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Stargazing (Special Edition) (Nettwerk)

Stargazing, the third album from Corin Dingley and Andy Jenks, a Bristol, England-based duo who initially debuted on Massive Attack's Melankolic label, sees them delving into their classic songwriter roots. Less of a trip-hop affair than their previous records, Stargazing -- a revamped U.S. version of the original, with a different track listing and look -- reaches back to the 1960s, creating moods reminiscent of Lee Hazlewood, Burt Bacharach, and Claudine Longet while retaining a languid beats foundation and a lazy rhythmic shuffle. These latter elements are taken by vocalists Martin Barnard, Wendy Stubbs, Helen White, and Kelvin Swaybe and treated with a sultry fireside flavor. Though occasionally misfiring with tracks such as "Vers Toi," dreamy songs such as "I Just Wanna Make You" and "Once Around Town" are keepers, with breathy tonations that make them the perfect romantic accompaniment to an evening of seduction.

 
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