our score: 1.0 out of 5.0
a worthy argument out there that Paul Oakenfold is currently anything
less than the world's biggest DJ.
After a career
spanning A&R (first signing the likes of Will Smith, amongst
others), building his own label "Perfecto," remixing
a near unfathomable amount of artists (U2, etc), scoring films
(Swordfish, Planet of the Apes), and only recently becoming
a world-class trance DJ, Oakenfold definitely has much of the
music business under his belt. Still Bunkka, his first
foray into the world of popular music with his first completely
original collection of "songs," is his first highly
problem with Bunkka, which is destined to be one of the
year's biggest mistakes, is Oakenfold's lack of direction and
cohesion. Rather than focus on making an all-around solid album
the focus seems more to be on garnering an all star cast to partake
in the process. Unfortunately, even with the likes of Perry Farrell,
Tricky, Ice Cube, and Nelly Furtado, the album never really seems
to go anywhere. Instead Bunkka acts as a method of getting
big names together simply for the sake of getting them together.
the fact that nothing on Bunkka is interesting; not even
close. Rather than take his super-human DJing skills and expand
these into the creation of stellar new music, what we have here
is nothing more than a magician trying to throw all his best tricks
into a condensed show. True, Bunkka has that signature
feel of an Oakenfold mix. But after a while it becomes unbelievably
old and predictable. It's safe to say these are selections Oakenfold
would never even choose to mix into his own sets, if he hadn't
created them himself.
Bunkka has no idea where it's going, and at times one's
left to wonder whether it had anywhere to go in the first place.
It's more "bunk" than anything else, and any
self-respecting fan of electronic music will be more than disappointed.
It's an album
which should never have been made - Oakenfold will hopefully now
realize he's a DJ and just as Paul Van Dyk has good reason for
not generally releasing mix cds, Oakenfold clearly has no business
releasing pop dance albums.
it's a project which should have been left dead in the water,
with the master tapes burned. Fortunately for Maverick Records,
Bunkka has Oakenfold's name on it. This should be more
than enough to make some money. Now if only they could make some
good dance music.
19-Jun-2002 5:15 PM
1. Ready Steady Go
2. Southern Sun
3. Time of Your Life
5. Zoo York
6. Nixon's Spirit
7. Hold Your Hand
8. Starry-Eyed Surprise
9. Get Em Up
11. Harder They Come