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Sincere

Mj Cole

2000

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Sincere

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Choose Your Own Adventure! Just slot in "You Must Hear Before You Die" where applicable: 1001 Drum Presets 1001 Unlabeled Extended Dance Mixes 1001 Cut Big Fish Theory Beats 1001 Dreamcast Era Racing Game Menu Themes 1001 Guest Vocalists Maybe Too Willing to Lend a Hand 1001 Sped-Up Massive Attack Songs 1001 Miami Bass Tracks for Timid Whites 1001 British Albums That Charted Somewhere 1001 Alternate Takes from That One Röyksopp GEICO Caveman Commercial 1001 is a Way Bigger Number Than We Thought Key Tracks: I dunno, listen to one of the ones with the dude singing, one of the ones with the lady singing, and one of the ones with the patois guy and you'll have heard the whole album.

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Boring, repetitive, and super long. Possesses about as much cultural importance as a cologne ad, which makes the album cover convenient. Best track: Radio Interlude

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I hate this. Zero vibes.

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Almost offensively generic. It baffles me that anyone would invest time in making it listening to music this bland.

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It’s a grime album. Not my go to scene. It’s good. But I’m not schooled in this genre at all.

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4

Hella good. Nice beats with pretty good vocals all the way through. Super danceable which is always a plus. Overall, a pretty cool old-school UK garage album! 8/10

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I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. I expected an album of Sincere re-mixes and, let’s be honest, a lot of tracks sound like they could be just that - but there’s a nice mood throughout with some beautiful singing. This definitely taps into a nostalgia for a jungle sound which was briefly all you heard from car stereos and such in London. There are better jungle albums out there, though; and there are definitely 1,001 better albums than this. But it’s a nice enough listen for when you are feeling in the mood.

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Not a fan, just shitty club mixes

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I admit I did not listen to the whole album, but it was so uninetresting. Melody was okay I guess.

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I really don't enjoy electronic music and this was no exception. To make matters worse spotify onky has deluxe version of this album which is weird. Normally deluxe albums give you the album itself and then extra songs after those original ones but here they were mixed which made listening to it very annoying.

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Fit for a club, not for my living room.

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I could not get into this album. It was very repetitive early 2000s electronic with frustrating vocal performances. Not my thing.

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Booooring...I considered turning it off half way through the first song.

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blech

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Not for me.

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Not my cup of tea. The beats can be interesting but just not anything I would listen to

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Was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this. I didn’t think much of it at first since I just expected UK House and Dance, but Elizabeth Troy’s vocals won me over. Made me invested in the deluxe version of the album.

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R&B / Electronica

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MJ Cole. Great find. His latest music is really chill. 4.5/5

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Could not stop banging my head. This is a great album to code to. Great vibes, great beats, great melodies, but it wasn't anything that makes me go "10/10 album!". 4

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Demasiado largo. Pero bueno, le voy a dar un 4. Está bien.

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4

Pretty cool house album.

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4

One of my favorite new finds so far. Some really dynamic sampling and amazing vocal performances throughout.

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4

I would never normally listen to this but it was exactly what I needed today. Weirdly it really helped me concentrate on work.

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4

I enjoyed this relaxing soul electronic trip hop album. Love the hypnotic drumming beat with calm balanced voices that makes today autotuned albums seem pointless. Easy to listen and keeps you hooked during the whole album session. Definitely will give this another go. Probably more.Tip. The deluxe album more tracks (clubbing sounding remixes) . There are avoidable if you need the time.

