Chicane
Behind the Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
July 19th, 2014 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Trance for the most part is a load of old bollocks. With artists such as Tiesto being lauded for ***ty remixes and Basshunter merely existing, it's hard to see any reason to delve into the genre. But like most music, the proper stuff was made back in the day, before 3 of a Kind or Nick Clegg, a time of true artistic expression or something. Chicane first released the fantastic Far From the Maddening Crowds in 1997 to great success, though it wasn't until Behind the Sun where he truly struck gold.

Compared to it's predecessor Behind the Sun features a larger vocal prominence, though still retains the expansive instrumental passages of old. The rich atmosphere has also been heightened by an array of modern sounding strings which are still superb to this day, as opposed to Maddening's slightly dated sound. After the short opener Overture we're introduced to Low Sun, a lovely piece featuring various wind instruments to create a relaxing aura. No Ordinary morning has a similar approach but with a more melancholic demeanour. The angelic vocals and sweeping strings bring the song up to another level. While the album has been relatively subdued up until this point, the anthem Saltwater is an absolute classic and a true peak of the genre. It features Enya's sister of all people on vocals and has one of the most recognisable melodies in all of electronic music, if not the radio then I'm sure you've heard it on a Lloyd's TSB advert or something. The rest of the record follows suit with the blissful Halcyon and the mesmerising Autumn Tactics, though it's not until track eight that we reach another 'hit'. Don't Give Up is a rather by the numbers affair, featuring renowned hack Bryan Adams, the song doesn't really excel until the chorus with it's infectious hook. Adam's synthetic vocals do nothing but distract from the music on this one and was a very odd choice indeed. The album thankfully ends on a high note with Andromeda which fittingly sends the album off with a cool beat complemented by the subdued yet memorable strings.

Chicane's second effort remains their finest, incorporating traditional anthemic numbers with chillout tracks to great effect. Behind the Sun offers excellent diversity and intoxicating melodies throughout. If you can get past the pissing Bryan Adam's appearance then this is a fantastic listen that pretty much any tom dick and harry can enjoy.



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KILL
July 19th 2014


72110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bit of a different 1 this time, will await devs many corrections but any grammar fixes would be greatly appreciated!

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laughingman22
July 19th 2014


1911 Comments


'But like most music, the proper stuff was made back in the day'

ain't that the truth

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2014


50872 Comments


wag

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MrSirLordGentleman
July 19th 2014


4770 Comments


KILL making a review of something that's not m/ ???????

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BigPleb
July 19th 2014


37588 Comments


Hard pos, AHRD.

KILL
July 19th 2014


72110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check this pleb its ur duty as a brit

BigPleb
July 19th 2014


37588 Comments


After tonight man, I'm off on the piss so will Chicane hard tomorrow.

ResidentNihilist
July 19th 2014


1171 Comments


have the first album by this guy and that's great, review was equally as great and made me want to jam this. posd hard.


also saltwater is killer

BMDrummer
July 19th 2014


9482 Comments


shweet one KILL

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Xar
July 19th 2014


1652 Comments


would i dig dis, kill?

review is excellent, pos'd.

KILL
July 19th 2014


72110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bros

and yea i dont see why not, i dont know anyone who doesnt dig this tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET1-6Bef9xU

anyone from chavs to grandmas can dig this

Xar
July 19th 2014


1652 Comments


that song sounded super gay but like rly rly good

KILL
July 19th 2014


72110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh check this one its more chill and almost as good ugh makes me wana cry like a bitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCtNfvStOOk

Futures
July 19th 2014


12100 Comments


dude kill sweet. might check this out.

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OmairSh
July 19th 2014


11921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally, my first neg in a year.

Kidding, this sounds cool.

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ExplosiveOranges
July 19th 2014


3640 Comments


Holy fuck, a new KILL review.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2014


28789 Comments


haha typical pop punk bullshit from kill


more of the same more of the same

sonictheplumber
July 19th 2014


4731 Comments


damn

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Let
July 19th 2014


614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Saltwater sounds great. I'll have to give this a full listen tonight.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2014


31493 Comments


What are you doing Kill??

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