- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on July 22nd, 2011 at 7:40a.m.
Dedication is a strange and delightful journey through blips and blops, restrained and mellow beats, and a certain happiness belies the titles of the tracks. It's Zomby's third album, and his first on 4AD, following his debut Where Were U '92 and follow up One Foot Ahead of the Other. It's got a different feel to it, which isn't surprising given the album is in itself a tribute to (or 'dedicated to') someone much loved and missed.
Because of this, it's understandably less in your face and brash than his previous albums. It feels a lot softer, smoother around the edges, as if someone took some sandpaper and got rid of the splinters. It's also a lot more experimental in nature. It's hard to classify it in a specific genre, other than perhaps the all encompassing 'electronic' tag. There is, however, a certain bass to the whole album which seems to permeate and influence every track.
There are definitely several influences involved in the creation of the record, with some tracks sounding positively upbeat in their own weird way, some sounding like atmospheric chillout, and others sounding more downtempo and 'moody' (for lack of a better word).
Personal highlights on this album include Natalia's Song, which I think is a fairly good snapshot of what the entire album is about. If you want to know if you'd like the album, I suggest using that track as a barometer. Other favourites for me from the album are the album closer Mozaik for it's pure simplicity, and Things Fall Apart for exactly the opposite reason.