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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a classic
I've a big fan of Ulrich Schnauss, and this album has his trademark blissful chillout feel. I must admit I'd never heard of Mark Peters, but his guitar touches are present and work seamlessly.

The first track "The Messiah Is Falling" has a nice gentle drop at the start, which almost sets the tone of the whole album. It's like stepping into a world of calm,...
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by C. Green

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One notch above average
Quite relaxing, not exciting, not different.

Many sequencies were predictable even on first hearing.

Almost, but not quite, bland "New Age".
Published on 9 May 2012 by Ransen Owen


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a classic, 7 Mar 2012
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C. Green (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've a big fan of Ulrich Schnauss, and this album has his trademark blissful chillout feel. I must admit I'd never heard of Mark Peters, but his guitar touches are present and work seamlessly.

The first track "The Messiah Is Falling" has a nice gentle drop at the start, which almost sets the tone of the whole album. It's like stepping into a world of calm, perfect for a journey home from work. At first listen, some of the tracks might sound a bit simple, but on repeated listening the melodies begin to grow on you. The music becomes almost hypnotic, but I never found it quite as beautiful as his classic "A strangely isolated place".

Notable tracks for me were no. 4 "Yesterday Didn't Exist", which sounds almost like a new Boards of Canada tune. And the last track, "Underrated Silence", is a nice ending to a decent album.

In summary, a nice album which deserves a listen if you enjoyed his previous work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars certainly delivers, but needs to be listened to..., 25 Aug 2012
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Hi there, to me this guy is god. like finding a lush oasis in a barren desolate desert. Whilst not as good as his earlier stuff (which is WORLD class), this album I initially thought was just ok, but have listened to it a lot more and it's rather clever, especially the title track which is a bit of a well, Masterpiece. Perhaps not the best intro to him, but 99% better than anyone else out there that can produce music to soothe ! p.s It has such a cosy night feel about it, just listen and enjoy.....
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated genius, 8 Feb 2012
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I have all Ulrich Schauss' albums and I thought he couldn't surpass 'Far Away Trains Passing By', but he has come mighty close with this collaboration with Mark Peters.
From the moment the album opens with the delicate guitar and lush electronics of 'The Messiah Is Falling', you just know this is going to be a soundscape of quality. If you are aware of Schnauss' other work, you will not be disappointed by this, it's just sublime and slick ambient electronica. The guitar, however adds a new level to Schnauss' other work and that's where Peters must take credit too.
Even the voice on 'long distance call' and 'forgotten' adds to the atmosphere of each track as they build and take the listener on a journey. The standout track for me is 'Ekaterina', which is so, so exquisite. Fans of Blacksand, Stars Of The Lid and Boards Of Canada will like this a lot.
Definitely a recommended purchase if you like your music chilled out and beautifully delicate. Put this on, dim the lights and enjoy the ride!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One notch above average, 9 May 2012
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Quite relaxing, not exciting, not different.

Many sequencies were predictable even on first hearing.

Almost, but not quite, bland "New Age".
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic album, 12 Feb 2012
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Goodbye was an amazing achievement, the previous pinnacle of Schnauss's work. This is less layered than Goodbye but not minimal by any measure. Every track pulls you further in. The guitar work of Mark Peters adds an extra level of involvement in the music, with Judith Beck making her wonderful ethereal contributions to Long Distance Call and Forgotten. It seems a happier album than Goodbye in some ways but does not lack for atmosphere- cinematic is one word that would easily apply to the accomplished creations here. Comparisons can be made to the likes of Eno but really he is quite unique. If you want to get away from it all, this is where to start...
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