Dewdrops in the Garden

Dewdrops in the Garden
Studio album by Deee-Lite
Released July 12, 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre House
Length 67:58
Label Elektra
Producer Deee-Lite
Deee-Lite chronology
Infinity Within
(1992)
Dewdrops in the Garden
(1994)
Dewdrops in the Remix
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Dewdrops in the Garden is an album by the house-music group Deee-Lite, released in July 1994 via Elektra Records. Its third and last album moved away from the overtly political lyrical content of the previous album.

Contents

Background

At the time of the release of Dewdrops in the Garden, Lady Kier had compared it with Infinity Within by saying:

During the Gulf War and Bush years we felt it was important to use the platform we had in the media responsibly. Our new album is more about personal politics rather than global. We're going back to our original concept. People have enough problems, they don't need to hear it in music. Just making uplifting music is a political statement in itself. We want to strengthen their spirit on the dance floor so they can diffuse the dissatisfaction from daily global destruction.[cite this quote]

The album drew inspiration from Lady Kier's travels to the Hopi ruins in the Painted Desert and pyramids in the Yucatan and Dmitri's travels to the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree. The inspiration was clear in Lady Kier's description of the track "Music Selector is the Soul Reflector":

It is about the love of the collective dancefloor consciousness. The DJ is like the guru, the booth is the altar, the dancefloor is the sacred ground we worship on.[4]

Most of the work on Dewdrops in the Garden was done by Super DJ Dmitri and Lady Miss Kier joined by junglist DJ Ani (On-E). Towa Tei had left the band to do some work on Japanese pop star Nokko's album and his own debut solo album Future Listening! (however, Tei contributed to the track "Call Me"). He was said to be back for the band's fourth album, which was never made.

A companion album titled Dewdrops in the Remix was released in Japan only shortly after this album's release, containing four remixes of "Picnic in the Summertime," four mixes of "Bring Me Your Love," and six mixes of "Call Me." "Bring Me Your Love" and "Call Me" became their last two #1 hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Track listing

The last track includes a hidden track. After hearing track 16 ("What is this Music?") the track plays on for almost 12 minutes of silence, starting again at 12:02 with "Bring Me Your Love."

All tracks by Deee-Lite

  1. "Say Ahhh..." – 4:10
  2. "Mind Melt" – 0:33
  3. "Bittersweet Loving" – 3:42
  4. "River of Freedom" – 4:06
  5. "Somebody" – 3:29
  6. "When You Told Me You Loved Me" – 2:58
  7. "Stay in Bed, Forget the Rest" – 3:09
  8. "Call Me" – 3:50
  9. "Music Selector is the Soul Reflector" – 4:29
  10. "Sampladelic" – 0:47
  11. "Bring Me Your Love" – 3:38
  12. "Picnic in the Summertime" – 3:32
  13. "Apple Juice Kissing" – 3:13
  14. "Party Happening People" – 3:58
  15. "DMT (Dance Music Trance)" – 4:27
  16. "What is this Music?" 0:22
  17. "Bring Me Your Love" (Johnny Vicious Cosmic Isness Remix) – 17:48

Chart performance

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 127

References

  1. ^ Cranna, Ian. "Review: Deee-Lite, Dew Drops In The Garden". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (Q95, August 1994): 100. 
  2. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (January 23, 2002). "Review: Deee-Lite - Dewdrops in the Garden". slantmagazine.com. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=51. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ http://www.haktanir.org/deee-lite/
  5. ^ Billboard.cpm, artist chart history



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