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When I Was Born For The 7th Time

Cornershop

1997

When I Was Born For The 7th Time

Album Summary

When I Was Born for the 7th Time is the third studio album by the British indie rock band Cornershop, released on 8 September 1997 by Wiiija. The album received high acclaim from music critics and features the international hit single "Brimful of Asha".

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Rating

2.95

Votes

4635

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Thu Oct 08 2020
1

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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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Funky times are indeed here again, though reconditioned in that distinctly Britpop way that sounds like listening to vinyl through Craig David headphones in a bedroom covered in posters of 60's bands. But for once the nostalgia trip is reinvigorated with purpose. Or at least with personality, which is purpose enough. The playfulness between live and sampled music, and between verbal and non-verbal communication, brings the everyday oddball at the helm to life, even when he's only talking through his record collection.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

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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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

Nah. Liked the first two, then it just fell off for me and didn’t find anything substantial the rest of the album. 2/5

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Thu May 06 2021
5

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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Mon Feb 15 2021
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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Mon Jun 28 2021
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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Thu May 20 2021
4

Chicken korma for the soul

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I only know the Fatboy Slim remix of \"Brimful of Asha\", which is an absolute banger and one of the top singles of the 90s. I had tried listening to the album version before, and found it uninspiring compared to the more upbeat and energetic remix. So I was not expecting to enjoy this album much. And yet, I find it charming. I like the laid back funkiness of it all, the mixture of English and Punjabi singing, and the way that diverse elements are incorporated into a whole that feels consistent and integrated. I quite like the instrumentals (like Butter the Soul, It's Indian Tobacco My Friend, or State Troopers). Good to Be On the Road Back Home and We're in Your Corner are highlights for me. Could they have trimmed 10-12 minutes off this to make it a really tight 40-odd minutes? That would have suited me, but this is an album that isn't in a hurry so stretching out a little is OK. It doesn't outstay its welcome. Surprisingly enjoyable.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

When will the British realize that smothering things in borrowed Indian flavors doesn't make up for their own boring cuisine?

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

I heard the word cock in one of the songs and that snapped me awake in the middle of this strange-ass snoozefest that was probably procedurally generated by an AI. So damn weird. It's like seven different albums mashed into eachother.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

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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Fri May 07 2021
5

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

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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Indian Trip-hop, this is pretty goddam fantastic

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

Groovy punjab funky sounds.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

I've loved this album since the 90s

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Indian representation had a fleeting thing in the British music scene since the 60s yet hardly any Indians were making waves that could be considered equals to the groups that were poaching their sounds. That's were Cornership come in. Their 1997 masterstroke When I Was Born for the 7th Time sees them rise up to the now 60s fawning Britpop gauntlet and not only turn it on its head but give it new textures and shapes unmistakable in its originality. They cap it off with a faithful cover of a song that kickstarted the raga influenced craze of decades before. Hopefully people would familiarize themselves with this album when they get ahold of it, it's worth it. It'll make you feel born for the 7th time.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

quite good

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

LOVE IT, Brimful of Asha closing credits theme version

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Solid!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Loved this. Will revisit.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Netz

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

A really catchy album 😎

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Fri May 21 2021
4

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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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

A success!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Enjoyed this very fun!

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

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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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Really liked this

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Lowkey fire

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Good cover of Norwegian Wood. Fun. (3.7)

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Sun May 29 2022
4

97 grande ano

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

An album from my youth but one that I hadn't revisited for a very long time. I'm giving it a four, but mostly for the memories.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

I liked the mix of genres and song styles!

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

On the 45!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

I'm not entirely sure what I was listening to? But it was fun either way. I enjoyed the different song styles they'd weave into the album and it kept you guessing!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Was there a better single released in the 90’s than Brimful Of Asha? I fell in love with it on the very first listen. And I feel the same way about this album. From the opening moments (Sleep On The Left Side) when you hear something that sounds like a piano accordion but probably isn’t, the soundscape here is intriguing. As with the instrumental Butter The Soul, which sounds like somebody whistling while trying to tune a radio. Great to hear Ginsberg on When The Light Appears Boy (he died 6 months before this album was released). His life was greatly influenced by Indian culture. Really enjoyed the duet with Paula Fraser (Good To Be On The Road Back) & the rapping by Justin Warfield on Candyman. And for me the great thing about the version of Norwegian Wood is that it reminds me of the cheesy cover of that song by The Folkswingers (sitar & all). I love this album.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Now here's something really interesting, various flavours of Indian-English cultural fusion and cultural commentary, frequently funky and generally very chill. I recently got into Garaj Mahal (jazz-rock-funk-Indian fusion) and love them; I wonder if they'd cite Cornershop as influence. I enjoyed this album, though not as much as G.M. That said, I have already started looking into their other records, and I *might* come back to this one ahead of those. Solid 3.5 stars, maybe even 4?

