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Album Review

Groove Armada wizard Andy Cato finds an appealing match for this project in Rachel Foster, who broadens the disembodied aesthetic of trip-hop vocals with a throaty, suggestive sensuousness. Cato creates a noir ambience; Foster, whose background includes theater performance, projects herself into it with no apparent effort. Her gifts are most evident where the instrumental tracks are simplest, as on "Angel," or in settings fashioned specifically to show her off through subtle vocal processing and arrangement, such as "Into the Sun." Throughout Pursuit of Happiness, Foster comes across as a less strident, more seductive Annie Lennox — exactly the right complement for Cato's precise technique, sleek pads, and breezy beats. On the standout track, "I'll Be There," he lays a 4/4 melody across an accompaniment drawn from "Electric Counterpoint" by the minimalist composer Steve Reich; the result is a polyrhythmic interplay whose heat animates Foster's cool delivery, and from concept to execution it's a textbook lesson for excellence within this genre. Remixes of "I'll Be There" and "Into the Sun" end the album on a slightly anticlimactic note. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Perfect album for those lazy days

Andy Cato, from Groove Armada, decided to do a side-project and it became one of my favourite albums. Some beautiful chilled out songs, and a couple of uptempo tracks too. great for those Sunday afternoons...

Biography

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

Jazz-pop chanteuse Rachel Foster was working with the vocal group Shod Collective in her native Nottingham, England, in the late '90s when she befriended producer Andy Cato. Cato, one-half of Groove Armada, was impressed by Foster's warm presentation, so they immediately connected for a musical jaunt of their own. The Weekend Players are a sultry mix of...
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