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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Important Records
  • ASIN: B001ASII64
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Molotov
2. Glacial
3. Corrosive
4. Haze

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon B on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
... but some of Steven Wilson's projects are definitely an acquired taste. Bass Communion explores his more ambient side. I've got a lot of ambient music in my collection, and though I like some of what Steven does with Bass Communion, it's only mildy distracting. This is indulgent noodling really, which isn't to say it isn't without merit. But Eno was doing this stuff better a long time ago.
Molotov and Haze is four tracks, two loud, two peaceful. Track one, Molotov and track three, corrosive are the more angry ones. Both beginning with a wall of sound (one reminds me of being in a factory, the other as the distant sound of the council strimming the verges outside my house). Both eventually die away to peace after about ten minutes of drone.
Glacial and Haze, the more chilled tracks are just your typical ambient background shimmer, with Haze interupted throughout with an electronic vibration. Whilst they are nice enough, there's nothing monumentally outstanding here.
I am a huge fan of Mr Wilson. Porcupine Tree and No-man are right up there in my favourite bands list, possibly at the top. And I like his cover versions a lot (looking forward to the new solo album Insurgentes). But I'm giving an honest review here. This is run of the mill ambience that doesn't seem to offer anything that hasn't been done before. I actually preferred Pacific Codex (with its one note a minute minimalism).

If you've got into Porcupine Tree and are looking to check out other SW projects, I recommend you get into No-man (Steven Wilson with the wonderful Tim Bowness) - who are at least as good as the mighty PT.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Another outing for Bass Communion, the `ambient' project of Steven Wilson, the music is best described as drone with an absolute sense of apocalypse. Four tracks two heavy two light.
This is a great set comes in a replica LP sleeve, complete with inner protective sleeve, nice touch!
I can recommend this for fans of Bass Communions previous albums but would urge caution for the uninitiated. The albums need to be listened to and not put on as background music (its not).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
power ambience 5 Feb. 2010
By nara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This will strongly appeal to anyone who likes darker electronic moods as exemplified by early Tangerine Dream or even more drone acts like Fear Falls Burning or even Sunn o))).A deep listen experience for the open minded.
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another facet of stephen wilson's talent 22 Aug. 2009
By M. F. Healsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
So the other reviewer doesn't like ambient music and is upset he bought this. This is great ambient music but it is not Porcupine Tree or any of S. Wilson's other bands.
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Steven Wilson composes amazing music 4 Jun. 2014
By Andres Marcial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this album, is just intriguing, agressive and sad sometimes, but is beautiful. The quality of the CD was good, completely new and without any defect.
17 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The Question Is Why? 25 Feb. 2009
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this because it was recommended to me here on amazon as a Steve Wilson solo album. It is not. Rather it is another "effort", if you could call it that, of his ambient drone project Bass Communion. I have accidentally bought some lousy albums in the past, but Molotov and Haze has to rank as one of the worst.
It has great artwork and is well-packaged, but the music within stretches the definition of the word. Two of the four pieces , Glacial and Haze, might actually be OK as the background music in a documentary about something mysterious but the other two are just a hellish din that could have been useful in "torturing" terrorists held at Gitmo.
The big question surrounding this album is "why?". Unless you relish the prospect of listening to just under an hour's worth of relentless noise, avoid this. Fans of Bass Communion may say that I just don't get and they would be right. I don't.
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