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4.0 out of 5 stars A must if you want to dig deeper..., 18 Dec 2010
This review is from: Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire for an Aquatic Life (Audio CD)
A short review this; I was introduced to Stars of The Lid via their quite-rightly 5-star rated album "And their refinement of the decline". I am guessing that most readers of this review bought that album first and are now looking through their back catalogue. To be honest, after buying "Refinement" I never had the same affection for "The Tired Sounds" bar the incredible opening track "Requiem for Dying Mothers"; however this album is radically different from the more recent material and is therefore highly recommended. To be honest I'll struggle to describe this album without descending into pretension; suffice to say it's a lot 'darker' sounding than their last two albums; most of the tracks are slow builders without some of the melody of "Refinement.."; instead they feature a lot of multi-layered echo and space and generally conjure up a pretty foreboding atmosphere as they unfold. Quality stuff and a definite recommendation - a half-way house between "Refinement" and other artists such as Tim Hecker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk Through A Submerged Forest., 7 April 2008
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Phil Cresswell (Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire for an Aquatic Life (Audio CD)
This is a beautiful record, awash with SOTL's signature drone punctuated by piercing rays of resolution and hope. The central piece, Cantus 2 ; In Memory Of Warren Wiltzie establishes a backdrop canvas of underwater ambience, like floating under polar icecaps, until a single note repeats like a sonar signal to give the piece gravity and warmth. Outstanding. The real secret I feel to SOTL being head and shoulders above the rest in this musical field is their instinctive ability to do the unexpected, but the perfect thing for that moment and the musical alchemy which is to be very still, but speak volumes. To compare to another field of the arts, acting : Will Smith and a young Robert DeNiro : one is a results orientated performance, the other is just it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good ambient album, 14 Oct 2009
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J. HALLIDAY "jimbob" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire for an Aquatic Life (Audio CD)
this is an ace ambient album - the individual tracks are solid and the album plays through as a whole very well. I have heard it 10-12 times in the last week and its a strong album. Over the years I occassionally go through an ambient phase, and generally dislike wishy-washy ambient; however this is a dark CD and is ambient 'with personality'.. its not just 'blah'. if that makes any sence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like this one., 7 Aug 2013
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Here is my amazing review: I bought it a while ago and I am still listening to it. Review over.
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