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When I Was Born For The 7th Time

Cornershop

1997

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When I Was Born For The 7th Time

Rating

2.96

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3250

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Je me souviens très bien du jour de la sortie de cet album. J'avais à l'époque deux mois passés et profitais pleinement d'une vie qui totalement dépourvue d'eltrapeze, mon compagnon d'écoute, qui ne naîtra que plus tard.

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So bland. This is folk rock at its worst -- toneless guitar playing pentatonics, 2 chord songs, emotionless singing. Okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh, but it's not my cup of tea and I'm not really finding anything redeeming.

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This one came out of nowhere and surprised me. It's a british indie rock band. The two founding members are brothers, and are indian. Their music fuses rock, electronica, and indian music to make a sort of amazing blend. I really liked this one

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5

Very good album. Expected to only enjoy brimful of asha but, some very eclectic songs, great variety of sounds and rhythms mixing electronic, bass and Indian instruments to great effect.

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5

This was a really interesting Brit Pop album. Seems to epitomize what Brit Pop was all about, experimentation and making poppy Beatle inflected rock, it also added a hearty serving of the break beat stuff that was getting popular in the 90s in the UK. When it started I was like, “holy shit, the 45 song” but this album was much more. Loved the Indian lyrics and Indian tunes peppered in. This seems representative of the Indian diaspora in London. Where did this band go? Chill sounds, good break beat, classic Indy, multi-genre, even a song that sounded like Devo. And most of all, solid drumming throughout. Great album, multi-genre, experimental, solid, lots of variety, every song was good. Can’t ask for much more. Albums like this are why I’m listening to 1001!

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Chicken korma for the soul

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Pretty diverse and funky world music, but i don't really love anything here. Brimful was a song i really didn't like in the late 90's and though it may be the catchiest song on this album, i'm still not a fan.

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this was so cool and random. each song was completely different and I really enjoyed the range of instrumental songs and the indian influence. awesome !

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An insanely original and timeless sound, blew me the fuck away

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5

Absolutely no clue what I was in for. When the accordion on “Sleep On The Left Side” started I had a pretty good feeling this was going to work out fine. Might this be love at first listen? As “Brimful of Asha” opened I knew this was special. Love this song even though I’m not entirely sure what a Brimful of Asha is. Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow? Hell yeah! The songs get even stranger and more wonderful. “Bitter The Soul” and “Chocolate” are utterly delicious. What colorful, trippy world have I stumbled into? “Funky Days Are Back Again”? I'm ready for a pair of dungaree cords! Turkey gravy? “What Is Happening”?! (Little surprises around every corner but nothing dangerous…don’t be alarmed.) “Good Shit” more than lives up to its name. “Good To Be On the Road Back Home”… how did this country song slide right in so naturally with the rest of the album?! Really love it. They end with an incredible cover of “Norwegian Wood” and totally stuck the landing. From the opening notes to the end this was a transformative listening experience that I will come back to again and again. I feel so much better for having experienced this.

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I've never heard of 'em. I'm goin' in! All right! You wanna win me over quickly? Gimme accordion right from the jump! Or is it a harmonium? Either way, I am totally on board. Next song is the "everybody needs a bosom for a pillow" song! I know this one! (After looking it up, I know the Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) remix.) Yes! Love it! Love the trippy groove of We're in Yr Corner and the silliness of Funky Days are Back Again. Appreciate the reminder that, "Good shit's all around, good people." Definitely will listen to this one again and am already looking into their other albums, starting with Judy Sucks on a Lemon for Breakfast, which...is that a clarinet on the title track? Swoon!

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I walked into work this morning with a huge grin on my face after listening to this on my commute. This is what I've been waiting for. It started with an accordion! "Sleep on the Left Side" hooked me right in. "Brimful of Asha" had slipped away from my consciousness in the last 20 years, but was a joyful reunion. Bosom is the best word! The rest is lovely, interesting, fun, and begs to be listened to again and again. Allen Ginsberg!?! Wow! "Good Shit" needs to be my aspirational theme. And I loved the perfect Punjabi "Norwegian Wood." Happy happy!

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Brim full of Asher has a very solid solid place in my heart so I feel a loyalty to cornershop. I am very glad I got an opportunity to hear some of their other stuff properly. I did see them at the Godiva once and they were great but didn't get to properly appreciate the songs. Enjoyed a lot

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Indian Trip-hop, this is pretty goddam fantastic

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Groovy punjab funky sounds.