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I know precisely zero about this prior to listening to it. Wow. Thinking "OK, this is some light and relatively unchallenging jazz" it turns out to actually be some UK garage. This is going to be a fun ride... OK, so this album is long. I managed to get through Oxygene by having it land on a day that I had a three hour drive. But I didn't have two hours to spare for this. Got about an hour through the first volume and there's some good stuff in here. I'd come back to it out of a sense of completeness, but I doubt it'll enter my regular play. What I can say about UK Garage is that at the time, it seemed world-changing. The direction was new, refreshing and exciting. With the eyes of time looking back at it, though, it seems tame. From UK garage's world-changing start we've seen the birth of dubstep and grime. As important and exciting as it was... It has been eclipsed by its progeny. I feel the same way about what I heard of Sincere as I do about The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. It's a good album, and one that exemplifies a sea-change in music. But they are, perhaps, the giants that other people are standing on the shoulders of.

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Early garage beats..... good listen!

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Digging this one actually. Been kinda into early 2000s/late 90s house music and this fits the bill.

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Ambiente. Soul. Muy largo.

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Dance tranquilo. Buena rítmica

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This was Ok, pretty good even, but I did kind of find myself tuning it out into the background.

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Weird album, but I liked some of the beats/vocals.

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meh

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OG British garage /dub. Never knowingly heard any of this guys tracks before. Bandelero Desperado sounded like the birth of garage/jungle. Definitely paved the way for Chase & Status, even Dizzee Rascal and early grime etc. Actually really enjoyed it tbf. 3/5, cos it doesn't sound classic enough to be a 4

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really enjoyed this! it was a tad repetitive but it’s clearly an influential album and i completely get the appeal. elisabeth troy murdered those vocals i loved every track she was on

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Also enjoyable

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House music huh. Feeling the dancefloor groove.

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Good background music for a chill party or something like that.

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Felt like going to the house party of someone outside your friend group.

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-Some nice flows and catchiness in "Bandelero Desperado" -"Rough Out Here" is pretty solid. I like that it is pretty upbeat and not as repetitive, and the singing is great -"Free My Mind" is nice but also pretty repetitive

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I would say I'm glad I hear this and liked the title track Sincere - but I wouldn't listen to a lot of it again. I respect it though!

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This isn't completely classic in terms of British garage I feel... it's not exactly banger after banger but more sinks into the background. I guess there isn't really such a thing as great garage albums as people aren't creating garage for album purpose but more single bangers for the club. I actually still really enjoyed the whole album to work to as it does inspire focus and productivity haha, but it's not classic enough for a 4. I didn't find any tracks particularly exciting or special really.

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Variadito, pero secon.

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Chill album, EDM, not too memorable

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This was an enjoyable album, with a housey-jazzy-R&B vibe. I gather from some of the reviews that this album prefigured a lot of UK garage music, but it feels a little dated to me, coming out all the way in 2000. I still like it for the most part. It would have been better had he just let the singers sing and done less chopping up of the vocal pieces. Fave Songs: You're Mine, Crazy Love, Rough Out Here

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Trippier than I expected - so many similarities to Revolver

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modern art of music. not really intrested

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Eh not my style, EDM predecessor but I'm sure it's important somehow

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I don't like house music or whatever this is. Not my bag. There were one or two songs that I liked, but for the most part this was a tough listen.

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Mediocre British dancehall music from the early 2000s. The only thing that is saving this from literally 1 star is "Bandelero Desperado", which is a 5 star track that, as the kids say, slaps.

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It was fine, but nowhere close to my favorite. Decent background music but I probably wouldn’t choose to listen to it again.

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OK. Lots of repetitive sampling with a good groove.

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Theres some really good songs, and i can tell this is good, but Im still trying to get used to house music. This was a good album to keep getting an ear for it

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Interesting, I was not expecting breakbeat on the tracks not for me

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Not really my kind of electric music.

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Pretty fun but didn't grab me.

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ok but too generic for me wouldn't turn it off,

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I don't know why this is so long, I don't know why there's like almost no cohesion to the album. It sounds like the sampler disc at a fucking j.crew in 2000. The guy who got the album added to the book only did it because it reminds him of the time he got to cop a titty grab off a girl on the verge of an ecstasy coma at an EDM festival and he's probably named Gareth or Willem.

