Connected (Stereo MCs album)

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Connected
Studio album by Stereo MCs
Released October 1992
Genre Pop hip-hop
Length 56:10
Label Fourth & Broadway/Island/PolyGram Records United Kingdom
512 743
Producer Stereo MCs, Veronica Davis, Andrea Groves
Stereo MCs chronology
Supernatural
(1990)
Connected
(1992)
DJ Kicks
(2000)
Singles from Connected
  1. "Connected"
    Released: September 1992
  2. "Step It Up"
    Released: November 1992
  3. "Ground Level"
    Released: February 1993
  4. "Creation"
    Released: May 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B–[1]

Connected is a 1992 album by Stereo MCs. The tracks "Connected", "Ground Level", "Step It Up" and "Creation" became hit singles; "Connected" was particularly famous for its use in adverts for the Carphone Warehouse.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that, although its music is amiable and rhythmic, Connected is also "so multifaceted that its functionality is fungible and forgettable."[1]

In 2000 Q magazine placed Connected at number 52 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

The album won Best British Album at the 1994 Brit Awards, and was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury Prize.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robert Birch (Rob B)/Nicholas Hallam (The Head), except as noted

  1. "Connected" (Birch/Hallam/H.W. Casey/Richard Finch) – 5:14
  2. "Ground Level" – 4:13
  3. "Everything" (Birch/Hallam/James L. Worthy) – 3:47
  4. "Sketch" (Birch/Hallam/Tuzé DeAbreu)– 5:44
    • Contains a sample of "Passarinho" by Gal Costa.
  5. "Fade Away" – 4:25
  6. "All Night Long" – 4:07
  7. "Step It Up" – 4:59
  8. "Playing With Fire" – 4:20
    • Contains a sample of "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money") by Pet Shop Boys.
  9. "Pressure" – 3:50
  10. "Chicken Shake" – 3:50
  11. "Creation" – 5:03
  12. "Don't Let Up" (feat. Mica Paris)[2] – 3:09
  13. "The End" (Birch/Hallum/Carole King/Toni Stern) – 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Stereo MCs[edit]

  • Robert Charles "Rob B." Birch: Vocals
  • Nick "The Head" Hallam: DJ
  • Ian Frederick "Owen If" Rossiter: Drums, Percussion
  • Cath Coffey: Backing Vocals

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • James Hallawell: Keyboards, Organ
  • Paul O. Kane, Matthew Seligman: Bass
  • Chicu Modu: Sax
  • Ivan Hussey, Johnny T., Anya Ulman: Strings
  • Kick Horns: Brass

Singles[edit]

  • "Connected" (#18 in the UK, October 1992)
  • "Step It Up" (#12 in the UK, November 1992)
  • "Ground Level" (#19 in the UK, February 1993)
  • "Creation" (#19 in UK, May 1993)

Audio sample[edit]

An excerpt from Connected

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (November 23, 1993). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stereo MC's – Connected". Discogs. Retrieved 19 March 2013.