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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Just Music
  • ASIN: B00005N8JG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This extraordinary debut uniquely combines the light with the dark, the beautiful with the mysterious, in a glorious atmosphere where the worlds of trip hop beats and chill out are made Jon's own personal domain. Sometimes eerie, sometimes majestic, but always profoundly musical.

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This album was bought on an annoyingly enthusiastic recommendation from a mate so, as you can imagine, my expectations were both very high and negative - not the best combination when listening to an album for the first time.
However, I have to admit 'Opalescent' is a remarkable album which show maturity that should be far beyond the youth of Jon Hopkins. Despite its 'chill out' label, the album is actually far more musical than one has any right to expect, and in this way retains an originality that bands such as zero 7 and groove armada can only hope for.
It is a laid back and relaxing record - but this does not do it justice for it's subtle complexities demand listening rather than just hearing - and thus 'opalescent' is far more than simply 'background music'.
In fact, this stands up against any ambient or 'chill out' (or whatever you want to call it) record in the last decade - and can conceivably be held to come out on top!! An awesome listening experience.
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This album was bought on an Amazon recommendation, the description at the time didn't do it justice, I defy anyone looking for a varied listening experience to dislike this album, it has a polished production style, beautifully constructed percussion and beats, dreamy and haunting melodies, great when you need to be uplifted, great when you need to calm down. For a first album this is an absolute belter and really does deserve the praise already given. I am very much looking forward to the next album which I believe Jon is working on at the moment, he has set himself a high standard on the first outing, but I am hoping he can excell himself, fingers crossed.
Reviewers have said that this is the album William Orbit should have made to finish the strange Cargo series. I see their point, but the two are very different, and both are now vying with each other in my collection for late night and sunny afternoon plays, I think there may be no answer, they will just have to take turns.
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Jon hopkins is a genius! i've decided - opalescent conveys a maturity that is not easily believed if one considers jon's age. A beautiful ambient/chill out album which is surely going to become a cult classic.
sorely underated i guess because of its difficult to market sound. It's originality prevents it ever becoming cliched. i heard him first on one of those chill out compilations but he really is vastly superior to his opposition who's albums seem to consist of no more than two or three good tracks. there really isn't a bad track on opalescent.
ok so u might think i'm getting carried away - just give it a try and see whether you agree. Even the eco-friendly packaging is great - what more can i say?
a hugely ambitious and successful project! and a very welcome suprise to a lot of the rubbish in the charts at the moment.
Sultry, sexy and perfect to unwind to - an awesome achievement!
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Just picked up this album after a friend pointed me in its direction. Bought it from the labels web site after checking out the samples. Some great stuff on here. It's clear that Mr.Hopkins is obviously a very talented musician. Musically this album is very accomplished - Nice acoustic guitar parts, Pianos & other instruments as well as plenty of ambient synthesisers & subtle drum programming. Gorgeous melodies throughout & on the whole it has a very uplifting & gentle vibe. Fans of Ulrich Schnauss's 2nd album (A strangely isolated place) will probably be right at home with this.
Another reviewer already mentioned one track was used on a TV series (Sex & the city) & I would be surprised if the name Jon Hopkins did not start appearing on film soundtracks before long (if indeed it has not already). On the strength of this album I'd say his talents would be well suited to film scoring.
My only gripe is that things get a little too fluffy in parts. In places the melodies are so sickly sweet it feels like the music is trying just a bit to hard to reach europhic hights of ambient bliss! In other places things veer dangerously close to the kind of Ambient noodlings you might expect to find in the sort of shops that specialise in Incense, crystals & literature on the secrets of opening your third eye! Personally I like my Ambient & Electronica a little less floaty than this & slightly more challenging but that’s just my personal opinion. This definitely goes right at the 'floaty' end of my Ambient/Electronica music collection (right next to 'A strangely isolated place'). It's certainly a very nice album.
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What a pleasant surprise it was to discover this fine budding artist.

The review title says it all, really: if you like either of those artists, you'll probably like Jon Hopkins. Specifically, the overlaying of guitar material with electronica echoes The Campfire Headphase, and the general harmonic feel (along with the pervasively dreamy mood) is very Schnauss, but at the same time, a distinctive voice peeps through the cracks.

I'll be following this man's output very closely in the coming years. In the meantime, you can start by buying this album if you haven't already.
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