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Generic.

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Very long album and its not my vibe at all. I think it was just before my time and just a little below interesting enough for me to be able to climb on board.

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Just a bunch of repetitive beats and hooks. Not very creative or interesting at all. There was one song (Rough Out Here I think? Can't even remember, that's how interchangeable these songs are) that had a moment or two that I liked, but this was just pointless all the way through. Could see some of these songs being appropriate at a crappy rave somewhere but that's the only thing that saves it from 1 star.

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How is it that all UK Garage all manages to sound the exact same?

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Having read the reviews, I was a bit worried. Ultimately, this grew on me. It is repetitive, but part of me feels like that's just the nature of the genre. Regardless, some tracks are really smooth and I'd put them on, not just for background music/study but also to relax. But for the most part, I was very "aware" of the fact that I was listening. I don't always get lost in an album, of course, but I usually don't have the opposite experience of being hyper-aware that I'm listening to an album intentionally. It felt weird. Anyway, this gets a 2. There were moments where I thought it would get a 3, but it's not quite there yet.

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the instrumentals are basically just a drum loop with some sound effects. Combine this with the fact that most of the vocals are just ad libs that are heavily editted its kind of a soulless album

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First album that I truly have never heard any songs from. It was fine.

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Dance music isn’t my thing. Inoffensive as it may be

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I had liked the drums but they basically used the same patterns with some variations for a lot of the songs. I’m sure it’s better in da club, but as an album it’s lacking.

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Very average sounding EDM. British bias of the list showing here. If this had come out in say 1990 vs 2000 it would be a little more impressive but I still don't think I'd feel it either way.

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Could this have any less variety track to track?

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Ok felt a bit dated overall

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I guess that it was decent, I thought a few of the songs were stand outs but overall this album didn't do it for me, 2.5/5

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It was ok. Not my thing.

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housw de maluco

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I have no idea how this is a "must listen to" album. It is very average at best. Never heard of this group, never heard of any of the songs. Maybe it gets better with time, but for me, it has to be a 1/5 for now.

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Thought it might reach the minimum of good mindless music to program to. It didn't. No bright spots. Didn't know when to end in the middle of the deluxe, but i had enough.

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This feels like royalty free music

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This genre is not for me

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It's a very rare occurrence for me to turn off albums early. Usually only happens with double albums that I need to adjust to. When I really need to prevent myself from going crazy, I come back to it later that day to give it another go. But I still just wanted to shut this off after just a few tracks. The tracks are so repetitive and boring. There are some sound effects I think are unique and are of some interest, but nothing significant and just shows the potential they could put in a decent album. It's just filler club music. Some things I like, such as the trippiness of "Bandelero Desperado" for some 30 second span in the middle and the catchiness of "Crazy Love" (which distracts from its repetition). It feels like a high schooler messing around with some electronic noises to sound cool, bringing in some guest singers to avoid people from focusing on the drawn-out sequences. The only reason I'd come back to this album is if I was desperate to steal generic club tracks. I would never want to listen to the whole thing from start to finish again. 2-Step/UK Garage is a shallow, one-dimensional genre that faded like overchewed gum, with this album proving that UK Garage is nothing more than a fad.

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I think my hatred of this album goes back to me not liking dance clubs. And probably even further back to high school dances. Either way, I think I would need drugs to enjoy it. File it in the trash bin. Highlight Track: "I see".

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Really don't understand what this is doing here. Because it's British?

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flemme c'est bon là oh ntm l'album de 2h

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C'est quoi c'est de la house ?

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Sounds like somebody had a demo version of Frooty Loops and went crazy with all the preloaded samples. Very boring

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Take a music style I'm not that interested in in the first place (electronic) and cross it with 90s era sounds R&B which I also don't like. And then make it worse, for most songs only record 30 seconds and then just loop it for 5 minutes. It's bullshit.

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