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The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)

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The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)

The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)
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Experimental Electronic, Breakbeat, Downtempo | Label: ZTT | # ZTT130CD | Time: 00:56:49

More than ten years after the Art of Noise left Trevor Horn's ZTT label to record on their own, original members Anne Dudley and Paul Morley reunited with Horn plus 10cc's Lol Creme to record another LP, organized around the work of French modernist composer Claude Debussy. With a guest list including John Hurt as well as Rakim, the album charts the artistic use of sampled breakbeats – pioneered by the Art of Noise themselves – with nods to '80s hip-hop plus their '90s equivalent, drum'n'bass. Though the Art of Noise doesn't sound quite as brash as they did in their '80s prime, The Seduction of Claude Debussy is an interesting showcase of what made the group great.

Review by Keith Farley, Allmusic.com

Seminal mid-'80s electro-pop players (their hit "Close to the Edit" recently provided sample fodder for Prodigy's "Firestarter"), Trevor Horn, Paul Morley, Anne Dudley, and new addition Lol Creme (of 10cc), have regrouped as Art of Noise just in time to introduce classical-jungle fusion to the world. Using revered composer Debussy's melodic blueprint to build its elaborate, velvety drum & bass compositions, the group manages to make what initially seems like a dodgy idea sound somewhat viable, particularly on dreamy, atmospheric tracks like "Out of This World." Vocal contributions come from Sally Bradshaw, Donna Lewis, Rakim, and even actor John Hurt.

Review by Aidin Vaziri

"The Seduction of Claude Debussy" is not just a remarkable musical triumph, it is doubly so given how easily the whole thing could have collapsed under the weight of its considerable hubris. The Art of Noise are not exactly bashful, and here they are even less so than usual as they attempt what amounts to an electronica Debussy cover album. On top of it all, John Hurt provides highly stylized narration interspersed in the lulls and even sometimes during the most heightened drama of the album, describing Debussy's life and artistic brilliance, referencing half-known poets and the like. This project could have been totally dire in less capable hands, but fortunately AON knows what they're doing.

The source of strength of this release is that it is an album, not a collection of weak Debussy remixes. No techno-ridden piano-and-string loops here. Instead we have luscious piano cascades and classical guitar and mighty string crescendos flowing beautifully over ambience, dub beats and jackhammer drillnbass alike. After all, it wouldn't be enough for Art of Noise to put new beats to old music. After declaring at the end of "Il Pleure" that Debussy "was the revolutionary that set 20th century music on its way," they could do nothing less than give us a full and rich sampling of the entire palette of 20th century music, from jazz to bubblegum pop to dub and drum and bass to hip hop. Anything less would be an insult their chosen subject and hero. For the most part, they succeed, although I personally found the rapper Rakim's surprising arrival in the middle of Track 6 to be a little jarring.

Most importantly, though, is that "Seduction" doesn't just work as an artistic concept, it works as music. It is a beautiful composition, with rich arrangements and terrific mixing, and covering an impressive degree of ground, never growing repetitive, always original and filled with aggressive experimentation and originality. I can't imagine whether Debussy himself would have liked or hated it, but what is probably certain is that he would not have been bored by it.

Review by Joseph Geni, Amazon.com


The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)



Tracklist:

01. Il Pleure (At The Turn Of The Century) (08:02)
02. Born On A Sunday (04:40)
03. Dreaming In Colour (06:42)
04. On Being Blue (04:58)
05. Continued In Colour (01:19)
06. Rapt : In The Evening Air (04:21)
07. Metaforce (03:44)
08. The Holy Egoism Of Genius (07:56)
09. La Flute De Pan (02:45)
10. Metaphor On The Floor (02:06)
11. Approximate Mood Swing No: 2 (02:14)
12. Pause (02:29)
13. Out Of This World (Version 138) (05:27)


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The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)

The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy (1999)

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