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Sincere

Mj Cole

2000

Sincere

Album Summary

Sincere is the debut studio album by English musician MJ Cole. It was released in December 2000 under the Talkin' Loud label. The album reached number 14 in the UK Albums Chart in August 2001. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.49

Votes

3575

Genres

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

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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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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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I hate this. Zero vibes.

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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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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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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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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 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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Boots and cats

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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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I'll take your Dubstep, I'll take your Grime but UK Garage is generally just a bit too polished, a little too bling for me. I mean look at that album cover. So this wouldn't have been my choice to go out gurning to in the Noughties but on this run through I did quite enjoy it as background music while I worked.

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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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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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5

I love this entire album, and I would like to own it on vinyl.

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first time actually getting an album i've not heard or heard of

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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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Would listen to this again. Bit eclectic but I enjoyed it quite a bit

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

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Pretty cool house album.

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

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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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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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4.5 if I could, like it a lot!

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I understand why it is called garage music. Is good to listen to though

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This was real nice.

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Enjoyed this a lot.

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I really liked this.

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Odma da komentiram da je cover čisto sranje, fucking 'ell. This albums fucks tho, mislim da kad bi se ovako pustio bilo gdje, pasao bi, pogotovo onak negdje u beach baru il šta ja znam, na otvorenom, lagano đuskanje. Sviđa mi se.

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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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Not what I expected

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yeah it was fine

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A nice enough album. It launched UK Garage apparently, though I don’t think UK Garage got played much in the clubs on this side of the pond, but what do I know, I’m 62. As I’m sure I’ve said before this type of music not well-suited for the LP format, it’s all about the singles, but I think you could say that about a lot of 60s albums as well.

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Very Dimitri from Paris.

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Did not know this album in advance. It sounded quite dated, usually I am fine with that and also in this case.. ..it is certainly an album I would not mind listening to again (it sounds great, especially over headphones). On the other hand, it can easily be replaced by any other solid dance/house UK album from that period. So, hard to see why it is included on the list.

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Enjoyed it

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3/5 okeyish, but ultimately no.

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ENTER With the 2 step crew flibbi dibbi dibbi you know what to do not nigel on the 1 2s i should well be a garage MC. i was hoping for a guilty pleasure album but it was just a bit meh. however it was surprisingly easy to listen to.

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Lekkere beat. Vooral mooi die combinatie met de piano, wat dan weer dat klassieke randje aan het geheel geeft. Ik houdt er wel van. Lekkere zang ook. ***

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Eh, I didn't like UK garage at the time, and this hasn't converted me. At least it didn't actively piss me off, which some of the genre definitely did back in the day. Fave track - "Rough Out Here", but maybe that's cheating as it's a straight ahead soul track, not very garagey. "Slum King" sound amusingly like it could come from "People Just Do Nothing" 😆

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Nope

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Important: seek out the album proper and ignore the additional mixes tacked on the end of the collection after about track 16 (free my mind). Inoffensive and very well produced UK Garage. Quite mellow. Excellent singing by Elisabeth Troy. I am surprised to say i like this. Sincere (the song) is well known and a club classic. Definitely a 3, but although early UK Garage and influential, probably not a 4. Enjoyable enough.

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Some really good tracks, some howlers.

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Genre: 2-Step 3/5 Well, go figure, another white DJ trying his best to insert himself into the culture a la David Holmes. This time, though, it's done with a bit more class, and a lot better production and songwriting. 2-Step, somewhat of a continuation of the UK garage and house music fads that swept the 90s, is part-techno, part-hip hop/neo soul. Plenty of talented vocalists, all lesser known in the broad world of music, lay down some decent performances over what are essentially more ambient, more thought-out breakbeat tracks. The title track, Sincere, was a moody, sensual track with some neat vocal sampling and good arrangements and production. Attitude was another interesting song early in the setlist that piqued my interest, but lasted a little longer than necessary. A lot of the tracks on here, enough to run for a 67-minute span, are somewhat stale representations of a genre that sounds like it has ample room for experimentation. Others are just blatant trip-hop ripoffs that sound stolen from old Massive Attack projects. A bit stale as a whole, but not bad, fairly inoffensive, and easy to listen to.

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First 4 tracks I was "WTF?" but it really kicked in after that. Brave move putting out a 2 hour album, but it worked.

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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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2000. Crazy Love

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Garage just isn't for me really. I get the appeal and it was a relatively enjoyable listen, though a bit on the long side, but just not my jam

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Hvað þessi plata er að gera þarna á listanum veit ég ekki. Ekki beint leiðinlegt en frekar einhæft. Danny Vicious sínu leiðinlegri í rappinu en Elizabeth Troy í söngnum, en allt fer þetta inn um annað út um hitt.

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Again not the sort of music I listen to normally but it’s fine. The 2 big singles stand out maybe due to familiarity, but not so,etching I’d chose to listen to

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Bad. Boring. House music probably shouldn't be on this list.