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

A really excellent and varied album.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Hard to judge this album because it's so variable. But in the end the positive surprises are in majority.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Original and interesting, still sounds good to me.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

It's rare to hear something after 1990 that is wholly original and also enjoyable. I really liked this a lot, and need to listen to it some more. 4 stars.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Really liked this a lot! The instrumentals were awesome, and the vocals were pretty decent too. Interesting album all around. Favorite track: We're in Yr Corner

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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

Meh

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

Pretty Sweet Indian Music Influence

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Thu Dec 10 2020
3

Interesting listen

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Interesting blend of genres.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Some nice moments but also some sloppy ass scratching

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

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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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Sitar.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

false

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Yeah

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Pretty strange and not super memorable.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

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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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

High 3. Very strange as an album

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Wed May 12 2021
3

3/5

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

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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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

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

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Jesus the late 90’s were damn strange times

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

I’m a satisfied customer

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Alright but won't be listening again

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

false

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Mellow with an Indian vibe

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Sun May 02 2021
3

very enjoyable. nice mix of influences

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Origin of Brimful of asha Not much

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Fri May 07 2021
3

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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Fri May 14 2021
3

Ok - Fatboy Slim remix was better

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

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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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

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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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Listened to the whole thing

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Interesting

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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

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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

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

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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

Ganz cool, aber mir etwas zu abgespacet

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Not bad…knew one song

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

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

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

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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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

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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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Так, что тут у нас? Индусское поле экспериментов, совмещение жанров. В целом, индийскую этнику как музыкальное направление считаю довольно интересной. К ней присовокуплены роцк и электронщина. В принципе, тоже явления более, чем уважабельные. По итогу выходит балдёж? Да чёт хз. Есессно, как и существенной части экспериментальных альбомов, здесь не обошло без репетативного душилова. Больше первого, чем второго. Короткие повторяющиеся музыкальные фразы без особого развития, залупленные семплы… Скучно, раздражающе. Это характерно для инструментальных композиций на альбоме. Может, индийские эмигранты и воспринимают это с тем интересом, с которым я воспринимаю записи летовского проекта «Коммунизм». Но мне вот скипнуть хочется вот это вот всё. Неинструментальные же композиции местами весьма интересны. Первый трек будто задаёт альбому тот вектор, который я сформулировал в начале. Звук выходит интересным, но будто далеко не до конца реализованным, идеи – недоразвиты, в итоге трек не цепляет. Вопросов у меня нет разве что к Good to Be on the Road Back Home Again, пусть и этот трек немного скучноват, но звучит целостно, работает. Когда послу пары прослушиваний прочитал, что главным хитом альбома, да и всей дискографии коллектива является вроде бы проходной трек Brimful of Asha, поначалу удивился. Но сразу же обнаружил, что популярной стала версия, смиксованная Fatboy Slim. Для интереса чекнул… бля, я не думал, что ремиксы реально могут так сильно улучшить восприятие – версия Фэтбой Слима реально звучит как бэнгер, хоть изменений там не так много. У меня серьёзно мотив начал крутиться в голове пару дней. А когда вернулся к оригиналу – почувствовал, что он всё равно скучен. Наверное, если бы Фэтбой Слим весь альбом ремиксанул, тут была бы минимум крепкая четвёрка. Но имеем, что имеем: интересные идеи со звуком, пара неплохих треков с одной стороны и репетативное душилово с другой. Тройбан.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Indie. Un poco inclasificable .

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Good songs

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Jolly pleasant, but not really going anywhere.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

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

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Fun album, with an interesting sound

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Interesting but enjoyable

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

An interesting funky Indian-inspired mix

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

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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Mon May 02 2022
3

Lots of fusion.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Brimful of asha

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

This slipped under the radar first time round apart from the singles. It has its moments.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Очень оригинальное звучание. С ходу тяжело назвать принадлежность к жанру. Тут и рок, и психодел, и что-то вроде трип-хопа, и этнические мотивы. Материал впечатлил буквально в паре песен, поэтому 6 из 10.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Not bad, didn’t grab me, but enjoyed the listen

