- 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 (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,662 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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking for instrumental music I came across this and I'm so glad I did. Hopkins continues to produce quality music and this is another example of his genius.Published on 3 Feb. 2014 by TMC
I love Jon Hopkins music,only got into it ,since hearing the sound track to the briilant film monsters,though this is a good album, I feel it's a little more bland ,though there is... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by B. Robinson