Review Summary: A truly phenomenal achievement
Developing a band’s sound doesn’t necessarily have to take numerous LP’s to mark their genre. I’m positively sure there have been self-confident artists/monikers around the world who have practically defined their sound all within the course of one LP or debut. As an example, the revolutionary drum and bass artist Goldie has fallen into the category of ‘defining one’s sound in one fell swoop’. In 1995, the man released his fantastic ‘Timeless’ record, which in the long run (even though the praise for that album was pretty immediate), would recieve ample amounts of attention. His main priority for that one was to capture the full momentum of a drum and bass/jungle odyssey, all within the course of one-hundred minutes or so. With the heartwarming diva styled vocals to the jazzy, heaven-like piano chords, there was an acceptance that you were, in fact, lead on some sort of journey. Dropping in 1998, SaturnzReturn was Goldie's second LP. It’s yet another jaw-dropping effort from the drum and bass guru, and just like with Timeless, it features a single track that is stunning throughout.
Giving said, the track I’m explaining here is ‘Mother’; an absolutely massive, 1 hour adventure that is a true beauty in every sense possible. The intro, which consists of nothing but a highly atmospheric pad, is a stunning 25 minutes. As it progresses and loosens up a bit, the tempo makes an abrupt change from the atmosphere, and Goldie’s psychiatric rhythms/breakbeats come in to play; they both succeed in every way possible. The bassline and execution of the simple ’mother’ vocal piece are both brilliantly planned out and retain a nostalgic, yearning feel. There’s a sense of soul here too, a lot of meaningful and comfortable vocals/lyrics that could make any human being’s lips quiver. Plus, which is obvious, the entire song is directly pointed towards his mother. Assuming that she died in a tragic accident or caught a disease, this shows that Goldie loves people and puts his heart into music.
‘Temper, Temper’ and ‘Chico’ both are proficient in the more aggressive styled drum and bass, taking the fact the tempo is absolutely mind-warping and the basslines are significantly darker. Onto a complete polar opposite however, ‘Dragonfly’ cools itself down for a bit, and feels like a dreamy sense of adventure on the beach sand supplied with an unbelievable choice of melody. It’s very powerful, and just plain awesome to listen to. ‘Letter of Fate’ is yet another gorgeous blueprint that is not only incredibly powerful, but entirely influenced by a more modern classical bent. The array of floating violins/atmospheres and bone-chilling vocals drive this song to its fullest. This is also one of the fewest Goldie tracks without any sense of beat as well.
I couldn’t specially detail anything poor with this release, other than the fact ‘Mother’ might seem utterly boring to listeners because of the song length and the ridiculously sluggish buildup. But other than that minor error, this release nearly pairs up with ‘Timeless.’ ‘SaturnzReturn’ is a truly spontaneous album, and is just another phenomenal achievement by Goldie.