GOLDIE The Jour­ney Man

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

It is nearly 20 years since Goldie last put his name to a solo al­bum and there have been some colour­ful de­tours since Saturnz Re­turn. Com­ing af­ter for­ays into act­ing, re­al­ity TV, art and the es­tab­lish­ment via the MBE award, The Jour­ney Man is a re­minder that Goldie’s mu­si­cal an­ten­nae are still finely tuned. There are ex­am­ples of Goldie’s prow­ess when it comes to laser-guided drum ‘n’ bass pre­ci­sion in the shapely con­tours of Prism and I Adore You and the man­ner in which they roll and pounce. Away from the rat­tle of break­beats, Goldie’s jazz lean­ings are also on show par­tic­u­larly in how Hori­zons works its hazy way around the houses or how José James brings a lovely vo­cal sheen to bear on Truth. It would prob­a­bly have been bet­ter had Goldie edited this sprawl­ing dou­ble-al­bum into a taut and more co­her­ent set of songs. JIM CAR­ROLL

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