Most helpful critical review
Disappointing, riskless and unoriginal
on 21 July 2015
I feel compelled to weigh in with a negative review after "blind" buying this on a recommendation, if only to warn people. In my personal opinion, this album is bland. The product description going on about how this album "uniquely combines the light with the dark, the beautiful with the mysterious, in a glorious atmosphere where the worlds of trip hop beats and chill out are made Jon's own personal domain. Sometimes eerie, sometimes majestic, but always profoundly musical" should have given it away, but sadly I did not read it or the reviews here before listening. In case you're interested, the music's never dark in any way unless you classify "teenage love sickness" under that moniker. But I guess the concept "dark" is not well defined and everybody has his or her own opinion on the topic.
To go on, I can understand the appeal this music has for some people, but upon listening I felt I heard it all before. You'd expect to hear this inoffensive "mood music" after being put on hold by the customer service, or in a wellness centre with mood lighting and water gently flowing over some stones, or maybe on a nature video with pebbles flowing and little birds learning to fly... I guess you catch my drift. To me, all the tracks sound interchangeable and polished up to the point of anonymity. Every song seems to be playing the same trick.
If you're late to get into electronic music (perhaps stepping up from mainstream) and/or like your Ulrich Schnauss (I saw his name appearing on a few reviews and completely get the reference) then you will probably like this. If, on the other hand, you like 90's electronic music such as Autechre, System 7, FSOL, ... or perhaps something more recent (Clark) then I would seriously recommend you to check this out before you decide NOT to buy.