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Cool As Ice
A so-so compilation of lounge tunes

Diving deeper into the rhythm of the esoteric comes "Chillout Lounge: Volume Two", with matter that gets more defined as it features music that is essentially lounge in attitude. This one is sure to have fewer buyers than its progenitor, the tracks riding on music that is viscous and mercurial, thick with theory and unpredictable with a turn of tune.

The album begins fittingly with a number by The Relaxomatic Project, "Everyday Thereís Something", a robotic track driven by synthesizers retelling with severe ennui, and moves over to the pastoral poetry of Groove Armadaís "At The River", a lazy, trumpet-broken smasher.

Depeche Mode interjects with a deeply ominous "Freelove" - "No hidden catch, no strings attached" - and Coldplay delivers beautifully with "Trouble", a ballad made blessed by the troubled vocals of Berryman.
Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer lends her saccharine sound to Deleriumís "Innocente", then St. Germann hits with the very refined hip-hop-esque "Sure Thing" buoyed by sparse lyrics barely above a slur. Super.

The Verve goes Beatlesque with their "Sonnet", Beth Ortonís weighty voice brings the blues to "Couldnít Cause Me Harm", while Blurís "Tender" soars like a choir-cast anthem.

This is music that will either rouse torpor or thought (or both in unequal proportions), and recreate visions of videos that take off the ground with the poetic extraordinaire. Once it grows on you, you canít shake it off!

Chillout Lounge: Volume Two | Compilation

In boombox...
Patience - George Michael
Think Tank - Blur
My Private Nation - Train
A Progress In Trance - Compilation
The Fast And The Furious - Compilation
In colophon...
Hostage - Robert Crais
The Dead Heart - Douglas Kennedy
Right As Rain - George Pelecanos
In cut!...
American Chai
The Core
In potluck...
Pizza Hut
Sanuk Thai
In stage left...
The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
All My Sons
The Typists
In gamepad...
Starcraft: Brood War
Jet Fighter: Full Burn
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