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I can honestly say I have never heard anything like this. Such a unique and creative album, and the eclectic mix of styles actually works pretty well.

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Solid!

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Cool album that I hadn't heard before. Bit disjointed switching between the more typical 90s electronic (albeit with the Indian influence), and some classic indie pop tunes like Brimful of Asha. Still, I enjoyed this one.

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i really enjoyed this album, it was a 90's brit band i had never heard of, with some insanely chill beats to game to, and found myself adding some songs to work playlists

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Loved this. Will revisit.

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Great 90s rock. Brimful of Asha is a great song.

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Had no idea about this album. It was very hit-or-miss, but overall enjoyable!

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Netz

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kurwa dzień dobry, zajebisty indie rock ten album brzmi jakby THE SMITHS i THE JESUS AND THE MARY CHAIN mieli dziecko I to dziecko po separacji rodzicielskiej wychowywało się z wujkiem GEORGEM HARRISONEM bo czuć tam indyjskie instrumenty etniczne

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Meer dan twintig jaar geleden heb ik Cornershop gezien op een festival. Het heeft toen niet echt indruk gemaakt. Nu vond ik het erg leuk. Gevarieerd met Oosterse invloeden.

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Without a doubt, one of the most delightful experiences grilling chicken thighs. We grill chicken thighs in bulk, sometimes up to a dozen at a time, and save them for convenient eating throughout the week. You can do a lot with pre-grilled chicken thighs. Spice em up. Roll em in a tortilla. Cube em and salad em. Gyro em. Curry em. Consistent, tasty opportunities to easily blend diverse influences onto a protein with mass appeal. Floats on through the body and comes out clean. A-

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interesting and eclectic 90s rock. funky rock mixed with music from the subcontinent. felt like it drug a bit in the middle but the beginning and ending were memorable

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Sleep on the Left Side! Conhecia 3 musicas desse album e nao fazia ideia de quem eram esses caras.

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A really catchy album 😎

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Wicked. So much late-90s sample heavy goodness. After only knowing the Norman Cook remix of Brimful of Asha this was an awesome and welcome surprise.

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Zanie work out stoners. Pretty enjoyable listen, nice one to get spaced out to

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Pretty neat... uhm, I dunno what to call it really, but it's good!

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Dig the chill down tempo vibe. Unique and very friendly/comfy sound.

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I liked this, it's strange and goofy in all the right ways. I like the richness of his voice, it reminds me of Robert Pollard. A couple duds on the album but overall strong, and turned me on to a band I didn't know anything about before.

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Eat your hearts out, British impresarios: Here's how to actually-pleasantly combine "world"-or-what-have-you with British pop. It comes at the expense of textural depth at the front, and Singh's voice is so laid-back that it's impossible to hear it as punk. However, there's clear layering in the rhythm, clearest on the instrumental tracks: Hip-hop that's danceable and works with guitar music is hard to integrate, but it fits here without sounding at all forced. Funky. There are quite a few spots that I think would be improved by more dynamic recording or more interesting sequencing, but the toe-tapping and sheer density of music (with a taste of country, even!) convinced me of my opinion. I had already bookmarked several more of the band's recordings.

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A success!

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I love this! It's an extremely unique, trippy, and creative album!

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Great album. I really like Cornershop. Often seen as a one hit wonder but they have such an individual sound and still bashing out great albums today

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Enjoyed this very fun!

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The album of the day the day my mother passed away. Pretty chill vibes & groove overall.

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The only thing that let this album down was the main single, Brimful of Asha getting treated like a novelty song after the Norman Cook remix. The album is full or really interesting sound excursions, sitting somewhere inbetween an indie, big beat and Trip Hop while having its own unique sound. I remember finding the album really refreshing in the post Britpop malaise

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Late 90's indie rock - jangly guitars, muddy hip hop style beats. Maybe a few too many instrumentals slow the album down however, like everyone's local cornershop, it's well worth checking out. Best Tracks: Sleep on the Left Side; Brimful of Asha; Funky Days are Back Again

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Really liked this

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Really interesting album that blends a lot of interesting elements. Looking forward to exploring more of this artist's work.

