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Music Has the Right to Children

Boards Of Canada Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000024CAH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Music Has the Right to Children is the moment when Boards of Canada – Scottish brothers Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison – stepped free of the electronic underground and began their relationship with wider audiences.

The 1998 album wasn’t the duo’s first – 1996’s Boc Maxima, a super-limited release through their own Music70 label, ran to over 60 minutes. But it saw such a restricted physical run that Music Has… is deemed the group’s de facto debut.

Boc Maxima and its surrounding EPs, 1995’s Twoism and 1996’s Hi Scores, heavily inform this 17-tracker (expanded to 18 on subsequent reissues). Music Has… features no shortage of older material brought up to date – Smokes Quantity first appeared on Twoism.

But Music Has… is better than a mere summary-to-date of Boards of Canada’s music. It works as a brilliant album in its own right, past work reshaped to suit the pair’s (then) present creative mindsets. It doesn’t hurry its way through an hour-plus run time, but never does a track outstay its welcome.

These are deliciously down-tempo arrangements, which, when allowed to stretch to six minutes (An Eagle in Your Mind, Pete Standing Alone), lock the listener into a deep and fantastical daydream.

Appealingly analogue tones caress clinical circuit-board beats; vocal samples slip between bars, beckoning one to journey deeper into the mix. At its most enveloping – Turquoise Hexagon Sun is a chiming delight; Open the Light an ambient amalgam of twinkles and drones – one may hope the dream never ends.

Music Has… occasionally shows its age, exhibiting a handful of trite trip-hop motifs. These skittering, scratchy moments, like the jittery turntables of Sixtyten, are still very accomplished affairs. But they don’t transcend the era of their inception.

Overall, though, Music Has… is a vital piece of electronica history. Its makers sat easily beside Warp stable-mates Squarepusher and Aphex Twin on cursory evaluation; but their approach has always been more oddball than most peers.

A critical hit – nostalgic and at one with nature, yet resolutely future-facing – Music Has… set the scene for Boards of Canada’s later successes. 2002’s Geogaddi reached 21 on the UK album chart, a tremendous result for music that, in the grand scheme, orbits planet pop at a considerable distance.

