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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 24 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Crimsworth (Audio CD)
How can one describe music that has no structure, no rhythm, no tune, no sense of progression, no obvious reference points? Is it meant to be listened to, or be played in the background while you do something else? Why are there two "tracks" that seem to be identical - or is that just an illusion?

I can only describe its effect, which is like a shimmering stillness or a slowly shifting tapestry of colour and texture. It is like a walk through a forest of shadows and shade and soft rainfall. It is like sitting beside a dark pool and staring into unfathomable depth and losing track of time.

This recording might be called minimalist, except that it seems full of something: sounds, atmospheres, space, tranquility, subtle movement ... layer upon layer. Somehow it draws you in completely. It is unimaginably beautiful.

I have listened to this perhaps hundreds of times, and I never cease to be surprised. How can so little content prove such a rich, rewarding and endlessly changing experience? I never tire of it. It is extraordinarly energising and uplifting. Somehow it restores one's spirit and clears the mind.

If this works for you, then I also recommend Brian Eno's 'Thursday Afternoon'.

Ten New Songs
Ten New Songs
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of songwriting, 19 Oct 2001
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Nine years on - and every day of waiting has been worth it. I thought 'I'm your man' and 'The future' were wonderful, but this is a lifetime's achievement, the result of the most extraordinary reflection and self-transformation. Cohen's lyrics speak of human loss and suffering, with delicacy and compassion, and are married to the most subtle, gorgeous melodies. It's almost addictive. Forget the charts, forget the latest fashion, forget the superficial musings of overrated twentysomethings, and open your ears and heart to music with depth and integrity.

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