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This is a fine album mixing really great pop songs; Brimful of Asha, Sleep on the Left Side and Good to Be on the Road Back Home, in a really fluid listen. I really like their integration of Hindi language lyrics, gives it an qir of the exotic. Great stuff 4 🌟

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Lowkey fire

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I was really expecting not to like this album but, surprise surprise, it was actually really enjoyable. Brimful of Asha was great of course. Some of it was a bit weird and seemed like filler, and maybe it went on a little too long, but overall an enjoyable listen!

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Good cover of Norwegian Wood. Fun. (3.7)

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A bit overlong, but still an interesting album. It has more in common with Beastie Boys/Money Mark than their Britpop neighbours.

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Meh

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Pretty Sweet Indian Music Influence

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Interesting listen

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Interesting blend of genres.

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Some nice moments but also some sloppy ass scratching

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This record starts off super strong, when it stays in a worldly indie rock lane that to me sounds like a proto Gorillaz. The album loses focus over time though, and while I wouldn't call it bad, I don't think it ever matches that opening stretch ever again.

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Sitar.

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Interesting without being super engaging. Some of the sound effects were cool--others were a bit annoying. I like the variety of it.

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false

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Highlights: -Brimful of Asha -Funky Days are Back Again -Norwegian Wood

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I've tried getting into this album a couple of times, and I've come to the conclusion that, for me, this is a more interesting album anthropologically than musically--or at least it is (as an America) out of the context of where and when it was made, and by whom.

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chill vibes. i like the punjabi influence. 3.5/5

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Very cool Indian Indie sound, kinda like Talvin Singh blended with Thievery Corporation. I can see this album being very influential in Raga Rock

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Yeah

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Pretty strange and not super memorable.

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Indian and classic rock influences. Worth another listen but not life-changing for me, but maybe I was distracted while i listened

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I was unfamiliar with them except for Brimful of Asha. I like the overall sound but I think the singer’s voice is limiting, he tends to speak more than sing in ENGLISH. He seems to have a great voice when singing in Punjabi (?). The addition of Paula Frazer as vocalist on track 11 really enhanced the sound and, though I’m not a fan of covers, for the reasons stated yesterday by JohnyBGood, I liked the Beatles cover. If you were to compare these guys to Thievery Corporation who have a similar international style but who are far superior in many ways, TC wisely bring in guest vocalists to fill out their overall sound. TC are not on 1001, BTW, possibly because it’s an uphill battle for an American band playing this type of music to get recognition.

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High 3. Very strange as an album

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3/5

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some cool stuff and some interesting electronic sounds but none of it really planned out in a satisfying way

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Leuke plaat! De eerste twee nummers zijn de bekende singles en erg leuk, maar de rest (minus het gefrohbel en gepiel tussen sommige nummers door) is ook tof.

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This album certainly starts strong.  Writing the  words "on the 45"  into the chorus makes it obvious that they wanted ``Brimful of Asha'' to be a hit single. It's a very catchy tune. I actually looked up the chords and might try to play it one of these days.  After the first few songs  the album falls into a dearth of filler. It's kinda cool that Allen Ginsberg's poetry recital is on this - silly me but I would have given good odds that he was dead by then. RIP. Things do pick up again after Ginsberg. "Good to be on the road back home again"  is quite good.  Paula Frazer's vocals really add something special to that one. I'm sure there's a good story behind how she met these guys. We fall back to filler again with Indian Tobacco. I  like the rap on Candyman. Not sure if it's just me, but I thought if you wrote the lyrics you could always figure out how to rap them yourself. You don't need a black belt in Pavarotti  to rap. I must be wrong since Tjinder outsourced the rap duties. I wonder if Paula Frazer introduced them to the MC,  lol. The album ends with a lovely cover version of John's classic Norwegian Wood. (Cover version allowed under Rule 5.) This album was 54 min. Back in the vinyl days when albums were typically not a lot over 42ish minutes, one had to be more careful with track selection. If we could eliminate 10 - 12 minutes of filler, this would be a 4 imho. It's a shame really.

