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Ultramarine
Ultramarine
Every Man and Woman is a Star
Darla


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Discovery"

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Every Man and Woman is a Star may have come out a decade ago, but it's far from irrelevant... just the opposite, in fact. Listening brings back a more optimistic and less compartmentalized time in electronic music, when what was once simply "techno" was just starting to be broken into the many subgenres that exist today. The album certainly presages a number of these categories, fusing dance, trip-hop, progressive rock and dub elements.

Every Man and Woman is a Star brings to mind words like natural, fresh, organic -- the farmer's market to everyone else's Wal-Mart Supercenter. Sunny and laid-back, it is largely vocal-free, aside from a few songs whose recurring samples create a mood rather than sending a message. Smooth beats cruise along under buoyant, reassuringly major-key melodies, staying mostly in the background. Mellow is an understatement; there's a lot going on within each song, but it sometimes takes patience to keep your mind from wandering from the ocean-waves repetitiveness of it. This is a record whose beauty won't take your breath away; it'll sneak up on you during the second or third or tenth time through.



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