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The fifth album from Morcheeba, Charango, sounds like the kind of album that should always have been a part of your collection; like mood music for the 21st century. The beating heart of Morcheeba ripples through every song--there is the same elegance, romance and melancholy that made the first three albums so special--but the breadth of vision has grown. It is music that has the confidence to forge its own identity while taking on board everything that its creators love from anywhere in the world. There is nothing fraudulent about this record. Everything is played live, and great missions were undertaken in the search of finding the right instruments to create the right sounds. "We've worked really, really hard, and done exactly what we have believed in," says bassist Paul Godfrey. "We haven't had the usual distractions of having to worry about money, or about whether the business is being taken care of. Having completed this record, I feel completely genuine as an artist, and that's the first time I've felt like that in our career." Charango is the album that Morcheeba have been waiting to make. All three began to adapt to the enormous changes that success brings, and learnt to realize what matters and what doesn't. In the spaces in-between, they quietly formed a masterpiece.
Lush, vaguely exotic strings, tasteful electronic beats and a female singer who's so languid she's almost not there--ooh la la, another Morcheeba record... Morcheeba make a lovely sound, but they seem to be broadcasting from a very bright and pretty hell.