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Fairly fun, but blended into the background quicker than I would have hoped

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Jesus the late 90’s were damn strange times

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I’m a satisfied customer

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Alright but won't be listening again

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false

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Mellow with an Indian vibe

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very enjoyable. nice mix of influences

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Origin of Brimful of asha Not much

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Some fun jams and an interesting blend of styles. Don't know how much it will stay with me but Candyman is a great song

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Ok - Fatboy Slim remix was better

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Not really my thing, but enjoyed some of the sounds off this record. Cool Eastern influences, fairly different - I didn't feel like the songs really sunk into a groove a lot of the time, but there were some stronger tracks too. Props to Cornershop for inventing Brimful of Asha so that Fatboy Slim could turn it into a certifiable banger

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1 - Quite constant. Keeps at its one note. Feels like modern music for tiktoks or whatever, cause the 90s are back. There are 2 chords. Very lo-fi, if that's the word I'm looking for. It's like montage music. Not really my cup of tea. Good music for listening to the radio in the car or whatever, not really for actively seeking to go and listen back because it was *that good*. 2 - significantly happier. This one is faster, still pretty basic main vocals, but it's not bad. 60s vibes. This one, imo is better than the one before.

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Listened to the whole thing

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Strong start, but overall it was good, not great.

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Interesting

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Very west-cost summer. Reminds me a bit of Sublime at times, but with more variance. Overall it’s fine.

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White enjoyable although I am a sucker for music with Asian undertones.

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Ganz cool, aber mir etwas zu abgespacet

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Not bad…knew one song

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Good album. Fun to listen to. I liked the international flavor of it. But overall didn’t really grab me.

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I feel like this album did things just for the sake of doing them. A cover of a Beatles song in a foreign language as the album closer? Sure, why not? 3/5

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Coming to this only having heard single it turned out to be varied, maybe overly so. There are several goods songs, the country fusion stands out, but a few that went over the edge making it disjointed.

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Interesting and funky, but too many expirimental/talk tracks to make the album a fun listen. 'Sleep on the Left Side,' 'Good Shit' and 'Good to be Back on the Road Home' worth pulling into playlist

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Conjunt de cançons amb influències hindi però amb un toc pop prodigiós, 'Brimful of Asha', 'We're in Yr Corner', 'Funky Days Are Here Again', 'Good to Be on the Road Back Home'... barrejades amb interludis instrumentals que no aporten gaire i alguns temes força menys ambiciosos

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Indie. Un poco inclasificable .

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Good songs

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There is a bass tone in "good shit" that sounds like a cell phone on vibrate and it gave me INSANE anxiety.

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I dig the groove on Brimful of Asha, but my goodness the lyrics are repetitive. I also like Good Shit and Sleep on the Left Side. Good to be on the Road Back Home is the highlight of the album when Paula Frazer is singing. Her voice just resonates pleasantly with me. I wish she were the lead singer on the whole album. I like the mix of electronica in with the rest of the instruments. The sitar is a bit overpowering and changes the feel of the album completely when present.

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This album is an eclectic mashup of several different genres. I was expecting the album to be similar to 'Brimful of Asha' (the only song I knew) but it's all over the place.

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Und da kennt man auch ein Lied! Ziemlich schräge Mischung mit diesem wiederkehrenden orientalischen Touch. Immer wieder mal nett, und dann wieder a ordentlicher anzipf...beste Nummern Brimful of Asha, Good Ships

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Turkey gravy. It was okay, but feels forgettable. Brimful of Asha on the album isn't the Fatboy Slim remix, which makes me think about the potential of what a remix of the full album could be?

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Jolly pleasant, but not really going anywhere.

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An enjoyable album, sweet groves and reflective lyrics. The great brimful of asha stands out but there is plenty in the rest of the album to enjoy.

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A fusion of eastern sounds, hip hop and pop/rock. Could have been a monster but it lacks truly great songs and arrangements. Also the singer is average. The highlights come early on (Brimful of Asha & especially Sleep on the Left side), after that it just gets a bit monotonous as the length of the tracks outlive their admittedly good hooks. Not a complete failure as it would possibly work better in a party rather than listening with close attention.

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Cool sounds, very well produced. The instrumental it's just great.

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Brimful of Asha is good. At times I get a bit of an Incubus vibe. It's not terrible, but I don't get what this brings that other bands do better.

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Teilweise ganz gut, aber einiges hätten sie wirklich rauslassen können.

