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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid ~ Bob Dylan
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
There are, it must be said, basically only two tunes on this album, neither of which is particularly memorable in itself. There's the 'Billy' theme, and the 'Cantina / Knockin' on Heaven's Door' theme. The album really consists of variations on these two themes, some instrumental and some with slight lyric changes. (There's also some frenetic hillbilly nonsense with a banjo and fiddle that lasts for about two minutes in the middle of the album, but we won't let that detain us here.)

Anyhow, while the limitations of the album are hard to deny, I find that when played through from start to finish this is actually a very satisfying work. The simplicity of the music gives it a kind… Read more
Minima Moralia ~ Chihei Hatakeyama
Minima Moralia ~ Chihei Hatakeyama
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is very tranquil, relaxing, ambient music from the same label (Kranky) that brought us acts like Stars of the Lid and Loscil. The music on this album sounds rather similar to those artists, though I would say that here there is a little more emphasis on melody. Not the kind of melody that demands your attention, of course; rather, wispy splinter-like fragments of tune that drift in and out of the music without ever taking it over.

The contrast between these splinters of melody and the ever-present underlying drone makes for an interesting multi-layered listening experience; this contrast is also underlined by the intelligent use of acoustic instruments throughout. Most of… Read more
Before the Day Breaks ~ Robin Guthrie
Before the Day Breaks ~ Robin Guthrie
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This, for my money, is the album that The Moon and the Melodies never quite managed to be all those years ago. I have always felt that the earlier album was a bit of a missed opportunity to get the best out of these two, very different, masters of ambient aesthetics. Far more could have been achieved if they had simply switched the drum machine off and (whisper it) put Liz Fraser a little further back in the mix.

If you know the excellent Mysterious Skin soundtrack from 2005, you'll know these two have already shown that they can work well together without those distractions. If you're wondering how this album differs from Mysterious Skin, well, I don't suppose it really does… Read more