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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy as hell...,
This review is from: Memory Lake (MP3 Download)Had heard Shards of Reason described as 'ambient jazz' - not really my kind of thing, but I bought it thinking it would be the kind of pleasant sounds which I could put on while working, the unobtrusive aural equivalent of Radox or magnolia paint. But Memory Lake is much, much more demanding than that, and, after the first 30 seconds or so at least, impossible to ignore - great sounds and jazzy textures, for sure, but excellent tunes too, married to the kind of rhythmic muscularity that puts me in mind of Air's early work, or St.Etienne or even Pink Floyd's more meditative passages. All of which will no doubt horrify its creators, but it's my way of saying that it's groovy as hell and I really like it. A great soundtrack for the rest of summer, 2012...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lake deserves a much wider audience ...,
This review is from: Memory Lake (MP3 Download)To quote Wikipedia, "A symphonic poem or tone poem is a piece of orchestral music in a single continuous section (a movement) in which the content of a poem, a story or novel, a painting, a landscape or another (non-musical) source is illustrated or evoked."
Shards of Reason's latest release, "Memory Lake" seeks to provide evocations of various locations which hold special meanings for the band members and they succeed in buckets ... The bands' own web-site seeks to explain the inspirations for the tracks but to be honest, not knowing is not going to spoil the listening experience (though a google search of the bands name will locate them).
The music simply manages to paint landscapes in the listeners mind and heighten the experience for it ... be they a deserted windswept beach, a tumbling stream in a hidden Pennine Dale or the neon signs of a Japanese city seen through a rain strewn taxi window ...
Having owned the album for a fortnight, I'm still hearing new things and can't stop listening again and again. The production and musicianship is of a professional quality that amazes which surpasses (in my unworthy opinion) some that are released on major labels and deserves a wide audience and more success than this humble listener can inspire.
Other people have talked about this album being "nu-jazz" or "ambient jazz" but put aside genres, I can only say ...
This Album is simply WONDERFUL! Buy it and put it on LOOP!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and innovative,
This review is from: Memory Lake (MP3 Download)I played this the first time and liked it. Played it a second and noticed new stuff. Played it a third and fourth and fifth... ad infinitum and each time discovered new layers. Memory lake (for me) fuses various styles of jazz, ethereal, ambient - it's such an easy listen (but not at all superficial). It's the sort of music you can have on in the background (charming and soothing troubled souls), in the car (wonderful in a traffic jam) or whilst working. I find it the perfect companion.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how David Sylvian would like to sound,
This review is from: Memory Lake (MP3 Download)This album was brought for me for my birthday, it's production shows great skill and vision with beautiful sounds, textures and layers. I think this is how David Sylvian would like to sound. my only problem with this album is I wanted more! (please sir) Can't wait for their next album. 5***** for these guys
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes..,
This review is from: Memory Lake (MP3 Download).. you don't need to compare or dissect a record.
analyse or prevaricate about it.
just put it on & let it play~
soak it in, let it fill your home & head.
drive, read, run, eat, be quiet to & with it.
buy it for friends, people who matter
people who you know'll Get It.
this is one of those.
buy 2, 1's bound to get nicked.
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