12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the hands of Tricky, Portishead, and Massive Attack, trip-hop earned a reputation for being dark, even claustrophobic. On their second album, though, Morcheeba preserved the style's sedate tempos and sultry atmospheres while opening up a world of warmth and color. Hip-hop beats and turntable scratches are fleshed out with acoustic guitars, country blues, a splash of reggae, and even sitar, while singer Skye Edwards holds the spotlight with her hushed, soulful delivery. As the cover art underscores, it's best heard in a horizontal position.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the hands of Tricky, Portishead, and Massive Attack, trip-hop earned a reputation for being dark, even claustrophobic. On their second album, though, Morcheeba preserved the style's sedate tempos and sultry atmospheres while opening up a world of warmth and color. Hip-hop beats and turntable scratches are fleshed out with acoustic guitars, country blues, a splash of reggae, and even sitar, while singer Skye Edwards holds the spotlight with her hushed, soulful delivery. As the cover art underscores, it's best heard in a horizontal position.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings
Exilio ,

One of the original trip-hop albums.

1998 served as the emergence of trip-hop, and Morcheeba, along with Everything But The Girl, Portishead and Massive Attack lead the way. This album was chill before chill became a genre. Do yourself a favor, buy the album, pour yourself a drink, and slide onto a comfy couch while you listen to Skye Edwards flow into your sub-conscious. Yes. it's THAT good.

CaveDweller1 ,

Not just a genre success..

This is a finely crafted and heartfelt musical work. The recording is clear and not sonically overwhelmed by the bottom end (like many of Moorcheeba's contemporaries). Strings slide in and out with synths, vocals, electric guitars and drum machines in a fashion that really must have been revelatory when Big Calm was first released. Today, 16 years later, it has stood the test of time. Not just a reinvention of hip hop but a truly successful fusion of the new with the old and the untried. Wonderful work, highly recommended.

FlyIvan ,

Big Calm

Simply it never gets old. Awesome overall abum

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