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When Detail Lost Its Freedom [CD]

Brian McBride Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kranky Records
  • ASIN: B000BDGC8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture (For Other Halfs)
2. Piano ABG
3. A Gathering To Lead Me When You're Gone
4. Prelude
5. Our Last Moment In Song
6. Retenir
7. I Will
8. Stringer To Light Feed Frenzy
9. The Guilt Of Uncomplicated Thoughts
10. For Those Who Hesitate
11. Silent Motels
12. Latent Sonata

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding sound artistry 7 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Every time I visit Amazon I check to see if this album has received any reviews, and am quite astonished that it hasn't to date. I have been a little nervous of attempting to review it, because I'm not sure that I can do it justice, but I feel it deserves a go.

In fact this album deserves and I hope it gets or has already had critical acclaim, it deserves rave five star reviews, and it deserves to be seen as an outstanding album by an outstanding artist and composer.

Brian McBride is one of the two artists that make up the brilliant Stars of the Lid, the other being Adam Wiltzie. This is Brian's first solo venture. Adam has also released his own album, The dead Texan, which is also excellent.

When I first heard and read about Stars of the Lid it came across that they were experimentalists in sound. Using mainly guitars and recording onto four track tape recorders producing long atmospheric pieces, as found on all of their albums prior to the most popular release called, The tired sounds of The stars of the lid. On that album they ventured into new territory, producing music rather than just moody atmospheric soundscapes, using other classical based instruments along with guitars.

Clearly this was the direction that they were wanting to go, away from the wonderful long droning ambient pieces towards more emotive music, which is clearly evident to hear on both The dead Texan and When the detail lost its freedom. Both artists have shown that they are more than just two guitarists playing about with guitar sounds, they are very accomplished and musically skilled artists and composers, incorporating into their new musical compositions those earlier Lid sounds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful 1 May 2009
By anig-2
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The review here from 2006 is so appropriate and accurate that he has probably deterred other listeners from attempting to add anything genuine. But votes are important, and I am not adding anything new here.

This album is slightly melancholic, but in a strangely uplifting, and very serene & beautiful, way.

Please buy it if you like ambient or relaxing or just interesting quiet music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great solo album from half of duo Stars Of The Lid 22 Nov 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brian McBride is one half of the duo Stars Of The Lid, who have put together some of my favorite drone music ever with Avec Laudenum and The Tired Sounds Of... Their music inhabits a strange world where classical music turns to goo and melts with drifting guitars in a way that seems to cover my head like a fuzzy blanket on a cold day. Last year, the other half of the duo (Adam Wiltzie) released his first solo effort as The Dead Texan, and now McBride is up with a release created over the course of the last four years, mainly on an ASP X keyboard sampler.

The creation instrument is interesting to note, because like the work of Stars Of The Lid, it has things in common with other work in similar genres, yet inhabits a slightly unique world. With the ASR X, McBride sampled everything from room noise to stringed instruments to vocals and harmonica, then played those sounds and layered them, creating an album that sounds like a unique mutation of his work with Stars Of The Lid. As with the work of his other group, it's an album that needs to be listened to with headphones (or at least in a certain mindset) to appreciate fully.

This isn't music to exercise to (obviously), or even probably cook to, although it does make an amazing accompaniment to winding down and relaxing. It opens with "Overture (For Other Halfs)" and by blending layers of strings and field recordings, the track recalls the amazing work by Gavin Bryars on The Sinking Of The Titanic. From there, "Piano ABG" mixes quiet piano melodies and backwards swirls of other instrumentation while soft static pops and hiss coats everything in a soft haze and "Prelude" sounds like a haunting and dry guitar being played on a keyboard (which is probably what it is), and the effect is enchanting.

When McBride takes on a slightly more structured route, he's still successful, and "Our Last Moment In Song" is easily one of the best tracks on the entire release. With soft white noise, actual guitar, and layered male-female vocals, the slowly building track sounds a bit like Labradford crossed with This Mortal Coil. On "Retenir," McBride conjures up a pulsing world of what sounds like manipulated strings, harmonica, and low end found sound rumbles that sounds like something that needs to be played at the end of man.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hazy blurry dreamlike world, so serene and peaceful 11 Dec 2005
By Aquarius Records - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brian McBride is one half of AQ faves Stars Of The Lid, a group who specialized in somnambulent moonlit guitarscapes, dark and gorgeously lugubrious, and who more recently have begun to explore more lush and epic musical vistas. Some of my favorite late night dreamy drones have come from those Stars, so it's no surprise that McBride's first proper solo outing is just as mysterious and compelling. A lush series of swoonsome smears, warm chordal swells stretched into slow burning minor key sagas, minor key but still strangely hopeful sounding, sun dappled with the first rays of morning light after an endless night of darkness and despair.

Each piece on When The Detail Lost Its Freedom is delicately assembled from minimal violins, gentle piano, moaning trumpets, haunting western guitar, drifting disembodied vocals, and warm reverb, all swirled into indistinct shapes, like opening your eyes first thing in the morning, a hazy blurry dreamlike world, so serene and peaceful. At times, it almost sounds like the most minimal of post rock, but slowed down to a drumless crawl, the occasional vocals definitely remind me of Low, a darkly romantic slowcore, but wherever McBride takes these songs, we're never far from slipping back into a doleful drift of melancholy moods and slow shifting shimmers. It's sort of like staring into a thick cloudy swirl of sound, dense and drifting, with the occasional melody or voice slowly emerging and taking shape before flickering and fading out, dissolving into the swells of surrounding sound. So lovely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - If you love Stars of the Lid, get this 6 Nov 2007
By Ingalls - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Has Richard Wagner been resurrected? Some of these pieces sound as if Wagner helped compose them - not the bombastic, over-the-top Wagner of the overtures, but the quiet Wagner of his slower pieces. McBride is pushing the boundaries of ambient and electronica to something new. Yes, these work great for background ambient sound but they also stand up as modern neo-classical music pieces. Wonderful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars melodies through pipelines 6 Jan 2006
By Paul K. Piff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listening to the album as I write this. A real pleasure. Brian McBride is one half of Stars of the Lid, and this album is very similar to earlier albums, such as Tired Sounds Of.... This album does utilize instrumentation - such as horns and piano - more recognizable than much of the earlier work. McBride has brought in a group of musicians, including the Inland Empire Sumphony Quartet, to help realize the album's virtuosity. In addition, two of the tracks use vocals, but they are used quite successfully as a fitting component to each movement.

Overture (for OTHER HALFS), the album's opening, is a wonderful beginning to an extremely solid work. There are no stand out tracks here; the songs and gestures flow together, creating a wonderful gestalt. Sad, evocative music - an ambient gem.

In his liner notes, McBride includes "Treatments" among the instrumentation he's used for many of the tracks. I can only guess what that means. But I hope that this aural treat is one of many to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 10 Jun 2006
By Brian Allardice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was just at home, cup of coffee to hand, working away of a Saturday morning and listening to CBC Radio 2 on-line - time zones can do strange things to one's listening schedules - as I slowly realised they were playing the most amazing music. So amazing that I showed up late for a meeting having stayed chez moi in order to find out what it was I was hearing. "When the Detail Lost Its Freedom". Wonderful!

Cheers,

dba
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