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Quiet Village: Silent Movie
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Consider this British electronic duo’s remarkable full-length debut stoned easy-listening. They use a sample-heavy approach to recontextualize a variety of schmaltzy horrors, combining and tweaking them into trippy and incredibly lush chillout grooves that lull you into thinking that maybe the Alan Parsons Project, Buffalo and the Captain and Tenille weren’t so bad after all (just to name some of the folks sampled here, though they also blend in sweet soul classics from the Chi-Lites and others, underlining the subjectivity between “cool” and “uncool” source material). Equally pleasurable and disturbing, Silent Movie is one of the year’s more distinctive records. 5/14/2008 - Don Yates