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

I only knew Brimful of Asha and love that song (although I love the fatboy slim remix more) so I was curious to see how the rest of the album played out. It was an interesting experience. It felt a bit disjointed to me and went through a variety of different genres and I love the Indian influence, but at the same time it felt bland. Something is missing here that would put this into a category which I would really enjoy. It just felt present. Like it always just stays in first gear or something. 2.5/5

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

The Indian influence over Cornershop’s music makes it fun n wonky, however I feel like they could’ve done more with this album based on the skills they’ve shown

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

A 90s indie album with an eclectic mix of influences, from folk, to electronic, to Indian instrumentation. Brimful of Asha is a 90s classic and is the stand out track, but the rest of the album stands up and flows nicely, which is impressive given how varied it is. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Brimful of Asha Date listened: 11/08/22

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Tue Aug 23 2022
3

never heard of this group. it was certainly different and not a bad listen.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Really liked some of it, the rest not very much. Mixed bag for me.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Somewhat chaotic but collected. A total genre mash-up that reminds me of Beck during the same era. Will definitely return to this album to give it more thought.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Never heard it. Some cool sounds but a bit repetitive. I guess Brimful of Asha is the standout track of this album, but I found it a bit repetitive. I do like the creative instrumentation with horns and sitar on some tracks. For me - We're in your corner is a 4 star standout, despite my suspicion that they're butchering whatever language they're speaking. A lot of filler on this album in general though. 3 stars because of some good tracks

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Very middle of the road for me, and overstays it's welcome as well. Low 3.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I enjoyed that!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Pleasant. Given that we have to have 1001 albums for this list, not surprising this one makes it.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

This is like a weird precursor to Gorillaz, I dig it! A little hip-hop, a little rock, very chill stuff. Funk influences for sure. Love the Norwegian Wood cover at the end too!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

It's fine, but I'm not sure why it's on the list. Nothing you HAVE to hear here. Even albums (not all, but some) that I've rated lower, I can get why they're on the list. This one, not really. The single is fine.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

A little bit of everything on this record including a Beatles cover. It didn't live up to the promise of the main single but wasn't a bad listen.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Interesting mix of hip-hop, indian music, and western pop. I immediately recognised the hit Brimful of Asha when I heard it, but did not realise it was from Cornershop. Not bad.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Another album that I had not listened to for a long time. I was never into it but always liked the relaxed sound. The latter also means the record lacks some urgency: lost my attention during each spin today - despite some great songs.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

I love Brimful of Asha, that song is a solid gold certified one-hit wonder bop for the ages, but I've never listened to anything else from this band. It's about what I expected. Sleep On The Left Side was a good track. The rest was a bit too much genre-bending fusion style for me. Not digging the heavily electronic portions of the music. But damn, that Brimful of Asha is a fun song. I love it more with every listen.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

pleasantly inconsequential

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Groovy drums. I remember the single Brimful of Asha for that memorable lyric about everyone needing a Bosom. Not too many songs drop a "bosom" in there. Funky drum beats throughout, but my favourite was the cover of Norwegian Wood sung in a different dialect.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

Charming, laid back 90s indie, rich with Indian influences and a hint of the psychedelic. It's enjoyable and quite unique, which I respect. But it was a bit long. I lost interest long before it was over. Fave Songs: Good to Be on the Road Back Home, Brimful of Asha, Good Shit, We're in Yr Corner, Chocolat

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Some times there’s not enough time to write a review that says, “This album was alright.”

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

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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Tue May 18 2021
2

Can't say I was really feeling this.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

It’s ok.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Underwhelming

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

never heard of ‘em.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Ist halt kein Wutang - 2

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

muy repetitivas las canciones

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Ok

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Mediocre in every way.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

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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Fri May 07 2021
2

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

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Mon May 10 2021
2

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

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

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Sat Aug 14 2021
2

Kann ich nix mit anfangen. Einzelne Lichtblicke

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Sun Aug 22 2021
2

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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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

пхххх, смешно, конечно, но идите нахуй

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

Nah. Generic and nothing entertaining about it.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

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

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Mehr.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

weird mix of white people indie and Indian music

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

nice to listen to, a little boring

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

Not the best

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

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

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Mon Apr 04 2022
2

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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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

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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Thu May 12 2022
2

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

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Thu May 12 2022
2

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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Tue May 31 2022
2

Never heard of this band before and I really don't feel like I missed out on anything. Parts of the album are fine and chill but unspectacular and other parts are unpleasantly weird and annoying. The instrumental parts in particular are unbearable.

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