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Compiled from P.M. Dawn's four albums and the Senseless soundtrack The Best of P.M. Dawn not only plays like an audio time capsule of slick, tuneful, '90s urban pop, it's a remarkably coherent listening experience. The New Jersey duo's sweet combination of classic silky soul, trip-hop, psychedelia, and pop was one of the most groundbreaking sounds of the decade and influenced countless bands tremendously. All the usual suspects are present and accounted for, beginning with the band's first number one single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," an amazingly mature debut tune, and moves forward with two tracks from 1998's relatively obscure I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here, Love Dad. A remix of "A Watcher's Point of View" and the rare 7" versions of "Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine" as well as "The Ways of the Wind" are also here. The latter track's single and album versions are included; though they're significantly different, it's a bit redundant. The edgy hip-hop of "A Watcher's...," "Reality...," and "Gotta' Be... Movin' on Up," a track from the Senseless soundtrack, break up P.M. Dawn's otherwise lush, glossy sound on this hourlong, 14-track disc. Any band that samples Deep Purple, George Michael, and Joni Mitchell has an astonishingly diverse set of influences, but what made P.M. Dawn special is how they incorporated them into music that was uniquely their own. Despite non-existent liner notes and a few omissions, what is here flows smoothly, especially considering the songs were recorded from 1991 to 1999. Like most timeless music, The Best of P.M. Dawn's songs remain fresh, innovative, and enduring.

Customer Reviews

Where Is Set Adrift?

Why does this show as a partial album with no "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"?
Weak Sauce! How Sad!

Real Music!

this is what i call real music! those who grew up then know what im talkin about! recently i was watching "i now pronounce you chuck and larry" and they played "set adrift on memory bliss"... a timeless classic!

Greatest Hits is their Greatest

Unlike De La Soul or Digable Planets, P.M. Dawn never succeeded in stretching their daisy-age sensibilities into a full-length classic, which is why this compilation is their most consistent moment. Talented enough to craft breathtakingly beautiful hip-hop ballads, the duo also proves capable of heavier, gritter moments here, as on the Princely "Downtown Venus" and the propulsive "Gotta Be...Movin' On Up". But it's the hits that made P.M. Dawn stars, and the sequence of "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" through "I'd Die Without You" and "Looking Through Patient Eyes" brings to mind missed opportunities to sample/cover 10cc's "I'm Not in Love", Roxy Music's "More Than This", and other similar dreamscapes. For a Best-Of, this album presents P.M. Dawn as proudly as many of their eccentric influences, making it nearly irrelevant that their individual albums didn't match this definitive career summary.

Biography

Formed: 1988

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Comprising brothers Prince Be (Attrell Cordes) and DJ Minute Mix (Jarrett Cordes), the early-'90s group P.M. Dawn straddled the gap between hip-hop and smooth '70s-style soul, creating an innovative urban R&B that owed as much to pop as it did to rhythm & blues. The brothers recorded their debut single, "Ode to a Forgetful Mind," in 1988, but P.M. Dawn didn't release a full-length album until 1991. The record, Of the Heart, of the Soul, of the Cross: The Utopian Experience, was an immediate hit,...
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