As all reviews are based upon one,s own perception I would not dare to critise those who don,t like this one.Please bear in mind this album is NOT the official follow up to cosmos merely a specially commission for the re opening of the Versailles garden fountain in the summer 08.
So ,we should be grateful that for those of us not there, most of us i suspect!,that we can now enjoy it in the comfort of our own homes( water feature not supplied !).
I have all the other Murcof albums and you can definately hear the linear progression in the feel of the music over the last 3 proper releases i.e. more musicality rather than pure ambient.This album merely picks up where cosmos ended i.m.o.
Now if you don,t like that route then thats up to you(see my comments re same issue re Vidna Obmana,s Spore ,Legacy,Tremors series),an artist could (and some do) repeat the same old formula time afte time.Now if you really like that formula then fine,but come on, after a while there,s only so many times to hear "live for ever "isn,t there ?
I like and respect an artist that progresses with each new release.That is healthy,if you do LOVE a particular style then just put that album on repeat in your ipod with random shuffle !
The music is very hard to describe accurately , but broadly it is Murcof with MORE strings and prominent female soprano all linked with the clicks and bleeps.It does sound very good on my proper hi fi( not just my ipod)and at loud volumes it rattles the room with sub bass tones.
Best played in darkness with a few candles for atmosphere and try to recapture the original setting as it most have been like at Versailles.
So,I like it very much,so will and some won,t - "c,est la vie" as we say here in Yorkshire !?!
bye for now.
richard p .