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Contact Note

20 Jun. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Jun. 2010
  • Release Date: 20 Jun. 2010
  • Label: Just Music
  • Copyright: 2004 Just Music
  • Total Length: 1:01:22
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  • ASIN: B003TKPH7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,940 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A C Lazenbury on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By music fan on 10 Sept. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noel O'riordan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Langley on 21 Sept. 2007
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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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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. I am going OTT I don't care anymore, do you mind? From the "jazzy" ambience of Spem in Allium by Tommy Tallis, there's traces of Brian Eno another icon but still manages to be highly original. Jon seems to be Brian's protege or mentor he was on the Inside CD and they collaborated on the soundtrack to the film The Lovely Bones. Another standout track is the title track Contact Note but it's all brilliant. I know other reviewers have given it four and half stars but I going one better I might as well because it is a fantastic album so blare it up on the Harman/Cardon or Cyrus. Let's hope the next one Opalescent or is it Opalescence is just has good. I certaintly can't wait.
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