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HALFWAY BETWEEN THE GUTTER & THE STARS was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, drops the overwrought fratboy party appeal of his previous releases for this subdued take on the "Big Beat" formula. Cook conjures up soulful, gospel-inflected music that draws equally from classic rock as it does from acid house. Cook's samples vary wildly, from Jim Morrison to Bill Withers, but are part of considered arrangements and beautifully restrained production.

Things get off to a contemplative start with the opening track "Talking Bout My Baby." It sets the tone for the rest of the album, a contrast of introspective emotions and peak hour party stompers perfectly illustrated by the track "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)," which samples a Doors acapella over an ambient breakbeat track to great effect. The pace of the record is generally upbeat, especially on the sleazy funk track featuring Macy Gray "Love Life" and the hip-hop bossanova of "Weapons of Choice," which includes a performance by a heavily vocodered Bootsy Collins. The gospel influence extends to the final track "Song For Shelter," an exuberant statement for global house culture making implicit the connection between dance music and spiritual experience.

Track Listing:

1. Talking Bout My Baby
2. Star 69
3. Sunset (Bird Of Prey)
4. Love Life
5. Ya Mama
6. Mad Flava
7. Retox
8. Weapon Of Choice
9. Drop The Hate
10. Demons
11. Song For Shelter

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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