Next time you're feeling stressed and worn out, find a cosy room with somewhere comfortable to lie, turn out all the lights and sick a copy of this on. If you're not in some way moved by it, transformed by it, warmed by it, then I would seriously suggest you consult a psychiatrist. You are plunged into an icy, isolated landscape, perfect and untouched. You feel alone, but at the same time safe and free. Free to think, free to sit and view Mother Nature all around you - the frozen wasteland, the snow topped pines, the peaks that disappear into the perfect blue sky, the slowly melting lake, the dazzling sun on the frozen ground, the crackling of the fire.
And I consider it a comforting irony that the world of electronic music, so often criticised by outsiders for its lack of instrumental talent and the "heartlessness" that its use of modern electronic technology apparently brings, could create a record that is such a pure, emotional expression of the very antithesis of such modern technology - Mother Nature herself.
As far as I'm concerned, this isn't just the best ambient album ever, but THE best electronically produced album ever. This is as close to perfect as an album can get.