Anthony Copping and Pascal Oritaimae are a pair who team electronic music and ethnic sounds. It's something plenty of others have done, with varying degrees of commercial and critical success (think Deep Forest, for example). Last Voices From Heaven is one of those that rates low on the critical success scale. Yes, they do use ethnic samples, made on their travels in the South Pacific, but largely as introductions to the pieces. And when they do use more, as in the final cut, which they claim is a possession ceremony from an island in Melanesia, the supposedly real event is augmented by bits of electronica (and the composition credit notably goes to Copping and Oritaimae). What the duo come up with here has precious little to do with any kind of ethnic music, beyond the luxurious color photos in the booklet. It's music for the lowest Western common denominator, as MOR as possible, with only the samples thrown in -- and then discarded -- to bring any measure of adventure and authenticity in a bid for real world music credibility. As it is, the pair might have had a nice vacation flitting around various Pacific islands. What they obviously didn't bring home with them was any sense of the people whose lives they saw, and whose music they took. Maybe their hearts are in the right places, but this comes across as crass commercialism and exploitation of the worst kind.
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AllMusic Review by Chris Nickson