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The Sun & The Neon Light

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Outskirts
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Duke
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Dusty Boots
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Control Me
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Solo City
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Charlotte
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Numbers (Radio Mix)
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The Sun & The Neon Light
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Sweet Lies
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Karma Car (Album Version)
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Psychameleon
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Planetary
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Comacabana
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You Don't Know What You Mean To Me (J's Lullaby)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 62:02

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Meh

misskei

Grab "Charlotte" for the bouncy Berlin-at-the-height-of-summer feel and Planetary for good measure, and save your downloads for other music. I was really hoping for better. Oh well.

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I keep *wanting* to like it, but...

dj_riviera

"Charlotte" and "Solo City" are the better tracks, but even at that, they're still only okay. It took me a while to warm up to Movements, their previous release, yet this one remains cool to the touch.

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Cheesy

bleego

With the exception of a couple songs that blatantly attempt to recapture the best of Movements, this album is a foray into softer, more muzak type tones. Quite a bit more self indulgent, and not in a good way.

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Give it a chance!

MsDeVine

Try listening to Karma Car before you write this album off, its a sweet little grower and excellent to listen to in the ..er..car..actually I think the best place to enjoy it

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friendlier, poppier

velocipede

I like this album, including the vocal tracks, which sound like they are channeling darker Depeche Mode. I am glad that I got this, but I would recommend the more interesting Movement over this to most electronica fans.

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No Sun - No Neons

Eclactic

I don't think it's them _ It's probably just us. For those "faithful followers" of Booka Shade one would expect something original from a new album - it isn't. I feel it's all a matter of "Been there - done that" rather disappointing but still downloaded it anyway - couldn't betray them just yet.

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SOFT BORING MUSIC

Pametjoe

Of course, it's only the point of view of an old Booka Shade's fan from their beginning : I don't have no problem with doing something different, but i found this album very disapointing. Where is the feeling ? This is soft BORING music without soul, without groove. Sorry Guys. For me you can be much more than that !

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A grower

DubDance

People who say that this needs a few listens before really hearing all that's on the album, are right as far as I'm concerned, give it a chance and try that. Yes, it might be a slight sell out(mock shock horror - a guitar even creeps in here and there), it's still damn good though. The New Order reference in the emu review is right too, almost thought Hooky was playing. The title track is my least favourite at the moment, my favourite changes all the time, that tells me that there's quite a bit to like here. If you're a fan, you'll probably know the singles, if not a fan, this could be the one that convinces you to become one.

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JUST OK(ME TOO)

JOHNNYDEEP

BIG FAN OF THIS OUTFIT, BUT THIS ALBUM, HMM. JUST OK. I SEE WHERE THEYRE GOIN, BUT....HMM WELL IM SURE THERE'LL BE SOME GOOD DJ MIXES ON VINYL. I HATE TO USE THE WORD, AND I THINK THEY DID A GOOD JOB WITH THIS ALBUM, BUT HMMM. A TINY SELL OUTISH. JUST DO WHAT U ALWAYS DID, THE UNDERGROUND NEEDS U.........

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Only OK

thegitdown

I love Booka, but this warmed over Depeche Mode and early rave inspired record just is not up there with In White Rooms and their other amazing shiny tech house music. Not nearly as good as either of their other albums, which is a bit disappointing. Perhaps they are aiming for mainstream appeal with the addition of vocals and the overall retro flavour, because I'd hate to think that they're running out of ideas.

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On their third official full-length, German duo Booka Shade get serious about the album format and deliver a set of rainy-day tracks influenced by the Berlin (Tangerine Dream) and Düsseldorf (Cluster) schools of electronic music with a touch of Giorgio Moroder, especially the man’s Midnight Express soundtrack. At worst, like on the opening “Outskirts,” reverence for these classic tones and an overwhelming desire to be earnest make the music surprising lifeless. Half of The Sun & the Neon Light ends up sounding like an entry in the Mind’s Eye computer animation video series, where slick, serviceable sounds provide pleasant backdrops for futuristic dreaming. Light drumbeats from the machine sit under well-crafted layers of synths that echo into the distance and the occasional vocoder vocal crops up to offer the restrained hooks and forgettable, unobtrusive lyrics. If Booka Shade are trying to transition from a club to a headphone act, the duo’s quest is undermined by the highlights — “Dusty Boots,” “Karma Car,” and the wonderful space-disco track “Charlotte” — all of which thump a little louder, causing knees to bend and hips to shake. Loyal listeners looking for a more “personal” album from the band will have fewer complaints, but the casual fan will miss the more dynamic and vibrant elements of their earlier work. – David Jeffries

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