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Sex Lounge

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Sex Lounge is the perfect soundtrack to initiate slow-moving foreplay, until you hear the Gentle People butcher the strings from "A Summer Place" for their own convenience like Puffy belligerently lifting from classic tunes to make his own hits. And if things weren't bad enough, self-help guru Deepak Chopra butts his way in to spout righteous truths about "Desire," courtesy of ventriloquist muppet celebrity Demi Moore; this track as well as several others rip off all of the formulaic beats and rhythms found on over a dozen other "downtempo" compilations. Draped around trip-hop beats and boring "sensual" rhetoric, the addition of lukewarm pseudo-Middle East music makes Sex Lounge even more unbearable and insulting to fans of world music. And what makes matters worse is that this is just the first disc. The second disc is the follow-up kick in the face after being punched in the groin, highlighting several songs that are less than memorable. While the sharp packaging and detailed booklet might arouse curiosity in people, don't be misled. It's an infuriatingly poor release, and two discs in length is absolutely unnecessary. It belongs as the soundtrack to any late-night direct-to-cable softcore adult movie.

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