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Nothing special. Skipped quite a few songs

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I can imagine enjoying this if played very loud while in a substance induced state of cheerfulness that, to the naked eye, appeared to be melancholy. Since I'm never in that state, I have to consider my actual enjoyment level and it is far lower than my hypothetical enjoyment level. The reality is that the high pitched vocals stay in that lane for too long and make me worry that actual melancholy might occur if I don't turn the darn thing off. The dub stuff is fun though

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Perfectly serviceable 2-step garage background music. Not particularly remarkable or worth a place on this list, more suited to a 2000s wine bar that was trying to be hip. Full disclosure: I didn't feel like I needed to listen to disc two. If something amazing happened on that, please can someone let me know?

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Not really in the mood for this one

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Rather boring dance muzak.

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Might deserve a three, but there is over two hours of this?I got through about 35 seconds total on four different songs. Had enough. Once again, who the fuck put this on the list???

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Bien aime en machant hehe mais lestyle est pas trop pour moi. 2.95

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My, my what do we have here? Makes me feel like a virgin princess being aggressively gang raped in the shower. Each song rips me open just a little bit more. The scars will never heal. The tears will never dry.

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This is not my style, so the number of stars has nothing to do with the quality but has everything to do with how much this album resonated with me.

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Dance music isn’t my thing

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Not for me really. Some of the songs are ok at best.

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EDM album out of the UK Garage scene. Beats are uniquely jittery and almost erratic, creating an interesting foundation for the smooth padded synths and jazzy samples. This is all layered over some lovely vocals, many of which are lent by Elizabeth Troy. I am not a fan of the UK Garage scene. I find it to be clunky and somewhat abrasive in how it handles the beats, which is usually the crux of the genre.

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Ça s’écoute bien en travaillant. Intéressant, mais trop long. Il y a de belles trouvailles, mais il y a aussi une genre de recette qui rend les tounes prévisibles.

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Yeah nah. Background music for people who don't really care about music.

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I got tired of this halfway through.

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It had it's moments, but it didn't capture my attention. With the little that I know about electronic music, this seemed a tad boring and generic sounding. Really not much for me to enjoy, move on...

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This does not hit a boring bland generic electronic album that was not worth my time 🙄

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Crazy Love is okay, the rest is absolute balls.

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Not for me

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Not my type of music and I sort of thought it was all over the place. That 2000 era beat was driving me crazy.

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Tja. Ich kann mir vorstellen, warum sich Leute das gerade anhören. Ich kann‘s mir allerdings größtenteils nicht anhören. Grundsätzlich ist gegen eine derartig heterogene Platte nichts einzuwenden, für mich sind daher aber nur sehr wenige Lichtblicke darauf.

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Not my jam.

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I like the idea, but i could not connect with this. There's a lot of effort that goes into creating music like this, I get that, but this ends up grating to me. Repetitive and mostly the vocals are ... not good at all. actually I think I'd probably have boosted this a full star if it were all instrumental.... (although some of the repetition is jarring). I just don't like it and wouldn't listen again. 3/10 2 stars

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the voice was just incredibly obnoxious and there was potential but it didn’t reach it…

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A bit inconsistent and yet redundant at the same time. Songs are all over the place. Not a must listen, but I guess it's ok as a UK garage token album. Best tracks: Rough Out Here and Slum King

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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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Sunday afternoon R&B for people who don’t want to listen to anything outside their comfort zone. Hypocritical perhaps, but meh!

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Not a fan.

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CRAP

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This is elevator music hell. Do people actually like this crap? It's boring enough to put you to sleep, but just irritating enough to keep you awake. This actually scores zero stars.

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Another album that really makes me wonder what drugs the Authors of 1001 were on when they included this Yeah I get that it ushered in the Brit Garage genre, but thank Gawd that execrable genre had a relatively short life. This is a boring album.

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I couldn't do it.

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Dance and electric that is NOT for me. Usually I can ignore this stuff or put it on in the background and somewhat enjoy, but something hit me weird with this and it put me on edge. Nope.

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Not really for me.

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Ughh This wasn't good at all.. Crazy love was the only song I made it all the way through.

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The toast sandwich of music

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My ears just threw up

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Deserves to be forgotten.

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Música lounge para un bar de medio pelo

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05/05/2022 lmao, what? Over 2 hours of repetitive noise. Absolutely not for me.

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Je connais maintenant le UK garage. La pochette ne m’inspirait pas du tout. C’est finalement moins pire que je pensais. Il y a certains bons éléments, certains bons beats, mais à part une musique de fond, ce n’est pas vraiment mon bag. Et c’est vraiment trop long.

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Meh

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Perfect for fans of vanilla ice cream, How I Met Your Mother, generic drugs, well liquor, and overall boredom in general.

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My first failure. I may return to be a completionist but I can't suffer through 2 hours of the same house beat in one sitting. So redundant.

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So irritating I only listened to the first 7 or 8 tracks.

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Shite

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Boring

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No me gusta

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