As One ‎– Out Of The Darkness

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URLP 158 As One Out Of The Darkness(2xLP, Album) Ubiquity URLP 158 US 2004 Sell This Version
URLP 158 As One Out Of The Darkness(2xLP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Ubiquity URLP 158 US 2004 Sell This Version
URCD158 As One Out Of The Darkness(CD, Album) Ubiquity URCD158 US 2004 Sell This Version
URCD158 As One Out Of The Darkness(CD, Album, Promo, Pap) Ubiquity URCD158 US 2004 Sell This Version

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fabriknos

fabriknos

September 25, 2010
referencing Out Of The Darkness, CD, Album, URCD158

I'm sorry to say that this is not one of my favorite Degiorgio moments. While "Hope" gives me hope right from the beginning with its infectious beat and bassline, the rest of the album fails to deliver that same kind of engaging sound. Some tracks like Leviathan and Shapechange don't really seem to go anywhere after the first few measures, and while I do like a lot of Kirk's broken beat stuff, I'm just not a big fan of the ones on here. The R&B stuff is certainly not my cup of tea either. I couldn't sit through the entirety of I Love You - perhaps the worst As One track yet. I will say that Out Of The Darkness has fantastic production and Kirk really knows how to work his machines and jump genres at the drop of hat. I just think his deep house and experimental jazz tracks are much better than these polished, almost radio-friendly R&B tracks. Also it's hard for me to get into this album when only one year later, Kirk would release what I consider the best As One album, Elegant Systems - a perfect example of techno, tech house and ambient that to me defines the original And One sound from back in the early 90s. Your mileage may vary with this one, but I say skip this one and head straight to Elegant Systems.
scoundrel

scoundrel

August 22, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Out Of The Darkness, CD, Album, URCD158

The prolific Kirk Degiorgio once again showcases is seamless blend of Detroit jazz-soul and broken beats with OUT OF THE DARKNESS, his 2nd album for Ubiquity. The album kicks off with "Hope," which switches from broken beats to house so slickly, you'd swear it was butter. His angular melodies catch you off-guard, like on the title track, "The Daisy Picker," or the shifting melodies of "Shapechange." But he's equally adept at smooth melodic lines, as on the sweet and funky "Shed Dem," as with pure R&B (even if the track "I Love You" run on a tad longer than it should). "Sanctified" goes deep, mixing heavy tones with some spoken word, while "Love Theme From the Spook Who Sat by the Door" float by on ringing ambience. Degiorgio never fails to beguile.