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5.0 out of 5 stars Like being wrapped up warm on a winter's day, 17 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Audio CD)
I first came across Selected Ambient Works when rooting through a box of random tapes I found under the bed in my first student houseshare. It was a grim October and I was living in a house on the cliffs of Rottingdean near Brighton, miles from campus and my friends, and I was feeling rather lonely. When I played this album, it was like my mind was being hugged and bought a pint.
From the opening synths and gentle boom of Xtal, Ambient Works is a cosy duvet on a bleak February morning, a Mars Bar after swimming, a snow-covered hill on a sunny day - full of soothing melodies and quiet spaces.
Now, 13 years later, I still put it on when I can't sleep, or when I feel cold or sad, and it greets me like an old friend. I played the tape til it broke and had to buy the CD. I was very much a rock fan when I came across this album, but it introduced me to a side of electronica I hadn't previously been aware of - the after-party, the come down, the morning after, the walk in the park with your headphones on.
Apparently it was massively influential and I suppose that is one reason for picking up this piece of history. But a far greater reason is the timeless beauty of the music. Buy it, love it forever.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2012 20:14:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2012 20:15:19 GMT
Jd Bain says:
Amazing review Ash, this record has the effect and meaning to me too - glad to see I'm not the only one.
In case you've been in a cave for the past 13yrs and haven't heard "Music Has The Right To Children" by Boards of Canada, please buy it straight away.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 08:15:59 GMT
Atticman says:
Thanks JD, that means a lot. Yeah, I have that album, its great! Another recommendation for you - 'Fast Asleep' by Funki Porcini. It has a picture of a lady curled up asleep in a room full of keyboards and synths on the cover. Try and get the version with the DVD chucked in for some very trippy visuals.
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 10:37:23 BDT
D. Turner says:
Thank you for your heart warming review. It's difficult to put into words the beauty of this album but you have captured its magic admirably.

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 13:30:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 13:34:46 GMT
Hawkfiend says:
Dude I have just read your truly wonderful review and instantly placed an order (together with Funki Porcini CD) - counting the minutes till they arrive - With kind regards Hawkfiend

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 21:29:26 GMT
Great review of a truly amazing record. I've still got my old tape as well... Have just listened to Xtal and Tha through headphones for the first time ever... a warm reunion indeed!

Posted on 21 Sep 2014 15:58:21 BDT
Perfect discription of the album. Great review.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2014 12:32:46 BDT
Atticman says:
I'm just now listening to his new one, Spyro, for the first time (thank you Amazon Autorip!!).

So far it feels very much like a direct spiritual successor to this album - which can only be a good thing! Loving it.
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