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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Stunning Masterwork, 28 April 2013
I have listened to this album for last two weeks and nothing else and feel compelled to writing something about my experience of listening to it. As I understand it, this is a concept album that captures the essence of the band's musicality and the development of Mark Hollis's lyrics over a 9-year period. It's a carefully programmed, low-key affair that invites careful listening, patience and a reflective response to what you have heard. Intelligently constructed, the songs ebb and flow with effortless continuity and the sensation of being lost (in the music) is palpable. Incidentally, I believe the total playing time factor is immaterial with music such as this, it is what is and should be listened to for what it contains rather than what is missing. If you want the so-called "hits", look elsewhere; this album works on very different level. This compilation throws a new light on this mysterious group of musicians and in the context of contemporary song writing, confirms Hollis's position as one of Britain's finest songwriters. Comparisons with Scott Walker and David Sylvian are to my ears obvious but the work of the Hungarian poet, Paul Celan seems to haunt this work with a deep inflection. Taken as a work in it's own right, Natural Order is to my mind, a masterpiece of contemporary British music.