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Music Takes Me…Where, Exactly?

Posted in Dance,Music Reviews,Stonebridge by M on July 7, 2007

Stonebridge - Music Takes Me

There’s a new Stonebridge album on its way: Music Takes Me! Due to be released next week, it is instead widely available for your illegal downloading pleasure. Fire up those torrents!

Music Takes Me is absolutely worth your time. Stonebridge pours his Nordic SmoothTM over each track, just like he did with his previous full length Can’t Get Enough. The new album is just as listenable—however, it may be only one-quarter of a great album.

But what a quarter! The first three tracks are killer! The title track is a very strong start. It’s breathy vocals are more breath than vocal, letting Stonebridge’s production take command immediately. Plus, the silky rhythm of “Music Takes Me” and “Close to Heaven” reveal just how nasty and insistent the beats of the third track—the megahit, Erire Obano-blessed single “S.O.S.”—really are. Stonebridge shows these songs off at their best.

After that? Nine perfectly respectable tracks that don’t have nearly the same magic.

That’s not as bad as it sounds: any song from this album could hold its own mixed at a club—or even in track order as background music driving on the freeway or fucking. Butnone of the tracks retain any distinction; they don’t announce or inform any of the forthcoming music.

Big deal, right? Top singles on an unexciting album are still top singles. And Stonebridge’s production is still as smooth and soft as tracing your finger over the top of a hotel room pillow. Music Takes Me has lots to enjoy, so get out there and enjoy it!

Bonus Questions From Illegal Downloaders With No Liner Notes: Is Therese on this album? Is DaYeene? If they are, I can’t place them. And they helped make Stonebridge the success he is today! Don’t forget the ladies, man!

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