Connected (Stereo MCs album)

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Connected
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Studio album by Stereo MCs
Released 5 October 1992
Genre Acid jazz, alternative hip hop, trip hop
Length 56:10
Label Fourth & Broadway/Island/PolyGram Records
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: 14 September 1992
  2. "Step It Up"
    Released: 23 November 1992
  3. "Ground Level"
    Released: 8 February 1993
  4. "Creation"
    Released: 17 May 1993

Connected is a 1992 album by Stereo MCs. The tracks "Connected", "Ground Level", "Step It Up" and "Creation" became hit singles.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]
Select 5/5[4]
The Village Voice B−[5]

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."[5] In June 2000, Q placed Connected as #52 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[citation needed] The album won Best British Album at the 1994 Brit Awards, was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury Prize,[citation needed] and included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6]

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)[7] – 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 United Kingdom, 14 September 1992)
  • "Step It Up" (#12 in the United Kingdom, 23 November 1992)
  • "Ground Level" (#19 in the United Kingdom, 8 February 1993)
  • "Creation" (#19 in United Kingdom, 17 May 1993)

Audio sample[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connected – Stereo MC's". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 781. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  4. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (November 1992). "The Stereo MCs: Connected". Select (29): 85. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (23 November 1993). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  7. ^ "Stereo MC's – Connected". Discogs. Retrieved 19 March 2013.