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09 August, 2007

Snogworthy jams + social commentary

By Aspi Havewala


Title: Charango

By: Morcheeba

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Once while eating dinner in Montreal, our friendly, intoxicated waitress plopped herself in my lap and proceeded to tell us about how obsessed she was with the CD that was playing - singing out the lyrics at an ungodly volume and flinging her arms about. Wow, I thought to myself, people who listen to Morcheeba sure seem to have a lot of fun, and promised to check them out.

Several CDs later, they are firmly one of my favorites. And their trip hop meditation, 2003’s Charango remains one of my most played CDs.

Morcheeba (Mor = more, Cheeba = pot) are brothers Ross and Paul Godfrey with singer Skye Edwards (who has since been replaced). Part trance, part ambience, Charango is full of smooth, snogworthy jams. And just as you surrender to its seductive groove, Slick Rick shows up with a rap called “Women Lose Weight”.

Lamenting his wife putting on weight after having kids and stalled by his mistress who wants a clean break before she shacks up with him, he decides the easiest way out of it all is to kill the spouse. Considering different ways to do the deed, he finally rams his car into her Chevy over a long lunch break one fine day. It is an unexpected, stunning, tongue-in-cheek social commentary that makes it a CD you won’t forget easily.

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Meh…Morcheeba is boring. Give me Portishead or Lovage anyday.

Posted by ClannZ˙ on Fri, August 10, 2007 at 10:23:19

Love Portishead as well. But can you get them to record anything? I’ve heard this year might see something from them.

Posted by Aspi on Sat, August 11, 2007 at 12:49:49

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Posted by ziiyrfiv on Mon, November 05, 2007 at 1:46:18

I have been an avid fan of Morcheeba for quite a while now, and when I’d heard they’d made another attempt, I was quite excited. But this CD lacks the beauty and tranquility of “Big Calm” and is far removed from my favorite album of theirs, “Who can you trust.” I saw them in Austin a few years back, and they were amazing in concert.. you could just feel the calm ooze its way around the room. But Charango lacked the creativity and soulfulness of “Calm” and “Who” and was a little too poppy for my tastes. There is one great song on here, entitled “Slow down”, and another, “aqualung” is okay, but I really didn’t care much for the rest of the album. There is one song on the album entitled “Women lose weight” that you can’t hear on amazon, but is pretty offensive.. I realize it was a joke, but it is the story of a guy who’s wife gets chubby after a few kids, and he really wants to get with his secretary, but he’s gotta get rid of wifey first.. so he kills her… forces her over the median of the freeway, and then he goes to jail.. so the moral of the story is “women lose weight” so your hubby doesn’t have to kill you and then go to jail. It’s truly bizarre.. and I really didn’t like it musically since the vocals were done by “Slick Rick” who essentially talks (like in rap) and tells the story over the back drop music. I was expecting a CD packed with Sky’s voice, and instead I get what sounds like Morcheeba sometimes, but is mostly disappointing.

Posted by All In One on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 11:12:56

I love socials!

Posted by Aaron on Tue, June 03, 2008 at 12:52:45

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