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5.0 out of 5 stars
classic evocative ambience, 6 Nov. 2008
I too am sliding into my late forties and this collection of ambient works consistently works to evoke landscapes and moods that never tire or become formulaic. Echoed by Biosphere and Eluvium in their imagery and use of tonal layers with dripped melodies, Brian Eno remains the original source to my mind.
The collaboration with Harold Budd works well and again the emotional heart is echoed in the White Arcades in his later work whilst 'The Room' and even his earlier 'Pavilion of Dreams'recall this early collaboration.
Simple piano treatments, use of delay and echo and the 'ENOesque treatment of the instrumentation creates a sense of yearning.A single sustained note and subsequent pause ('Steal Away') has terrific poignancy and 'First Light' remains one of the beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
This album just does not tire or age, and every track is an isolated gem , that together make a collection that is to my mind nigh on perfect. Thirty years on and still as fresh...a classic