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Opalescent [CD]

Jon Hopkins Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Just Music
  • ASIN: B00005N8JG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

This extraordinary debut uniquely combines the light with the dark, the beautiful with the mysterious, in a glorious atmosphere where the worlds of trip hop beats and chill out are made Jon's own personal domain. Sometimes eerie, sometimes majestic, but always profoundly musical.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an Astounding Achievement 9 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was bought on an annoyingly enthusiastic recommendation from a mate so, as you can imagine, my expectations were both very high and negative - not the best combination when listening to an album for the first time.
However, I have to admit 'Opalescent' is a remarkable album which show maturity that should be far beyond the youth of Jon Hopkins. Despite its 'chill out' label, the album is actually far more musical than one has any right to expect, and in this way retains an originality that bands such as zero 7 and groove armada can only hope for.
It is a laid back and relaxing record - but this does not do it justice for it's subtle complexities demand listening rather than just hearing - and thus 'opalescent' is far more than simply 'background music'.
In fact, this stands up against any ambient or 'chill out' (or whatever you want to call it) record in the last decade - and can conceivably be held to come out on top!! An awesome listening experience.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars up there with William Orbit 5 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was bought on an Amazon recommendation, the description at the time didn't do it justice, I defy anyone looking for a varied listening experience to dislike this album, it has a polished production style, beautifully constructed percussion and beats, dreamy and haunting melodies, great when you need to be uplifted, great when you need to calm down. For a first album this is an absolute belter and really does deserve the praise already given. I am very much looking forward to the next album which I believe Jon is working on at the moment, he has set himself a high standard on the first outing, but I am hoping he can excell himself, fingers crossed.
Reviewers have said that this is the album William Orbit should have made to finish the strange Cargo series. I see their point, but the two are very different, and both are now vying with each other in my collection for late night and sunny afternoon plays, I think there may be no answer, they will just have to take turns.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply astonishing! 16 July 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jon hopkins is a genius! i've decided - opalescent conveys a maturity that is not easily believed if one considers jon's age. A beautiful ambient/chill out album which is surely going to become a cult classic.
sorely underated i guess because of its difficult to market sound. It's originality prevents it ever becoming cliched. i heard him first on one of those chill out compilations but he really is vastly superior to his opposition who's albums seem to consist of no more than two or three good tracks. there really isn't a bad track on opalescent.
ok so u might think i'm getting carried away - just give it a try and see whether you agree. Even the eco-friendly packaging is great - what more can i say?
a hugely ambitious and successful project! and a very welcome suprise to a lot of the rubbish in the charts at the moment.
Sultry, sexy and perfect to unwind to - an awesome achievement!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boards of Canada meets Ulrich Schnauss 3 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
What a pleasant surprise it was to discover this fine budding artist.

The review title says it all, really: if you like either of those artists, you'll probably like Jon Hopkins. Specifically, the overlaying of guitar material with electronica echoes The Campfire Headphase, and the general harmonic feel (along with the pervasively dreamy mood) is very Schnauss, but at the same time, a distinctive voice peeps through the cracks.

I'll be following this man's output very closely in the coming years. In the meantime, you can start by buying this album if you haven't already.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising debut 11 Nov 2005
By db73
Format:Audio CD
Just picked up this album after a friend pointed me in its direction. Bought it from the labels web site after checking out the samples. Some great stuff on here. It's clear that Mr.Hopkins is obviously a very talented musician. Musically this album is very accomplished - Nice acoustic guitar parts, Pianos & other instruments as well as plenty of ambient synthesisers & subtle drum programming. Gorgeous melodies throughout & on the whole it has a very uplifting & gentle vibe. Fans of Ulrich Schnauss's 2nd album (A strangely isolated place) will probably be right at home with this.
Another reviewer already mentioned one track was used on a TV series (Sex & the city) & I would be surprised if the name Jon Hopkins did not start appearing on film soundtracks before long (if indeed it has not already). On the strength of this album I'd say his talents would be well suited to film scoring.
My only gripe is that things get a little too fluffy in parts. In places the melodies are so sickly sweet it feels like the music is trying just a bit to hard to reach europhic hights of ambient bliss! In other places things veer dangerously close to the kind of Ambient noodlings you might expect to find in the sort of shops that specialise in Incense, crystals & literature on the secrets of opening your third eye! Personally I like my Ambient & Electronica a little less floaty than this & slightly more challenging but that’s just my personal opinion. This definitely goes right at the 'floaty' end of my Ambient/Electronica music collection (right next to 'A strangely isolated place'). It's certainly a very nice album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I tried it
Looking for instrumental music I came across this and I'm so glad I did. Hopkins continues to produce quality music and this is another example of his genius.
Published 8 months ago by TMC
3.0 out of 5 stars Varied
I love Jon Hopkins music,only got into it ,since hearing the sound track to the briilant film monsters,though this is a good album, I feel it's a little more bland ,though there is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Big composer of now
I like so much music by Jon Hopkins. Especially the first three albums. Jon is great composer. Thank you for that.
Published 13 months ago by enzo.molinari
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
I can't really rate this, as it was a present. The person I bought it for loved this artist, so loved this CD (Thanks for the positive feedback, not sure how someone else can say... Read more
Published 19 months ago by I write reviews on the toilet
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
I'm very much taken by instrumental electronic mood music, like John Hopkins, Ulrich Schnauss et cetera. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Wayne Smallman
4.0 out of 5 stars Chill out CD
A classic gem which many may not have heard. If you like electronic music that is designed to make you feel relaxed, look no further. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by D. sprague
5.0 out of 5 stars My ears have come home...
I could spend all night embellishing my feelings and experiences through this music, but I won't. I can't. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by LifeLover
5.0 out of 5 stars A new master
Just a fantastic set of high quality chills, on the surface (!)
Gets beter & better with each listen.
Highly reccomended
Published on 21 Nov 2009 by Mr. John Mcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I pretty much ditto all the previous reviews of this album.
I heard one track (cold out there) on a online radio station and decided to purchase the album and I'm so glad I... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2008 by Mr. R. J. Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice ambient soundscapes-nothing too challenging...
fans of spacey synth-based ambient that doesn't decend into chaotic buzz-click sequenced random BS (as alot of supposed electronica does) will enjoy this
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Published on 23 Jun 2008 by J. Cooper
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