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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0009NSDQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foil
2. Montreal
3. Silverside
4. Slip
5. Glich
6. Piezo
7. Nine
8. Further
9. Yulquen
10. Nil
11. Teartear

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold 22 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Amber' is a remarkably atmospheric record - pure electronica with a cold, programmed, robotic feel which is nevertheless eerily compelling.

The opening track `Foil' sets the scene superbly. Mechanical pulsing drones are overlaid with unconventional bursts of sound and percussion to create an unlikely but effective melody.

There is beauty too on this record - `Silverside' features glacial synth washes sweeping over heavily-treated babbling vocal effects and harsh mechanical beats. The track ends with a lovely synth flourish. The following track, `Slip' has almost perky beats and frolicking percussion.

But the over-riding feeling to the record is of a robotic dystopia which conjures up `Blade Runner' style visions. The sound is cold: `Further' is driven by dripping sounds which could be melting glaciers, but `Amber' is haunting and really gets under your skin. The strong closing track `Teartear' is brutal and menacing and sounds like a legion of battle robots on the march. Overall, it sounds hard to believe that this record wasn't made entirely by machines and that is a compliment to how well its atmosphere works.

My only criticism would be the length. At 74 minutes `Amber' is too long and its slight lack of variety shows through. Even so, I like it very much.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber... what to say? 7 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of my favourite electronic albums, were I to try and seperate everything by genre. This album builds on the ideas of Incunabula, but irons out both its predecessor's faults: the sounds used here don't sound anywhere near as cheap or dated as Incunabula, and the songs are all perfect length. Nothing drags on, nothing pulls out too early.
Now, these things are good. The structure of a good album is there. Luckily, Amber provides the content, as well. By far the band's most ambient work, truly gorgeous sweeping synths wash over beats which pre-echo the complex blips and bangs of their later rhythms, but are far less intrusive, and complement the synths perfectly.
As with Incunabula, this is definitely a mood album. Each piece adds something to the very cold, mysterious atmosphere the previous has made. Whether it's a lonely mountaintop, a mysterious spacescape or the silhouette of a motorway leading to an industrial city (the moment I knew I loved this album was listening on the train to London one evening), its existence conjours something cold.
Luckily, each track stands up on its own as well as being part of the album. Particular standouts include the incredibly subtle Yulquen, the hypnotic symphony of Silverside, and most of all, Piezo, a track which captures the whole album in its nine minute run from fast beats to freezing synthscapes. The piece is amongst my favourite songs ever, and quite rightly so.
I'm hoping one day, Booth and Brown will match the heights of this album. They're never going to do anything that sounds like it, but maybe they'll do something as strong and enjoyable. For now, I'll keep this, with Tri Repetae a very close second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music to hang suspended in space to. 2 Dec 2002
By Pax
Format:Audio CD
To my mind, 'Amber' stands alone as one of those rare works which sounds utterly unlike anything else anywhere; Autechre themselves have not since produced anything else to match it for sheer emotive ability or grace.
This album, with its crystalline sounds and delicate layering, manages to express spaces which cannot exist in the 'Real World'(?) with an extraordinary lucidity, a dream brightness... There are moments when emotions are communicated and experienced which have no definable place in daily life; despite its age this music is still some of the most genuinely futuristic that I have ever heard.
Favorite moment: in track 6, 'piezo', when the bizarre and previously slightly annoying rhythm carries the listener into a vast, warm, burnished machine-jungle twilight and suddenly tesselates, makes sense as a part of the whole... something between melancholy and trancendence.
If all this sounds overblown, then try these two words.(They've been used before, but they're true):
Alien. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fyc65g76 25 Feb 2008
By 77
Format:Audio CD
"Slip" is easily one of the greatest songs ever devised by humans; a triumphant, lethargic stab at contentment, with one of the most effective melodies you'll ever hear. It's a timeless, genreless track that not only sounds unique in the Autechre discography, but is practically a genre in itself. When I listen to it now, memories of a holiday I went on two years ago flash back with force, as I would listen to it obsessively back then; several times a day, just basking in the sun (I live in England, just so you understand the novelty factor) and trying to focus my attention on just one of the layers that make up this song, but always failing as it flooded my mind with its aimless perfection.

The rest of it? Man, there's just no way I can evaluate it fairly. It was the opening, claustrophobic synth of "Foil" that put me off this album for so long; it was rare, during those halcyon days, that I would dare venture past that opener. The raindrops that announce the entrance of "Further" always amazed and confused me whilst walking down dry, dusty Portuguese streets, as it contrasted completely with my surroundings by giving the impression of being in a forgotten cave with water falling from the ceiling. Well, until the roller coaster screams demolish any chance of you have of forming a clear mental picture, that is. And that's just where Amber succeeds; for such visual music, your mind rarely gets the chance to settle, producing a dream-like effect of various images and senses flashing before you, constantly out the reach of tangibility. I think I may have synesthesia, come to think of it. Nothing imposes itself on the listener here, so you're on own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and eery - autechre at their best.
This album has been a permanent fixture on my playlist for the past six years or so but I've never had the urge to write a review of it until purchasing it as a cd recently,... Read more
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Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Noetic-fret!
1.0 out of 5 stars No soul
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Published on 26 Jun 2009 by Richard B. Cockbain
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Totally different from recent offerings from Autechre, a lot more accessible, but then it is 14 years old. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2008 by D. J. VAUGHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This magnificent album has an utterly unique sound even within Autechre's body of work. It may be electronic music but the sound is anything but clinical with its strangely... Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best by Autechre
When this came out in 1994 it blew me away by its sheer brilliance.Every track offers a different soundscape of beats rythmns and melodies. Read more
Published on 26 April 2008 by P. Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold
Amber' is a remarkably atmospheric record - pure electronica with a cold, programmed, robotic feel which is nevertheless eerily compelling. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2007 by D. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmm... Ammmmmmmmber.
There’s some phonological coincidence at work here, I think. The word “Autechre” is a cousin to “austere,” to “technical” and... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2006 by Robot Overlord
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful sounds
Their final album before they got too harsh for my liking. This album is considered their best by many fans of the group, but I'm sure fans of the harsher material like 'Tri... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2004 by Jay M
5.0 out of 5 stars Un Album qui remonte aux sources de la musique Electronique
Le deuxieme album, apres le cultissime "Incunabula", des pionniers de la techno expérimentale et de l'Electronica est sans conteste une grande réussite. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2003 by "cemthaman"
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