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4.2 out of 5 stars
The Versailles Sessions
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on 10 February 2016
Outstanding.. perfect music.. maybe the best by Murcof
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on 20 July 2009
Heard one track from this by chance on Radio 3, "spring in an artificial garden" and it sounded intriguing, so bought the album.

Let'a assume that, like me, you are unfamiliar with the man or his work... i'm sure electronica experts have their own comparisons to make, but to a casual listener this is partly compelling, partly unsettling, but always interesting. Not malevolent music, but... still... a hint of the night around it. This is not music of sunlight, but of shadow.

Forget melody, think long drawn up tonal and textural progressions, with subtle tweaks and changes, and parts of this sound just like they are directly related to Ligety's "Atmospheres". So you could cut and paste this music into the movie 2001, no problem.

I'm sure that tied to a son et lumiere show at Versailles the music might have made more sense, but it still stands on its own two feet as a listening experience. A great listening experience? It seems to take itself very seriously and that might be the problem. It is no great work of art but, nevertheless, it IS a work of art. First track is the most compelling.
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on 17 December 2008
As all reviews are based upon one,s own perception I would not dare to critise those who don,t like this one.Please bear in mind this album is NOT the official follow up to cosmos merely a specially commission for the re opening of the Versailles garden fountain in the summer 08.

So ,we should be grateful that for those of us not there, most of us i suspect!,that we can now enjoy it in the comfort of our own homes( water feature not supplied !).

I have all the other Murcof albums and you can definately hear the linear progression in the feel of the music over the last 3 proper releases i.e. more musicality rather than pure ambient.This album merely picks up where cosmos ended i.m.o.

Now if you don,t like that route then thats up to you(see my comments re same issue re Vidna Obmana,s Spore ,Legacy,Tremors series),an artist could (and some do) repeat the same old formula time afte time.Now if you really like that formula then fine,but come on, after a while there,s only so many times to hear "live for ever "isn,t there ?

I like and respect an artist that progresses with each new release.That is healthy,if you do LOVE a particular style then just put that album on repeat in your ipod with random shuffle !

The music is very hard to describe accurately , but broadly it is Murcof with MORE strings and prominent female soprano all linked with the clicks and bleeps.It does sound very good on my proper hi fi( not just my ipod)and at loud volumes it rattles the room with sub bass tones.

Best played in darkness with a few candles for atmosphere and try to recapture the original setting as it most have been like at Versailles.

So,I like it very much,so will and some won,t - "c,est la vie" as we say here in Yorkshire !?!
bye for now.
richard p .
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on 14 November 2008
Die hard electronica fans of Martes and Remembranza could be sorely disappointed here. Murcof has steered the output of this new album well clear of the glitchy, click-based ambient offerings that made him popular, and opted instead for a concept-sound much closer to the avante-garde (think Nurse with Wound, Zoviet France, possibly Current 93). Unfortunately though, if you are into this genre you may also be less than amazed, as the result loiters somewhere in-between, not quite sure of what it is; it lacks a certain braveness to be truly avante-garde, but at the same time is too obscure to be considered ambient. Not his best work unfortunately.
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on 28 February 2009
Needs a few plays to start getting under your skin. Beware it will take over your head from there as its deeply layered with more to discover on each play. These guys never cease to amaze me.
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on 4 February 2009
I bought this with only previously hearing one track and I didn't think the rest of the album was as good. Others may disagree but it's not for me.
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