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Aptly name--luminous and gemlike, best of ambient music
on 8 August 2004
I love Brian Eno and Harold Budd's music. The drifting effect of ambient music is soothing yet interesting to the ear and it really does create an atmosphere in the space in which you are playing it.
The Pearl is mostly treated piano and has that distant, other-worldly sound of ambient music that tends to make one pensive. The first cut, Late October, has that sweet sadness of autumn sensibility and is my favorite on the album.
Many people compare "The Pearl" to "Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors"-- the second of the four Ambient series that starts with the famous "Music for Airports." I think this is similar, but perhaps a touch more structured, though that could be a very subjective opinion. I think this is possibly one of his best albums, one I reach for as a kind of musical tranquilizer or just when I want to strike a mood and play something thoughtful. Highly recommended.