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Fashionista Métropolitain: Music and Sex for the City

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

While the music included on Fashionista Métropolitain: Music and Sex for the City is undoubtedly sensual and stylish, most of it is also miles away from the pounding, catwalk-ready electronica that dominates most collections with variations on the word "fashion" in the title. The opening track, the beautifully brooding "Shadow Journal" from Max Richter's excellent The Blue Notebooks, signals immediately that the album is different than many of its peers: the song builds samples of heartbeats and typewriters, haunting harp, violin, and keyboard motifs, and Tilda Swinton's moody narration into a ghostly epic. Not all of the album is this convention-defying, but pieces such as Egg's "Lost at Sea" and Two Banks of Four's "Two Miles Before Dawn" have a similarly adventurous, atmospheric approach. Likewise, the track selections aren't restricted to just different stripes of mellow electronica; breezy indie pop also gets its place in the spotlight with Club 8's "Spring Came, Rain Fell." Floris' chilled, bossa nova-inspired "Almost," Zion Lockwood's "Jazzy June," and Matthew Herbert Big Band's witty "Turning Pages" are some of the highlights of the collection's second disc. Fashionista Métropolitain: Music and Sex for the City might be another collection of coffee table-ready, 21st century mood music, but it takes more chances than most of its kind, and it's worth checking out because of that.

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