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Fun album, with an interesting sound

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A nice enough blend of Punjabi sounds, Brit Pop, trip hop and hip hop but some of the tracks sound more like scraps of ideas than fully fleshed out tunes. Souls were sold when Fatboy Slim got involved with the Brimful of Asha remix but at least it brought the band some recognition and the original tune has an enjoyable blissed out vibe.

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Haven't heard of them, album cover doesn't help. Oh wait, Brimful of Asha sounds familiar. First two songs are strong, I then paused to go refresh my memory on the Fatboy Slim remix of Brimful of Asha, which really highlights how much a good ear and deep musical intuition can enhance the final product. Overall I like the ambition and I dig the trippy quirky vibe. I really enjoyed their rendition of Norwegian Wood. The album is pretty uneven, though, and as noted above, even the best song could have been substantially better. Compared to yesterday's album, Graceland, the "world" elements feel more authentic, but otherwise how is this album even on the same list? 3.5

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Interesting but enjoyable

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Some charming songs, but I had to cut Butter the Soul short because I couldn't take it. The rest of the album is a similar mix of songs that are quite nice and songs that are pretty annoying to listen to.

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This album was a weird mix. I liked some of the songs, but many were a bit experimental. I guess I didn't hate it.

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extrem messy album, komische intelrudes, das hip hop inspired zeug is strange, aber zt coole britische gitarrenmusik mit indischen einflüssen we’re in your corner brimful of asha sleep on the left side

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An interesting funky Indian-inspired mix

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Easy to listen to so far. Switched the style up, I like it. Not what I expected but I am enjoying it. Some talking parts that I'm not as interested in. I think he has a pretty average singing voice not exceptional but not bad and to me it adds to the appeal of their sound. Normal people doing a job and going home to be with loved ones.

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Lots of fusion.

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Before listening: ok, I'm gonna say this is electronic of some kind, UK sound-esque thing like Fatboy slim. Not too far off, has that dirty UK sound but it's more of an indie rock take on it. Not really my thing but we'll see how it goes. Ok, one of these songs was a huge hit, forgot it even existed though lol. aaaand it goes super Indian about halfway through, ugh. Doesn't really go anywhere, just exists. 2/5.

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Can't say I was really feeling this.

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5

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It’s ok.

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Underwhelming

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never heard of ‘em.

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Ist halt kein Wutang - 2

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Some good songs, but definitely sounds dated with all the scratching in the pop tunes.

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muy repetitivas las canciones

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Ok

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Mja, teveel van van alles en dan vaak net niet. Behalve dat hitje dan.

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Meh

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Mediocre in every way.

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This indie rock album was interesting to listen to. The music was a fun mix of rock, hip hop, and pop, and the lyrics were politically inspired by cultural events of the time. I probably wouldn't listen to this album again.

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Not really my thing but if you like laid back rock with Indian influences then these guys are it.

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Some cool spots but pretty boring overall. Kept checking to see if it was over.

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i just don’t really see how this was all that influential, and it was a rather obnoxious sound

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Kann ich nix mit anfangen. Einzelne Lichtblicke

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Alors que mes yeux s'attardaient sur le nom de cet album, je me mis à effectuer quelques recherches sur mon navigateur internet preferentiel: "est-il possible, et ce même avec toute la bonne volonté du monde, de naître plusieurs fois dans la même vie?" Ce à quoi Google me répondit "non c'est formellement impossible". Vous l'aurez compris cet album était un véritable supplice.

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пхххх, смешно, конечно, но идите нахуй

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Nah. Generic and nothing entertaining about it.

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Decent raga trip hop tracks with some catchy Britpop tunes. My favorite parts of these songs are how they incorporate raga using modern production methods. Funky, unique, and reminds me of vaporwave, but otherwise I'm not sure they really hold up well. The first track is alright. The second track, "Brimful of Asha," is dangerously catchy and will haunt me for the rest of my life. The rest of the more Britpop tracks are not very good. Overall, a good display of raga trip hop tunes and a catchy Britpop song or two but otherwise nothing spectacular.

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this one gets really umbearable as the album goes on, not really my cup of tea

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Mehr.

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Unsure how critics called this "cohesive" when it came out; to me it feels like multiple bands pushing songs of theirs into a playlist, sometimes during the same song. I enjoy a good few of these songs on their own, but as an album... I dunno.

