CD REVIEW: Citrus Sun - Another Time Another Space
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT
Artist: Band: Citrus Sun
Genre: Easy Listening
Some days you just don't wanna get out of bed. Some weeks you just don't wanna take the cd out of the player. This review has been savagely delayed by constant repetition. I can't seem to let the disc pass me. I know once I've heard it, it's on to the next release, and I just didn't want to hear this happen.
When Citrus Sun hits the ballads, there's no way out of a good feeling, a gentle yawn and a relaxed state of aura. Now, it's my __th listen to 'Blue Orchid', and I rue the moment I reach the end of the review. That delightfully busy but not break-neck Ed Jones sax. That whispering, travelling Julian Crampton bass... Oh well. All good things must come to an end. I'm just grateful the 11 tracks span a rolling 50+ minutes of expansive instrumental magic.
If you find it hard to fathom that this is Citrus Sun's very first release, let me name the players so you can get with it. Jim Mullen, of Average White Band fame, takes the guitar. Incognito drummer Richard Bailey provides a backing that is so mellow and perfectly pitched that in the heat of all the night-music languages that burst forth, you might forget he's there as you drift, not from boredom but from the coolness of the drug. Incognito founder Jean Paul Maunick has put this all together, also co-writing many compositions that take you out of yourself and place you back in your skin exActly as they found you.
Maunick calls himself the Quincy Jones of this release, and black or white, the man has the touch. An amazingly fresh intro album to this laid back sound. Even when cuts like 'What It Is' heat up, it's akin to frying fish on warm. That piece of white meat will crackle and steam, but not all at once, and it'll never burn. Well, unless you leave it on for longer than the longest track here, the 8 minute, graciously satisfying 'Mellowed'. This one blends funk, soul, night time robberies, whatever it takes to get you into the soft, spacious beat, rolls like hip hop without the grating effect, without a harsh voice of pitches and monsters. It cradles you, babe.
You'll have to hunger for a 2nd release after you're through. My biggest problem now is cooling the cd off.
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