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an OK introduction

Kirsty's voice has been one of the most predominate vocalists within the electronic music scene, from her own work with the 90's electronic/pop group "Opus III" (who originally gave us "Fine Day"), to her more abstract work with Spooky and Swayzak, her voice can cary through the machinery and bring soul and warmth to any project she touches. It's too bad that the production behind the voice can't be as strong as her, and that is the biggest problem with some of the tracks here on this sudo-retrospective of her work. Nettwerk seems to be only concerned with the more generic, dance-y side of her collaborations here, with no attention payed to "State Of Grace" (with Swayzak) or even Hybrid & BT's "Running Down The Way Up", Instead we have Lange's huge trance/rave anthem "Sincere For You" and Tiësto's "Walking On Clouds" along with Tiësto's ATB impersonation on "Battleship Grey". And thats not the worst, the lead single Nettwerk has chosen for this collection, "Reach For Me", is a ghastly rock/pop song which is so horribly generic that it hurts me to listen to. But on the plus side, when partnered with an exceptional producer(s), her vocals shine even brighter and make up for the downside of "Meta-Message". James Holden's remix of "Fine Day" is a great, fresh interpretation of a classic song thats over a decade old now. The original version of "Just Be Me" (not to be confused with the re-make Tiësto did with her) is a nice float-y house track, but nothing compares to the production work of Mike Truman and Chris Healings (Hybrid) on "Blackout" and "All I Want". Those two tracks, along with "Beautiful Danger" (which is remixed by Future Funk Squad here) and Slovo's "Whisper" even out the low points of this compilation.... All in all, an OK introduction to Kirsty for people not familiar with her body of work, but for those of us looking for a deeper retrospective, we are left unsatisfied.

Kirsty Blows Me Away!

I have been listening to her music (though not having a name to go with the music) for years. I grew up with techno hits like "Fine Day" and have always enjoyed her music. This album has a great mix or not just techno music but also some pop as well. She's hot a beautiful singing voice, with a great variety of tunes. Truly a must buy for any trance/pop fan.

not solid - but the jewels are amazing

While I was hoping otherwise, the great tracks on Meta Message are so because of the efforts of her collaborators. The folk/pop songs definitely left me unimpressed. The dance and downtempo tracks are (mostly) brilliant. James Holden's take on "Fine Day" is subtle and minimalist. Though not at all a fan of Tiesto, his "Walking on Clouds" and especially "Battleship Grey" are standouts. Mike Truman dropped some serious Hybrid (deep, orchestral, bumping, brilliant!!) magic for "All I Want". Hybrid also produced the older "Blackout" as well. My favorite - besides "All I Want" - would have to be "Split" from the previously unknown (to me, anyways) DJ Sam. Great trip hop bassline combines with strings, piano, and poignant vocals to make something really beautiful. Yes - these 5-6 tracks are a worthwhile addition to any eletronichead's collection!

Meta Message, Kirsty Hawkshaw
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Pop
  • Released: Oct 10, 2005

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