‘Parts of the Process’ – Morcheeba.
From the times that were, to the times that now are, things have changed and will continue to change. This is a good thing if you are stuck in a crappy job, or do not like life in general right now; in your case, things can only get better. However, if I had my way, I would have complete authority over what can and what cannot – as would the majority of people.
Jason Thirsk from Pennywise dies, Peter Garret from Midnight Oil becomes a politician, Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac’s vocal range has been shot in the head, Amy Winehouse gets emphysema and Skye Edwards gets the boot from Morcheeba… In my opinion, all bad things that I would have preferred never happened.
A vocal legend in her own right, Skye Edwards formerly of Morcheeba, was given the boot by the other two band members (Paul and Ross Godfrey) in 2003 just prior to the release of their greatest hits album; ‘Parts of the Process’. Morcheeba is one of those trip-hop, Rock, Rhythm and Blues bands that are known simply as “the band who sings ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’”. Nobody knows the name of the band, but everyone knows the names of their tracks; or their popular ones at least. Morcheeba is splattered all over the Ministry of Sound (MOS) Chillout Sessions albums. Two singles; ‘The Sea’ and ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’ saw the success of Morcheeba with regularly played radio time and record sales of over 6 million copies worldwide.
This album, ‘Parts of the Process’ is their greatest hits album, and covers all their hits and singles since the beginning of their cannabis journey in 1996. It was produced just prior to Skye’s boot in 2003 and is probably one of my favourite chill-out albums. My Morcheeba discovery came from their ‘stand-out’ track ‘The Sea’ on MOS’s Chillout Sessions Classics album.
Skye Edwards has this smooth, breathy voice that would look like a 36” 24” 36” and taste like a sweet strawberry lollipop. In Morcheeba she is well accompanied by the ice-chilled sounds of DJ Paul Godfrey and the limitless musical talent of his brother Ross Godfrey. With the three of them combined they create a sleepy, smooth and gently harmonising brew. The sincere definition of Morcheeba is ‘easy-going’; its great beach music.
The album is home to their hits ‘The Sea’ and ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’, but also many other well-kept secrets of theirs like ‘Undress Me Now’, ‘Otherwise’, ‘Trigger Hippie’ and ‘Let Me See’. The album offers a wide variety of Morcheeba; from their slower and deeper stuff like ‘Blindfold’, ‘Moog Island’ and ‘Never an Easy Way’, to their more poppy music like ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘Tape Loop’. Through all this variety though, they are consistent with their almost ‘half reggae’ beach style.
However, I must admit the following. I am utterly sick of this album. I have had it for close to two years, and I was only listening to it for a week before I was totally over it. I don’t know what it is about this album, but even as I sit here now writing this blog, I am continually flicking through the tracks to find something interesting and challenging to listen to. My only explanation for this short-lived obsession is that even though Morcheeba is easy listening, it too easy listening. There aren’t enough layers of sound to spark anything long-lasting.
To make this clearer; Morcheeba is like a guy. If you’re on a date, and he’s not talking or being interesting, it’s a short lived experience. The spark dies and you therefore can’t stand the sight of him. There’s not enough in Morcheeba for it to be interesting, and after a while you just can’t stand listening to it because it doesn’t spark anything on the inside. The butterflies have all flown away…
Overall, I would have to give this album ONE STAR. It was great to begin with, but it got old very quickly. However, I find myself not liking the beach without it. It’s definitely worth a listen, but I think that a lot of people will find it too boring to listen to. Meh…