I bought it 'on the fly' because someone told me that a piece of piano music I was looking for might be here. It wasn't - but who cares? When I put this CD on, I was happily working and it stopped me in my tracks. Breathtaking - but definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
I have a very wide love of music and I really enjoy music that offers a challenge followed by that "Wow!" moment. Peter Gabriel and Jan Garbarek are in the group that regularly have that effect on me - and this CD has to now be included.
How to describe the music?
In parts, it's as if Moby meets Chris Rea with an orchestra and chorus. Throw in some elements of Hans Zimmer's film scores and you're about a quarter of the way there.
The music is highly rhythmic, but is definitely not dance oriented. It is lush, dark and disturbing, yet highly melodic. It is frequently repetitive, yet is broadly symphonic.
Rob's voice on CD1 growls like Chris Rea with a sore throat. Some vocals have the grating quality of parts of the soundtrack singing for the film 'Moulin Rouge' - yet it blends perfectly with the music and spins you ever further towards its centre.
The instrumental CD2 is a masterpiece and is definitely a contender for being recognised as the first, major symphonic work of the 21st century - powerful, rhythmic, melodic, harsh, hypnotic.
Oh beggar it ....... just buy the thing and see what you think.<BR
this alum doesn't really have a genre, but i would say its more electronic/classical/dark(if its a genre). its so diverse theres bits of everything, this will appeal to everyone, maybe not the first time around, but after a week or so, you wouldnt know what to do without it.
Its all amazing, but Pause is something people would skip, as there is 33seconds of silence, and Prelude is at the end of numerous song on the instrumental disc.
best songs :- Furious Angels, I'm Not Driving Anymore, Clubbed to Death
the best song is Clubbed to Death II, although theres 1minuite of silence at the start, its a great chillout/classical track, the drums are a little heavy, but its still one of the best tracks ive heard in eons. If Rob was to release a track (he did release Clubbed to Death, but unfortunately only reached 11 in the UK charts over 5 years ago), Clubbed to Death II would be easily no.1 (how hard can it be, with a frog ringtone at the top?!)
Most of these tracks may seem familiar as they have been in so many movies, shows, adverts, you name it, he's probably made a backround track for it.
utter bliss. i did have something good to say, but there's no real words to describe the feelings you get from this ablum. the only way to know is to buy it and listen to it, preferably somewhere quiet( loud places will ruin the mood)
BUY IT, then force your friends to buy it!
a true hidden gem
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