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OT: My Paul Oakenfold Review (long) (archive)

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Posted by Seth H. on October 07, 2000 at 03:57:07:

   Before I begin, to those that post "this shouldn't be here," there are a few people on this board who'd disagree. People showed some interest in my last post, and this is why I'm posting. If you don't want to read it, click your back button.

   I just got my Perfecto Presents Another World, the new one from Paul Oakenfold, and thought I'd post my "review" for those that are interested. I popped in the first disc, this is a two disc set as are most trance releases, and was turned off. I personally loved Tranceport, Global Underground New York: Paul Oakenfold, and Two years resident at Cream, and this disc is MUCH different. Gone are the electronic tunes that Oakie is so known for, but instead this disc has a lot of "snare and hi-hat" type percussion beats. (It reminded me of Danny Tenaglia.) It was alright to listen to, but personally not my taste. Besides this, my second major gripe is on the layout of this disc. I loved Oakenfold's earlier releases because they literally took you on a ride. They started off soft, built up to a crazy level, kept you there for a while, then let you down begging for more. This disc has lots of ups and downs, and doesn't tend to stay up for too long. If you're enjoying your "club kid" drug of choice, this may be appealing, but listening to it sober is just frustrating.

   So at this point it's 3:30 in the morning, I've just finished racing a few people on Jericho Turnpike when the occasional up song was playing on disc one, and I'm ready to go home. I have about five minutes to get home, so I pop in disc two. Yeeeesssssss. This is the Oakenfold we all know and love. No more monotonous drum beats, but instead he brings in the electronic tunes that made his earlier releases so great. This disc starts off at a mid level, builds up to a feverish frenzy, tames down, builds up again even stronger, then just stops. It's now 4:30, as I could not possible go home without finishing it, and I'm ready to turn the car around and go to Sound Factory because it's open late. (I know that Factory sucks, but it's the only club opened past 4) Instead I decide to go in tomorrow, because I still have a cold and my girlfriend would kill me if I went without her.

   And now to the conclusions. 1) Don't put this CD in after 2AM. Trust me, you'll regret it. 2)This collection seems to be compiled of tunes of Oakie trying to change his style, but then regaining his senses and offering a sick finish. 3) Don't give up on a set until you hear all of the discs. This album, Perfecto Presents Another World, is without a doubt worth the purchase price, even if you use the first disc as a coaster on your nice wooden tables. Definite buy rating from me. Also check out DJ Taucher Live at Webster Hall. It just came out last week and also sounds pretty good.
--Seth



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