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In the half decade since When I Was Born For The 7th Time, Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayers seem to have taken in even more influences and flavors, which they waste no time reverse engineering and re-creating. The dance club vibe is heavy as ever here: in pure disco form, complete with pulsating bass lines, strings, and laser beam synths (“People Power,” “The London Radar”); in a global mash stew (India meets Africa on “Sounds Super Recordings,” Bhangra joy lights up a hippie commune on “Spectral Mornings”); and with an affectionate nod to rock ’n’ roll (“Lessons Learned from Rocky I to III” is topped off with a ‘70s boogie-rock guitar glaze). Just as “Brimful of Asha” confounded with its mysterious title/refrain, the tongue-twisting “Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform” rides atop a similarly undulant groove and singing along is mandatory, though you may wonder what the heck you’re singing about. Throw in the dub spice of “Motion the 11,” the vintage soul-funk of “Wogs Will Walk,” and the perfectly balanced, Cornershop mash that is “Heavy Soup,” and you’ve got heaven on a dance floor.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant

I believe this is one of the most underrated and underplayed bands of all time. Genius. Ahead of their time.

A great party album

Great pop songs made of many genres scrambled together originally. Hip and funny. Beck fans might like Cornershop. Try "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform", "Wogs Will Walk" and "Slip the Drummer One".

Good, but not very...

This is an okay album. Hopes were high, so I was rather disappointed, after 1997's brilliant When I Was Born For The 7th Time. Five years between releases is surely a bad sign, and this ends up sounding like outtakes and B-Sides from a few albums that should have been released in the interim, but weren't. But perhaps we can hope for a worthy sequel to The 7th Time in the future!

Biography

Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

It may have taken Cornershop a few years to perfect their innovative hybrid of Indian music, British indie rock, and contemporary dance, but with the release of a third full-length album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time, the group's multicultural fusions made it an instant critics' darling. Taking their name from a common stereotype of Indians in England -- that they all own small, corner grocery shops -- Cornershop were formed by singer/songwriter, guitarist, and dholki player Tjinder Singh and...
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