1. Eventide feat. Jaymes Bullet - Measure Up
2. Eventide feat. Robina - And I...
3. Claude Bareau and his Orchestra feat. Bonnie Bailey
- Barely Here
4. Mantra feat. Linda Oliveri - Lullaby
5. Sia - Breathe Me
6. Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
7. Josee - Heaven
8. Claude Bareau and his Orchestra - Morning
9. Dead Composers - Chile Con Carne (theme from Betty
Blue OST) (Richard Kayvan Remix)
10. Kelli Ali - Groupie
11. Chungking - Following
12. Gaelle - Moonsglow
13. Sugababes - Stronger
14. FC/Kahuna - Hayling
15. Frou Frou - Hear Me Out
16. Seed feat. Sarah Jay/Mint - To The End
1. Polly Paulusma - Mea Culpa
2. Aya - Curtain Call
3. Katie Melua - Blame It On The Moon
4. Late Night Alumni - Meant To Be
5. Mazzy Star - Flowers In December
6. Nikka Costa - Push & Pull
7. Redstar - Follow Me
8. Lamb - Wonder
9. No Silence - Hiding Place
10. Mantra feat. Robina - Rain
11. Husky Rescue - City Lights
12. Natalie Imbruglia - Cold Air
13. Engineers - Forgiveness
14. I Am Kloot - Mermaids
15. Snow Patrol - How To Be Dead
16. Alpinestars - Burning Up
Artists - Winter Chill (06.04) (Hed Kandi)
cover notes for this double album proclaim this compilation
to be: "deeply dark and sometimes disturbing".
The darker side of chill out? This is about as dark as trying
to kiss the fiery surface of the sun with your eyelids superglued
open, as threatening as an episode of 'My Family', as disturbing
as a trip to your Gran's. It is as soft and as comfortable
as being wrapped in cotton wool and rolling around in a
room stuffed to the brim with cushions, feathers and clawless
kittens. What would the Hed Kandi team think if they ever
heard Luke Vibert or the Aphex Twin when even the Sugababes
and Katie Melua give them the fear?!
all very nice but then so are many things that should never
be over-indulged in. You may like candyfloss but if you
were forced to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner you
would soon become sick of it, not to mention as toothless
as this painfully fluffy compilation of muted ballads and
strummed acoustic lightweight loveliness. Nearly every single
track contains breathy female vocals, nice strings and the
majority are as inoffensive and unchallenging (and often
uninspiring) musically as they can possibly contrive to
be. If you can imagine the melancholic soundtrack to Bridget
Jones stuffing a kilo bar of Dairy Milk down her throat
while on her lonesome then you are close to understanding
the overall tone of this collection.
said that, I did enjoy listening to parts of this compilation.
It is laid-back, soothing and could be used as an effective
aural equivalent of a shoulder-massage after a hard day
at the office as it slowly induces a calm, sedative reverie.
But while Zero 7 songstress, Sia's
best Tori Amos impression on 'Breathe Me'
is gently touching and the sleepy, harmonica-blessed blues
of Mazzy Star's 'Flowers In December' genuinely
heartfelt, the only tracks that really stand out are the
few that depart from the otherwise rigid blueprint. I
Am Kloot's 'Mermaids' creates some welcome depth
with its downbeat aquatic atmospherics, 'Burning Up' by
the Alpinestars thankfully raises the tempo
and retains interest through its moody chords and hypnotic
chorus and the warm jazz of Dead Composers'
'Chile Con Carne' transports you to a sun-baked, palm-lined
paradise beach. But there are precious few variations on
the overall theme across two discs making 'Winter Chill'
largely bland and predictable.
is no problem with chill-out music as a whole but what the
majority of record companies fail miserably to do is provide
compilations that are broad, varied and challenging, merely
serving to perpetuate the misguided idea that all downtempo
music sounds the same. It doesn't, check out a Big Chill
compilation for proof, but if you want to play it safe and
hear an easy listening album that is perfect for sofa-snuggling
and cosy nights in, this is the one for you.