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Contact Note

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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Just Music
  • ASIN: B0002NVL76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Divided in three distinct movements, 'Contact Note' slowly evolves into a deep, compelling musical experience concluding with the stunning third part where Jon masters to perfection his skills as a classically trained musician, to give his most abstract work delicate impressionist touches. Classical piano contrasts with drifting atmospheres and twisted rhythms on the dark, edgy and gripping 'Black And Red' - to culminate with the waving synths and sumptuous vocals of the blissful 'Luna Moth', the perfect end of a glorious sonic adventure.

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Format: Audio CD
Never before have I been compelled to write a review about anything for Amazon, but this album is so good that I felt I had to get my thoughts down! I am a fan of the chillout and ambient genre, but am very particular about what I like, and this really hits the spot, and can claim to be one of the best albums I have ever heard.
The music could perhaps best be described as "Deep Ambient/chilled Drum & Bass, with Classical piano and New Age influences, (and some very interesting sound effects), mixed into astonishingly complex, dream-like, layered soundscapes".
I would like to review the tracks individually, but since my academic background is not in music, I'm sure that these wouldn't really do the music justice. However, while all tracks are exceptional, ones that deserve special mention are "Nightjar" and "Black and red".
"Nightjar" is one of my favourite tracks. After an almost cinematic opening, it gradually builds up to a spine-chillingly beautiful piano melody that betrays Jon Hopkins' classical training (Any readers who have heard some of the works of contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Einoudi will have some idea of what I mean), all combined with soft beats and swirling sythesisers.
"Black and Red" is like nothing I have ever heard before, and could be called "experimental". Although it may not be to everyone's liking, it is another of my favourites. It starts with scratching sound effects, which decay over a deep bass rumble, building up to a minimalist, almost sinister, piano tune, with rumbling bass and distorted vocals. This merges into what can best be described as a "1950s flying saucer" sound effect, which suddenly cuts out into twinkling synthesisers followed by swirling atmospheres , gradually fading to an ethereal ambient piece.
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Jon Hopkins remains the best kept secret in the chill out/ ambient genre - but with 'Contact Note' he is sure to achieve the success he so richly deserves.
After listening to his critically acclaimed and musically rich debut 'Opalescent', the wait began for the follow up. Though 'Opalescent' is definately worth checking out for the freshness of its sound and both impressive and evoking melodies - 'Contact Note' demonstrates a maturity and development in it's complexity which was, perhaps, the only ingredient missing in the talented Hopkins' impressive debut.
In 'Contact Note', the 'comfort' factor of 'Opalescent' is less evident and is replaced by a more challenging, yet ultimately far more rewarding record in which the progression in Hopkins' own ability is obvious. His inspired use of voices on 'Second Sense' is one such example and the quality of the production on the whole record is nothing less than remarkable. That much of the music is already being used for adverts and tv is unsuprising as each song holds its own unique sound, resonance and feel.
Bottom line: a truly brilliant record that deserves to rocket Hopkins to great success and acclaim - beautifully melodic, haunting and atmospheric - 'Contact Note' is a sublime achievement and brings with it that insatiable appetite for more. And this, with only two records to his name, is my only complaint!!!
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Having had this album, due to a number of reviews in various mags, for about 5 months without really appreciating it, I started listening to it again over a quite weekend at my Wifes parents house and I simply have not stopped listening to it since. This is a grower! There are very few obvious melodic tracks, but its the textures that draw you in, forget melodies, just listen to the sounds, the ideas, the scope. It is probably the best produced album I have heard in years with buckets of ideas, and unexpected turns. You should also listen in stereo on headphones where it really shines, and is one of those rare albums where you discover something new each time you listen. Beautifull!!
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Disappointing set from Jon. If you want a great ambient style Hopkins CD head straight to Opalescent which is lovely. If you want a more demanding, glitchy, but rewarding ride - go for Immunity. This lacks the melody and mood of the former and the interest, variety and drive of the latter. Mr Hopkins has so much talent and that makes this even more of a shame - boring drum patterns, almost trying to avoid melody or emotional connection. Save your cash and buy better output from this evolving and gifted musician.
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By TMC on 3 Feb. 2014
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If you like music without lyrics it's worth trying this, perhaps sampling some tracks first, just to check. That's what I did and I haven't regretted buying this one little bit - excellent cd all the way through.
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Jon Hopkins offers a kind of shimmering fragility to his music, which alternates between a range of qualities, such as the serene pleasures of euphoric vocals, a jittery nervousness overlaying more mainstream sounding songs, the simplicity of a piano piece, right out to the darker tones of down tempo. Though some songs can be more vehicular in nature -- merely moving the listener from one song to the next -- that said, the whole is greater than the sum of it's constituent parts. Contact Note is firmly established as a favourite album of mine.
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