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Contact Note

Jon Hopkins Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Just Music
  • ASIN: B0002NVL76
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Divided in three distinct movements, 'Contact Note' slowly evolves into a deep, compelling musical experience concluding with the stunning third part where Jon masters to perfection his skills as a classically trained musician, to give his most abstract work delicate impressionist touches. Classical piano contrasts with drifting atmospheres and twisted rhythms on the dark, edgy and gripping 'Black And Red' - to culminate with the waving synths and sumptuous vocals of the blissful 'Luna Moth', the perfect end of a glorious sonic adventure.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true ambient masterpiece 17 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Never before have I been compelled to write a review about anything for Amazon, but this album is so good that I felt I had to get my thoughts down! I am a fan of the chillout and ambient genre, but am very particular about what I like, and this really hits the spot, and can claim to be one of the best albums I have ever heard.
The music could perhaps best be described as "Deep Ambient/chilled Drum & Bass, with Classical piano and New Age influences, (and some very interesting sound effects), mixed into astonishingly complex, dream-like, layered soundscapes".
I would like to review the tracks individually, but since my academic background is not in music, I'm sure that these wouldn't really do the music justice. However, while all tracks are exceptional, ones that deserve special mention are "Nightjar" and "Black and red".
"Nightjar" is one of my favourite tracks. After an almost cinematic opening, it gradually builds up to a spine-chillingly beautiful piano melody that betrays Jon Hopkins' classical training (Any readers who have heard some of the works of contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Einoudi will have some idea of what I mean), all combined with soft beats and swirling sythesisers.
"Black and Red" is like nothing I have ever heard before, and could be called "experimental". Although it may not be to everyone's liking, it is another of my favourites. It starts with scratching sound effects, which decay over a deep bass rumble, building up to a minimalist, almost sinister, piano tune, with rumbling bass and distorted vocals. This merges into what can best be described as a "1950s flying saucer" sound effect, which suddenly cuts out into twinkling synthesisers followed by swirling atmospheres , gradually fading to an ethereal ambient piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY MAGNIFICENT RECORD!!! 10 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jon Hopkins remains the best kept secret in the chill out/ ambient genre - but with 'Contact Note' he is sure to achieve the success he so richly deserves.
After listening to his critically acclaimed and musically rich debut 'Opalescent', the wait began for the follow up. Though 'Opalescent' is definately worth checking out for the freshness of its sound and both impressive and evoking melodies - 'Contact Note' demonstrates a maturity and development in it's complexity which was, perhaps, the only ingredient missing in the talented Hopkins' impressive debut.
In 'Contact Note', the 'comfort' factor of 'Opalescent' is less evident and is replaced by a more challenging, yet ultimately far more rewarding record in which the progression in Hopkins' own ability is obvious. His inspired use of voices on 'Second Sense' is one such example and the quality of the production on the whole record is nothing less than remarkable. That much of the music is already being used for adverts and tv is unsuprising as each song holds its own unique sound, resonance and feel.
Bottom line: a truly brilliant record that deserves to rocket Hopkins to great success and acclaim - beautifully melodic, haunting and atmospheric - 'Contact Note' is a sublime achievement and brings with it that insatiable appetite for more. And this, with only two records to his name, is my only complaint!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ive only just realised how good this is 16 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having had this album, due to a number of reviews in various mags, for about 5 months without really appreciating it, I started listening to it again over a quite weekend at my Wifes parents house and I simply have not stopped listening to it since. This is a grower! There are very few obvious melodic tracks, but its the textures that draw you in, forget melodies, just listen to the sounds, the ideas, the scope. It is probably the best produced album I have heard in years with buckets of ideas, and unexpected turns. You should also listen in stereo on headphones where it really shines, and is one of those rare albums where you discover something new each time you listen. Beautifull!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best electronica album ever? 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
As someone who found Jon Hopkins's previous album very pleasant but a little too sweet, this is far more up my street. There is far more confidence on display here, heavier deeper beats, plus most importantly far stronger melodic content. From the pounding orbital-esque hooks of Symmetry to the straight-up euphoria of 100, or the incredible multi-layered use of imogen heap's voice in Second Sense, this whole album is a journey from start to finish, covering many styles, yet making it sound effortless and flowing at the same time. And the quieter moments - the still, achingly beautiful piano of Searchlight, and the simply heart-stopping final choral track Luna Moth - are not upstaged by the more upfront, upbeat numbers. For best results listen to the entire thing on headphones.

Best, most diverse, most sublime melodic electronica album of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece from beginning to end! 8 May 2010
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To purchase an album you've never heard based on recommendations and descriptions alone is a big risk: one I very rarely take. So imagine the delight when on the very first play, I was competely and utterly spellbound. This whole album is one big delicious aural treat for those with sensitive ears that can recognise something truely special, and special it is indeed. You may think I'm gushing, but to find yourself utterly captivated and moved to write about a piece of work in this way, must give an indication of it's true magic.
Every single track here works it's spellbinding unuiqueness almost hypnotically, never on any level being spoiled by something annoying or out of place. It just glides along, journeying sometimes through lovely gentle, soothing rhythms, sometimes slowing down into the most purest gentle brain stroking ambience, sometimes visiting sublime and haunting vocals beautifully perfromed by Lisa Lindley-Jones and the better known Imogen Heap. Quoted on the sleevenotes as angelic vocals. I couldn't agree more. All held delicately within a coocoon of a euphoric bed of quality that invokes the biggest smile you can manage, like moments in "Nightjar" when the piano enters the field of play and then subtlely drifts away again leaving the listener delicately hanging on a silk-like thread of glorious ambience before the track bows out giving way to the next.
Never short on melodies or desperately grasping to any kind of genre, Contact Note just confidently dabbles and gently plays with an assortment of styles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BRILLIANT ALBUM
I have bought other albumsof his and again this is a brilliant one. It is haunting and clever and nothing like anyone else. Superb.
Published 8 months ago by Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
If you like music without lyrics it's worth trying this, perhaps sampling some tracks first, just to check. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of art
I bought this CD to study production, but of course i've become as hooked as anyone could be. it's very diverse CD and the production is not like many other artists, which i was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tim Hilberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is probably the best ambient electronica album I've ever heard! Well, maybe a couple of Brian Eno's are just as good, but it's awesome.
Published 18 months ago by Entropy
4.0 out of 5 stars The fragile sound of silence
Jon Hopkins offers a kind of shimmering fragility to his music, which alternates between a range of qualities, such as the serene pleasures of euphoric vocals, a jittery... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Wayne Smallman
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon's doing my head in - again
After the jaw dropping brilliance of Insides I was sceptical about this. I need not have worried this is on par with Insides it's just another brilliant masterpiece. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Michael Mingins
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the Best
A mest worthy follow-up to his last set !
Again, it just gets better and better every time you listen to it ! Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2009 by Mr. John Mcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Intelligent Synth based ambient...
a slight change of emphasis from his previous album with slightly less dependancy on cliched trip hop backbeats... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2008 by J. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to appreciate.
I bought this not long after buying Opalescent and initial impressions were that he'd gone a bit too experimental. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by T. J. Stickland
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly lovely !
A lovely chillout, gently funky, and highly melodic set which I love, more each time I play it. This is a fantastic cd, and goes straight up there in my best five meolidc chillout... Read more
Published on 20 April 2006 by alexisalex
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