“This is our new album, it’s not like our old one” claims the sticker on the cover of the second Lemon Jelly opus, and ’64-’95 is certainly a very different affair from the naïve vision that was running, until now, through the band’s releases.
For ’64-’95, Lemon Jelly have seriously tightened up their brief, restraining themselves to use only one sample per track. This doesn’t however mean that they have restricted their soundscapes. Here, Deakin and Franglen collect an impressive array of genres and sounds, from heavy metal to seventies psychedelic pop to punk, processing them the Lemon Jelly way to eventually regurgitate them all into what is their most varied and exhilarating record to date. Using samples from records dating between 1964 and 1995, hence the title, this album sees Lemon Jelly developing a more confident, and at times, aggressive, approach.
Here, Deakin and Franglen swap languorous arrangements for more upfront structures, injecting guitars and heavy rhythmic sections to assert their position. In between those two poles, Lemon Jelly alternate between bucolic (Only Time), soulful (Make Things Right) or evocative (Don’t Stop Now) moments without losing for an instant view on the homogeneity of the project. As diverse as ’64-’95 gets, it remains extremely coherent, demonstrating that Lemon Jelly have lost nothing of their sharp sense of production.
Lost Horizons was built atop a scaffolding of delicate rural soundscapes, with sweet acoustic samples and a hint of sun-kissed psychedelia. ’64-’95 is a much more aggressive affair, however, with a strong rock edge and a bevy of (comparatively) harder dance beats. It's a concept album of sorts, with the concept being that Lemon Jelly have been around since the early ’60s, and that this is their long-awaited greatest hits, spanning the years from 1964 to 1995. Appropriately, each track has a corresponding date, and each date gives you a hint as to just what kind of samples the group used in their composition.
Therefore, the album's first song, “’88 aka Come Down On Me”, sounds like an unknown slab of late '80s British acid, complete with squiggly 303 lines. It also sounds like the song was pieced together with samples from late ’80s pop, including cheesy hair-metal power chords and Who-lite synthesizer lines. It's more complicated a piece than this cut'n'paste description implies, but the fact is that the illusion of anachronism is never really very convincing.
If you're a Lemon Jelly fan, you will be absolutely thrilled to hear that the boys have expanded their already-eclectic sonic palette to include more obvious hints of disco, house and rock. If this is your first exposure to Lemon Jelly, sit back and relax: this is the sound of one of the most satisfying acts in electronic music delivering on the promise of their early material with another ambitious and enjoyable slab of intricate beatscapes.
’64-’95 is more of a response to the twosome's previous effort, LemonJelly.KY; its diversity and range make it a much more serious album, though it still maintains a fair amount of humor and camp. The pair is patient with its beats, gradually embracing a style and blending it into its next cosmic vision. Being sampled by Lemon Jelly on this astonishing new album is nothing less than an honor.
From start to finish ’64-’95 is pretty much devoid of filler (the weaker tracks only being weak due to other songs being better) and it culminates in the wondrous epic “Go”, with the beat poet talents of William Shatner building to a crescendo that'll send anyone home with a smile on their face. Another great collection that isn't too radical a departure but doesn't rest on past successes, pushing Lemon Jelly forward at their own pace.
Katrā ziņā, albums ir brīnišķīgs, taču to nevar īsti salīdzināt ar LemonJelly.KY (2000) un Lost Horizons (2002), šis ir daauudz savādāks. Tas vairs nav sun-drenched dream pop. Tas ir smagāks, lai gan ir arī šis tas mierīgāks, kā Lost Horizons. Es dotu 4arpus zvaigznītes no 5ām. Man vien nav skaidrs, cik dziesmu īsti ir – deviņas vai desmit, jo pirmā it kā nemaz nav dziesma un nosaukums tai varbūt nemaz nav. Bet varbūt ir.
Laba daudz nevajag – viena dziesma. Šī dziesma ir kā.. Eh.. Nu, ja saliktu kopā Primal Scream un The Chemical Brothers, nedaudz piešpricējot Pink Floyd un Propellerheads, tad sanāktu kaut kas apmēram tāds.. Lemon Jelly – '88 aka Come Down On Me