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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Darla Records
  • ASIN: B000P6R6K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This, for my money, is the album that The Moon and the Melodies never quite managed to be all those years ago. I have always felt that the earlier album was a bit of a missed opportunity to get the best out of these two, very different, masters of ambient aesthetics. Far more could have been achieved if they had simply switched the drum machine off and (whisper it) put Liz Fraser a little further back in the mix.

If you know the excellent Mysterious Skin soundtrack from 2005, you'll know these two have already shown that they can work well together without those distractions. If you're wondering how this album differs from Mysterious Skin, well, I don't suppose it really does differ all that much. I might say the two musicians are a bit better integrated on this album -- they weave their instruments together more effectively, whereas on Mysterious Skin the individual tracks are perhaps more dominated by one or the other instrument, guitar or keyboard. But that might just be a subjective evaluation on my part. Basically, if you like what Guthrie and Budd normally do, then you'll like Before the Day Breaks; if you don't, then you might as well not be reading this.

For those who like what they hear and want more, I should add that they actually recorded and released two different albums at the same time. The other one is called As the Night Falls and is also available here on Amazon. The two albums are much the same in sound and character, and I guess the ideal thing would be to have them both, because they really are companion pieces. But if you only want one, well, this'll do just as well as the other. Depends which cover you like the best, I suppose.

Serene, relaxing, abstract and remote. Perfect for a bright cold winter's afternoon. Or any other time of year, for that matter.
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Even in a congested ambient world a collaboration between the pioneering Harold Budd and Mr. Shoegaze himself, Robin Guthrie, is a mouth- watering prospect. Teaming up for the first time since The Cocteau Twins "The Moon and the Melodies" in 1986, these two legends prove beyond doubt that they are kindred spirits.

The fruit of their labours are these eighteen movements spread over two companion discs, "After the Night Falls" and "Before Day Break Arrives". This affiliation captures the atmosphere of the world in its most serene states. Either, just as it is settling into its nocturnal lethargy or in the early hours of the morning, when the sky is nothing more than a blurry red hue.

Former Cocteau Twin, Guthrie, layers his trademark celestial guitar work over Budd's sombre piano arrangements throughout, both elements blend seamlessly aided by the fact that everything is literally soaked in reverb. Melodies develop in a slow-shifting manner, generating a sense of anticipation using a seemingly endless supply of tremolo guitar tones. Just before the point of frustration, the duo will deliver a subtle chord change that brings about an unrivalled release of tension.

Budd and Guthrie construct a warm blanket of sound for the most part; the listener will take comfort in the soft velvet tones and frothy undercurrents. With each track sounding as if it was recorded somewhere distant, guitars notes cascade like waterfalls, while Budd weaves his tantalizing piano tones around.

These eighteen movements don't particularly register as single entities. These recordings are intended to be absorbed as a whole. There is a sense of joy on closing number "Turn on the Moon", for example.
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Robin and Harlod are a perfect combination for a music. (something like Fripp and Sylvian). After a splendid Mysterious Skin, now they present a 2 albums with splendid 18 tracks with beautiful poetry for your soul. If you like Mysterious Skin and The Moon and the Melodies then this is a realy fantastic gift for their fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As beautiful as its counterpart. 22 Oct. 2007
By M. Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with the sister cd "After the Night Falls", this is beautiful relaxing ambient music.
I too wonder why the 2 cd's were not simply released as a single disc, given their length. This way however you do get the individual and complimentary cover art!!
Fans should also try the soundtrack to "Mysterious Skin".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ambient music you will indulge in 2 April 2008
By Manny Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I barely became aware of the release of this album in early 2008 (it came out in mid-2007). Yet, since I found out about it, it's become a fixture in my iTunes playlist. The ethereal sound of Harold Budd (one of the early creators of Ambient music along with Brian Eno) blends in impeccably with the guitar work of Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins fame) to yield an album that you will indulge in time and again.

Along with the companion After The Night Falls, this is an album you will find yourself listening in times of trouble and in times of joy equally, non-intrusive music that you can work to and write to as much as you can mellow to.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East of Midnight with Budd & Guthrie 20 Jan. 2008
By Winslow Bunny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie, a pair of legendary names in the ambient music world, created a two-album theme of music and emotions with Before The Day Breaks and After The Night Falls. Creating a kind of minimalist sound with these albums, the pair have created relaxing ambient music demonstrating that sometimes less is more, and better. Both are excellent for unwinding after work, for quiet times and perhaps even catching your breath at work. This is a definite recommendation for those who want their music a little calmer & quieter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chill And Wash 6 April 2008
By sonyactivision - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Collaboration continues. This second installment of the binary 2007 release from Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie brings more sonic landscaping and oceanic tumult from the two arguably best figures of the genre. More sharply focused and signatory than their "After The Night Falls", this album delivers that evocative Harold Budd mysticism and Robin Guthrie's guitar washes in full effect. Fans of Marconi Union and O Yuki Conjugate must have this; fans of both Messrs. Budd and Guthrie should already have this.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans 6 Dec. 2007
By Christopher Wild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of the Cocteau's Moon and the Melodies, you will enjoy this continuation. Sure, Budd and Guthrie have both had many stylistic changes over the years, and have experimented with various mutations, but there's no denying that when they collaborate, as on MM, something beautiful happens. Fans and newcomers will not be disappointed.
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