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nice to listen to, a little boring

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Interesting album, only know one song from these guys (Brimfull of Asha). Didn't really hook me though.

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Not the best

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Album was not amazing. Felt like there was no consistent vibe to it and it switched from eastern type experimental music to songs that sounded like they were trying to sound like Beatles tracks to some just pure 90's tracks. Songs like Candyman and State Trooper I enjoyed but did not feel like they fit onto the album. My favorites on the record were: Brimful of Asha, Candyman, State Trooper, and Chocolat. Least favorites included Butter the Soul, When the Light Appears Boy, and Good Sh**. Overall a Strong 1 to Weak 2 out of 5.

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Some good tracks, a bit too instrumental and experimental for the most part

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This albums okay but to be fair there’s so many albums not on the original list that deserve to be on here more: Sleep on the left side is one of the better ones on the album it might not hit of first listen… but it will. This version of brimful of Asha is definitely the better one not that the Norman cook one is bad this one’s just better y know. The punjabi singing on we’re in your corner works really well and is a decent song and then ending with “ Ibm the coca cola motherfucker”. I’am not too huge on the beat for funky days are back again but it’s alright. When the light appears boy is strange but it’s entertaining in the context of this album. Other than brimful of Asha, good shit is the best here its just a really enjoyable song not much to say. Good to be on the road back home again is also good but i much prefer the female voice on here then the usual singers. I’am not much of a fan of rapping but so candyman isn’t really for me and the bits that aren’t rapping are just repetitive. There’s also a handful instrumental tracks some being really dull (chocolat, coming up and state troopers) and some are decent (like butter the soul (which reminds me of an Indian inspired version of linkin parks cure for an itch), what is happening And it’s Indian tobacco my friend). The album ends on a punjabi sung cover of the beatles Norwegian wood I think it’s great because Norwegian wood is a good song though and not that the band make it any better, anyway good closer!

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I didn't think much of it, it sounds so dated now just putting Indian bits in for the sake of it

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jeg likte sleep on the left side og (selvsagt) Brimful of Asha. Jeg hang ikke med på alt det indiske.

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Startet som generisk rock av middels spennende art. Etterhvert mye hare krishna-inspirert. Ubesluttsom gjeng. Var innom tungetale, froskelyder, rap og et overflødig Beatles-cover. Til tross for dette var den noen meget kule sekvenser som de får poeng for. Jeg kommer nok ikke til å ta dette videre, men er likevel en opplevelse rikere av å ha hørt det.

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Not into this one

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15 Songs. What are butter the soul and chocolat about? But then there's it's Indian tobacco my friend...

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Awful stuff, dull, forgettable and even their “best” song needed fatboy slim to remix it into something worth listening to

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All single paced and completely forgettable

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Really didn't enjoy apart from brimful of asha.

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I'd never heard of this band - missed them first time around apparently - which is kind of fun to have zero preconceived notions... Upon first (and only, to be fair) play it has sort of an immediate lo-fi reggae type beat which is definitely not my cup of tea.  "Brimful of Asha" was apparently the big hit and it is boring me to tears with its standard I-IV-V progression over and over and over and... etc etc.  It sounds like they wrote it in literal real-time. ...hmm...after careful analysis, i think what the singer is trying to tell us is that the funky days are back again and that everybody needs a bosom for a pillow.... /s ok I don't love to criticize acts that I either don't know much about or don't like the sub-genre but I gotta be honest with myself I was really really annoyed by this entire album; either with the mis-timed loops ("Butter the Soul") or in general - it sounds like guys got high and just giggled their way through assembling this album with loops, simple chord progressions, and repetitive lyrics. Just throwing in random samples of voices and scratches/beats isn't clever or remotely interesting for me, and it only sounds like pandering...like "aren't we cool? We're so modern and hip!" I'm not (necessarily) looking for a freaking Yes tune or even complexity. Technology is vital and co-opting it is important. But. You still have to write a damn song. At best boring boring boring and at worst annoying as shit. Hated it. 1/10 1 star

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Nope

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Awful stuff, dull, forgettable and even their “best” song needed fatboy slim to remix it into something worth listening to

