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3.4 out of 5 stars
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3.4 out of 5 stars
The End Of Trying
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on 18 May 2009
I concur with Gareth in the review above/below. Dakota Suite have created a timeless beauty here. Yes, it is more introspective than their usual output, more downbeat, less immediate, with less variety, perhaps, and certainly not music to party to! However, there is always honesty in their music, an elemental pureness to the simplicity in the arrangements.

Cellos weep, pianos drift with haunting reverb. This is late night music; music not to be shared; music to be played in the dark with the headphones on; sad music, but with emotion and such beauty as to lift you up and bring a smile to your face.

People hear music differently and the reviewer, M.Barnett, has stepped out of his comfort zone - fair enough - but trying to say this album is 'trying to be something that it isn't' does not at all reflect Dakota Suite's style one bit. He/she can't have an appreciation of the rare, understated musicianship and creativity in the music created in all of Dakota Suite's records. After a few spins and in the right environment, this record stands up with the best of their output in many places. It certainly does not deserve the review commented on - also, for the record, a double review from the same person - hence, perhaps the slight irritation and frustration in this review (I apologise for that, but not for this record - it is excellent!)
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on 12 February 2009
I couldn't disagree more with the previous review.

The music of Dakota Suite is sad, poignant, full of lamentations...that's the point. If you want happy pop songs go and buy the latest "Now That's What I Call Music...".

The production is simple and understated as per previous releases and the whole atmosphere is lo-fi...that is the Dakota Suite sound.

Put simply the album is full of the usual sad, elegiac but also faintly uplifting orchestrations that Dakota Suite are renowned for. If you like previous releases you will love this.

If you like gentle, piano-based, poignant compositions this is for you.
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on 21 August 2014
Nothing moves me more than the music of Dakota Suite. Nothing...
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on 4 May 2009
Blimey - like bathing in dark treacle. Throw open the curtains and let the daylight flood in, please. It's good for you and life's too short for wallowing in gloom. Don't get me wrong, I like a bit of melancholia at the right moment, but time after time after time after time after time time after time after time after time after time time after time after time after time after time time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time...................................................................... thud.
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on 10 February 2009
This is really poor. Don't waste your money. It's trying to be something it simply isn't. Nothing endearing, no lasting memorable melodies. Get yourself a bottle of wine for the same price, the enjoyment will last longer. This music would actually drive someone to drink or to suicide. The production is additionally poor - it sounds like someone forgot that speakers have tweeters! I normally love this type of abstract music, but this album is just one boring, screaming edition of a bedroom-musicians mad escapings. Don't give up the day job, that's if you have one.
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