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MINISTRY OF SOUND: CHILLED 1991-2008

MINISTRY OF SOUND: CHILLED 1991-2008

3

5.9

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UK release date 26.05.2008

A ministry triple album with sixty top tunes remixed in a lovely calming super-chilled stylee. A great idea in principle right? WRONG!

Unfortunately this album wallows in it’s own self indulgence from start to finish expecting you to love it right back, but in essence delivering a substandard empty gesture. Like the England football team thinking it just has to turn up to win the game, this non starter should stay in the dressing room rather than be humbled at the hands of music fans everywhere. If it worked the first time and it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it - it‘s as simple as thatâ€Â¦ We’ve had tons of relax, chilled, luke warm comma type albums over the last few years. And after a dull deluge in this genre most of these tunes have been on one album or another and were easier on the palate the first time round, as opposed to this corked offering.

There are glimmers of light in the shape of The Beloved ‘Sweet Harmony’, I Monster ‘Daydream in Blue’, ‘Basement Jaxx ‘Romeo’, Jamiroquai ‘Corner of the Earth’, Jakarta ‘American Dream’, Everything But The Girl ‘Missing You’, Worksop ‘Eple’ and Three Drives ‘Greece 2000’ make the monotony hiccup but not enough value to part with my cold hard cash I’m afraid.

I would advocate maybe going on Itunes or similar and listening to snippets of this tame triple, and if you have not fallen in to a daze of monotony by the last track, then maybe buy the odd tune that you MAY like. Or better still save your money for the next time these tracks get remixed and released. I am sooo disappointed after the Wideboys showed the way to pick and play a tune on the last Ministry offering, I just feel they took the easy option with this one, Shame.

3 OUT OF 10... THAT WORKS OUT AT ONE FOR EACH ALBUM!
Words LEE TYLER

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