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STARING AT THE SUN

Staring At The Sun


Chris Brann has one of the best reputations of any in the chill-out-house crowd, earned from a decade of warm, laid-back productions charting the progression of jazz-dance music -- first as Wamdue Project but also as P'taah. Staring at the Sun doesn't see much of a change in Brann's formula; vaguely organic and faintly groovy, it's a set of same-sounding grooves that merely float along a pleasant ambience, but with little focus. It's certainly not a simple record, though. Brann specializes in making complex dance music with an inviting sound, blending difficult time signatures with keys on broken-beat features like "Late Night Sun" and "Staring at the Sun." An assortment of guests help out by adding guitar, sax, Moog, and Fender Rhodes, while vocalist Terrance Downs lends some Brazilian groove to the opener "Become Who You Are" and Sylvia Gordon has an early-'70s space jazz vibe on "Nobody Knows." It's the classic trap of the highly specialized dance producer: Over the course of an album, these songs blend into each other to the point where they become indistinguishable. In the context of a DJ's mix album, though, quite a few would stand out. ~ John Bush, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: THE ORCHARD
  • UPC: 780661112426
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Track listings

  • 1. Meditation 1
  • 2. Become Who You Are
  • 3. Nobody Knows
  • 4. Late Night Sun
  • 5. Oldest Story, The
  • 6. Meditation 2
  • 7. Staring At The Sun
  • 8. Beneath An Autumn Star
  • 9. Hold You Close
  • 10. Meditation 3
  • 11. Path
  • 12. Arise
  • 13. Surrendering
  • 14. Ether (Bonus Track)
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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