--Mike Diver

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 24 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
BOC will never better this album in my opinion. It is a perfect album, in form and function. The bands recent work hasn't equalled this album for me, as a whole this album is close to perfection. In terms of describing the sound, think moody and emotional electronica. I love the hip-hop influenced beats on this album, the first time I listened to An Eagle In Your Mind and Telephasic Workshop I was mesmerised, I kept replaying the 2 tracks endlessly. Their recent albums have never quite recaptured the same beat and percussive influence of this album...but bear in mind their entire body of work to date, which is huge, is all of an incredibly high standard when compared to all but a handful of producers in the whole electronic genre. If you buy one BOC album, buy this one.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES OF GREEN 10 Oct 2002
By Jamal
Format:Audio CD
THIS album has some strange, spiritual connection with nostalgia that I can't quite put my finger on. If you grew up in the late 70's/early 80's and remember how eery synthesisers occupied just about everything on television, then you would understand. Just check out the pounding moogs on Roygbiv, remniscent of the 'video nasty' era horror films, for proof. If you grew up in the times of wild life nature documentaries, video nasties, and open university (also a technological break through era which introduced videos, video games and synthesisers on anything that moved) then listening to songs like Olson, Pete Standing Alone, Smokes Quantity, Open the Light and Kaini Industries will really take you back- its nostalgia in the most purest, organic and authentic possible way. It evokes strange little childhood memories like Speak n' Spells, Atari Games Systems, the green cross code (!) adverts about the dangers of telegraph poles and handy technological gadgets that are in fact the size of breezeblocks. So much so that it saves you seeing embarassing photos of yourself wearing grey A Team T shirts and mullets and parker coats. Olson, in partcular, is the most effective, beautiful and hypnotic 1 and a half min track I've ever heard. A very hypnotic album, best played as you stare out the window on a neutrally sunny day; the sun is beginning to set- and you try to piece together moments of your life in the past when innocence and niavity were cherished, when you didn't feel the weight of the world crush your spirit. Thats whats so effective about this album- it's pure escapism, and once you've sensed these feelings (if you do at all) then you'll keep coming back for more.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love BoC! 10 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
Labelled as being as important an album for the Intelligent Digital Music scene as label mate Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92 landmark, Music Has The Right To Children still sounds as fresh today as it did on its original release back in 1995. Loved by the critics, this album was was one of those 'growers' that never did explode onto the scene. Instead it found favour over time, appearing more and more in peoples CD collections as word of it spread from person to person, eventually settling in its rightful place at the top of the electronica tree.
I've heard Boards Of Canada described as the sound of electronica that Radiohead's dabble in electronica with Kid A should have been. True to form, guitar loving indie kids have found favour with the likes of Telephasic Workshop, getting lost in the hypnotic rhythms that seem to pulse from a near death BBC Radiophonic Workshop synthesiser. The 'less is more' ideal is at work here, with grinding mechanical hip hop beats and bass set against simple, gentle melodies and splintered samples. The best examples of this being the moody Sixtyten with its relentless, humming bass drum or Turquoise Hexagon Sun's gentle floating keys set against crispy beats and coffee house chatter.
Even though the general mood of the album can be described as melancholic, an icy chill out experience, its not a downbeat affair. The album has soothing short interludes scattered throughout it, the best being the triumphant Roygbiv. One of the shorter tracks off the album, the two minutes that it appears for are blissful and leaves you with a smile on your face. Those searching for a standout 'single' from this could do no worse than to head for the lazy funk of the Hair sampling Aquarius, which will have you chanting 'Orange!' to all your friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better with each listen 19 Feb 2004
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When I first listened to this album, it passed me by without me really taking any of it in. This disappointed me, as I thought it meant that the album was bad, but as with all music, I gave it a second chance. Each time I listen to it now, I get something different from it, and I think it depends on what I am doing at the time. This album is best listened to when you are relaxed and can give time to it.
There is a similar quality to all the songs, yet you will have no problem telling where one ends and another begins. It's almost like watching a landscape slowly change over time, with each track representing a new day. One day there is a chill wind blowing, next there is fog, next there is a sunny haze, etc. This music is all about moods, and if you just sit and let it take you where it will you will get the most out of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic 5 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
"THIS album has some strange, spiritual connection with nostalgia that I can't quite put my finger on". This is a comment from a previous review by jamalionerf above, and I totally agree. Something about this album connects you with your childhood. Its like a dream you enjoyed but cant remember or experiencing something new for the first time again, something thats just out of reach of your comprehension but you know its all going to be OK. Mixing deep bass sounds with ghostly samples that blend into something quite superb, this album draws you into a world of the tranquility. I own a lot of CD's, and have seen "Classic's" come and go, but no album, ever, has provided such entertainment as this. For me - this is the Album I was looking for all this time, thank you Boards Of Canada.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars orange orange orange orange
First of many BoC purchases, sublime tracks fit for purpose. Ordered one day, delivered the next, standard delivery. Benefits of living near the warehouse.
Published 2 months ago by mark
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Tone Piece
I am a latecomer to the amazing, down-tempo offerings of Boards of Canada and I have quickly snapped up their back catalogue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of...
...electronic music. That might seem like a bold statement but I believe that it's true. Boards of Canada filter every sound that you've heard and put them through their machines... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Luke Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting use of synthesizer rifts
This is a brilliant 'trip-hop' album and one that can be listened to again and again. Really interesting sounds. A must have.
Published 14 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
If you want to scare people this Halloween then put this album on, it still freaks me out 14 years later!! In fact you don't even need to put it on, just show them the cover.
Published 17 months ago by Iainoco
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly good.
Better than The Campfire Headface even. Perhaps one iffy track overall. If you know BoC you need this one
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Mr. J. Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
This album seems to be able to tap into ones psyche and release a childhood nostalagia. Being a child of the 1970's & early 1980's the first attraction was the cover. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is an absolutely brilliant BOC album and one i love alhtough i have to disagree with many of the other reviews in that it isnt their best. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by B. Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Has The Right To Be Heard!
Having been a long time strict Rock/Indie fan I reluctantly borrowed this album from a friend who told me that I'd like it. He was wrong, I loved it. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2008 by Mr. F. Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare and hidden gem
I picked this up recently having heard the name through someone's Amazon list and being sufficiently curious to locate their Myspace. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2008 by Haz
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