEMBLE

ARTIST                                   :        CHICANE

GENRE                                    :        EDM / DANCE

DATE RELEASED                   :        2003

It is indeed very tempting to look back on early days of EDM where it was called electronica, ambient music, or industrial sound before EDM became a regular staple in radio and pop superstars embraced the genre. The reason of course is EDM today is not as fluid or as smooth compared decades ago.  Today, it seems that this genre is being exploited to the max without considering harmony, hook, and groove. At its worst, you can say the most EDM sounds today are considered as noise to the point that heavy metal is more tolerable to listen to than EDM. Chicane’s Easy to Assemble album is one proof that there is need to overload tracks with EDM instruments in order for it to be palatable for music lovers.

The album was not released commercially and apparently the one I listened to online is a bootleg version. However, this version did not mean that the album is not worth listening to. In fact, it is probably one of the finest records I came across which were not commercially available. There are so many amazing tracks in this album. The first song alone “Love on The Run” is very endearing and with a very relaxed vocals, the track is a good relaxation music.  The Bryan Adams vocal led track “East Side Story” is a bit of a surprise when you realize that his rock vocals blended well with EDM or electronica.  For hardcore Chicane fans, the tracks in this album might be too pop for them to appreciate. However, for those who haven’t discovered Chicane or are looking for good tunes for good times, this is a good recommendation.

Highlights of the album aside from the two mentioned earlier are; “Kilometre” which is quite hypnotic, “Arizona” the most ambient of all the tracks in here, and “Spirits” which has a retro vibe. Again, let me remind you that this album is compared with EDM music in general especially those that were released in recent years.  Given this parameter, I can say that this record deserved a 3.5 stars rating.  The overall feel of the record can be considered as good music not a collection of noise.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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