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“When I Was Born for the 7th Time” by Cornershop (1997) The main problem with music on this album is that it is extraordinarily weak on the low end. There’s no bass guitar, and the foundations are only provided by the lower tones on a pump organ and electronic keyboards. Ray Manzarek of The Doors and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin can pull this off. Cornershop simply cannot. Droning sitar and tamboura seem inexpertly composed and inelegantly performed, but ask a suitable authority. The album is dominated by all-too-simple pop melodies and chord progressions, with dull repetitions and mostly mindless lyrics. Ravi Shankar would (should) be embarrassed by this awkward adulteration of south Asian music. “Butter the Soul” is a waste of time. “Funky Days Are Back Again” is anything but funky. For a good laugh, listen to Asian British singer Tjinder Singh put on a faux southern US accent to deliver the country tune “Good to Be on the Road Back Home”. Accompanying vocalist Paula Frazer apparently has no shame. And I literally howled at Cornershop’s Punjabi cover of the Lennon/McCartney “Norwegian Wood”. Pederast Allen Ginsberg provides some nice poetic recitation on “When the Light Appears Boy”, rendering the theme of The Village People’s “YMCA” with lyrical seriousness and musical silliness both at the same time. (The light, you see, is the inner spark of same-sex attraction shining forth from the toxic darkness of your heteronormativity, young man. It’s stealth homoevangelism.) I’m normally a fan of transcultural music, but this is affirmative action crap. I’ll check back after you guys are born the 8th time. 1/5

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Pretty awful. Not sure why it is in this list.

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Bad. Random noise.

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Not my cup of tea.

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In the early 2000s, you'd hear the term 'Eurotrash' a lot. I kinda liked that term, kind of like a badge of honor because most of the people using it had bad taste. It was similar to being called a Texan. Which, depending on your social circles was either an extreme insult, or badge of honor. [Though, Texans are the only people that would consider this a badge of honor]. Anyhow, after listening to this album, I'd like to introduce another term. 'Brit shit'. I don't use this term like, 'Yeah! That's the shit!,' but more of a 'Oh man, you stepped in shit ... and it's got bad teeth.' The music coming out of Cornershop is what happens when you create by committee. This music has no backbone, it's absolutely flaccid and that tambourine isn't helping. There's no coherence here. There are seven members in this band and the music presents like everyone is leading it. The abundance of samples and inclusion of unique noises gives me anxiety. Candyman, for example has some guy rapping against a sampled ukele, some gospel chorus and a muffled man talking gibberish in the background with some errant clapping. This cluttered instrumentation is all over this album. To come full circle I would categorize this album as Brit shit, and for reference here's what that means: Texans Cornershop Eurotrash

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bullshit

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Had to turn it off after a couple of songs as I found it very irritating.

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Chill record. This feels like it has the exact same influences as yesterdays album, "Beyond Skin" by Nitin Sawhney, but it's just not as good. Too stoney and boring. After the first two songs I thought it was very poppy, and imagined an indian version of the Verve, but it gets a bit more interesting as it moves on. Just not good. It has no vibe at all. Obviously I like "Norwegian Wood", but it's not their song so it doesen't count. 1

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Langweilige Kacka

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of skrýtið

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Oh boy... This record might have been hip in 1997 (although not even sure about that) but it has definitely not aged well. It seems like it was an experiment in mixing traditional south-east Asian music with indie rock and hip-hop, but it simply results in jarring genre shifts like some stitched together Frankenstein monster as opposed to a cohesive mix of musical styles. The record-scratch interludes combined with random vocal samples do not fit in here at all, and they get tiresome very quickly. And there's like an alt-country song in here?? What is happening Fav songs: Norwegian Wood

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Is this a test? Why is this album on this list? Who is the target audience? This album left me with lots of questions, and probably in the worst way possible. I am confused as to what this record is supposed to represent. It has no flow, no real direction, the lyrics are extremely basic and meaningless. It kind of sounds like their influenced by a combination of groups such as the Beastie Boys or Fatboy Slim. There are some additional sprinklings of eastern/Indian-inspired beats, but my god, they are not well implemented at all. This album was released too late to be considered groundbreaking in terms of any production styles or techniques. Every time a new track plays, I feel like I've switched to a completely new record, it's very jarring. Summed up, this album feels kitschy and avant-garde, and does not have the cohesiveness or flow that I can tell it is intended to have. Fave tracks: N/A

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