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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dial
  • ASIN: B003TE9BIQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Having written a review of Efdemin's Decay, I had a look back to see how my favourite Dial LPs have been reviewed. To my surprise, 'Glass Eights' has no reviews, which really isn't right. John Roberts is amazing. I'd never even heard of him before last March and to my luck he was playing at Oval Space at the Dial all-nighter with Pantha Du Prince, Lawrence & Carsten Jost. And, what's more, he completely stole the show. His live set put the music from 'Glass Eights' and his latest album, entitled 'Fences' into one mesmerising whole. I was blown away.

Glass Eights is a very intelligent blend of deep house, tribal and minimalism. Its very percussive, very cleverly layered and very distinctive. Nobody sounds like John Roberts, but yet it still sounds very much in keeping with the Dial sound, in the same way Pantha Du Prince is distinctive yet perfect for the label.

Glass Eights is superbly produced and also very emotive. My favourite track is the hauntingly beautiful 'Ever or Not', which combines echoing, simple piano play with heavy drops that explode the record into life. But by no means is this the only highlight; Dedicated & Navy Blue are also as good as nearly anything you can find released on Dial.

This is my favourite album that I've come across on Dial so far. I still have much digging into the back catalogue of this great label, but I really can't recommend this album enough to Electronica fans.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a little bit but then BAM 21 Oct. 2013
By J. Dermeyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Some reviewer on the discogs page said that ppl are gonna be hurt by this. That is awesome. The first song is okay. The second song is better. By the fifth, well, you won't remember how it got so rad. BTW this is melodic deep house I guess? Here is that thing I was talking about:

"Ok, so I gave this album the time that it deserved before posting this. I must say, without a doubt, this album is going to hurt many, many people. It's off the charts. John Roberts steps up to the plate BIG and swings for the fence. He doesn't fan, that's for sure.

Every track is carefully crafted; they're robust compositions. Not polished disposable turds. I'm going to spare you the chatter about chords and pads, keys and melodies. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. It's deep as f***!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Roberts - Glass Eights 17 May 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though John Roberts' compositions sound simple -- a piano chord here, a beat there -- it's the simplicity that makes them explode. From the first track off Glass Eights, "Lesser," you can hear how he structures a few piano lines into something deep and emotive. Similarly, "Ever Or Not" sounds crystalline and fragile, though it doesn't shatter once the beat kicks in. "Dedicated" takes the tones down several octaves and introduces some woozy synths, while the reversed sounds of "Navy Blue" add a surreal touch before the other layers seep in. "Pruned" has a loping beat, like a dog missing a leg, while the gentle loops that starts off "August" soon morph into stabs of sound. "Went" has the trappings of a symphonic jazz track with its plucked bass and strings, and "Glass Eights" closes the album back on a deep house tip. Marvelous.
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