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Album Review

Chicane's debut album, Far From the Maddening Crowds, is an impressive tour de force of contemporary dance styles, proving that Nick Bracegirdle — the man that, for all intents and purposes, is Chicane — has mastered not only house-styled thumpers, but also spacious, near-ambient soundscapes. The album follows the loose concept of being a soundtrack for an average day, and it's appropriately cinematic, offering a variety of moods, tempos, and sounds, and the very fact that Bracegirdle is able to convey the subtle, shifting moods of a day makes Far From the Maddening Crowds a successful debut.

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Floating through time and space...

Some things in life get missed, the things you should have said, the thoughts you should have had, the looks you should have given, the time you should have taken. One thing you should not miss is listening to this album. I can only describe my journey, your's may be different. This album takes me away, evoking feelings of floating through time and space, where I can see everything clearly, and everything makes perfect sense. It is a feast for the ears and a relaxant for your troubled mind, forget the drugs, forget the drink, forget yourself, this album will sooth you more than a lovers lingering kiss. So take heed people, let go...

Close your eyes and let this album fill you.

Once more I'll break it down Track-By-Track Early. A great composition of pads and layers. **** Already There. Mixes from Early beautifully. Great guitars and pads, like the title of my review close your eyes and this track fill you. Offshore (Original). Mixes from Already There. Not as good as the '97 mix. This keeps the chillout going whilst the trance overtakes. Offshore was and still is an Ibizan classic. ***** Lost You Somewhere. One of Nick's greatest works. Beautiful pads, great keys and soothing vocals. Imagine this on vinyl. ***** From Blue To Green. Not the best track on the album. Good track in itself with chillout beats and good pads. Just doesn't seem to gel with the rest of the album. *** Sunstroke (Disco Citizens). Not sure why this has the same title. It sounds completely different from the Original mix. Still, no reason to complain. Awesome beats, bass and Rinsin' keys. ***** Leaving Town. Fantastic guitars, great pads but the beat doesn't seem to fit. Still you hardly notice it with the continuous guitar. **** Red Skies. This is Chicane's best piece. Thumpin' beats, awesome bass, and aywol keys. If you download one of Chicane's tracks, GET THIS! ***** Sunstroke (Original). Good vocals and pads but seems a little out of place with the rest of the album because the Disco Citizens mix is included. *** Offshore '97. This is the track Chicane deserves. With Power Circle beaming out the fine lyrics, and a wonderful beats to accompany it this is what Club music is. ***** The Drive Home. The track starts out with a great beat but this gets lost over the duration of the track. makes up for it with good pads and synths. **** Offshore 2007. No version is as good as the '97 mix, but its good to see that whilst Nick is focusing on Indie/Pop tunes on Somersault he managed to squeeze in more Dancey tunes on an old classic. Sounds like Chicane and very fresh. ***** Total *s ***** Better than Behind The Sun Worse than no other album Bear in mind, these are no reasons not to get out and get the 97 album and any singles that came from this aswell.


This is my number one album and always will be. It is one of those albums that you fall in love with the first time you hear it, and it just keeps getting is doing for me now even 10 years later! I wish Chicane would revert back to making music like this, he's proved he can do it in patches on his new album (which just doesnt have the longevity as this classic!) Buy it, you won't be let down, and the 2007 mix of offshore confirms Chicane as the godfather of the Summer trance sound....A superb album


Born: 28 February 1971 in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshi

Genre: Dance

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

Chicane is the group name for British trance musician and remixer Nick Bracegirdle, who first attracted attention under the name Disco Citizens with the Top 40 U.K. hit "Right Here Right Now" in 1995. Changing to Chicane, he reached the British Top 20 in late 1996 with "Offshore." He then enlisted Clannad's Maire Brennan for a remake of the Clannad hit "The Theme From Harry's Game" under the title "Saltwater," which reached the U.K. Top Ten and became an international hit. The first Chicane album,...
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