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This review is from: The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities (Audio CD)
Have to disgree with the reviewer who thought this album 'low on value'. It's roughly the equivalent of a double vinyl album, and quality throughout. Although 'Serpent in Quicksilver' is full of interest, and soft, ambient melody lines, 'Abandoned Cities' is the real dark and mysterious masterpiece here. From the opening chords of 'Dark Star' your journey into the unknown begins: a warm, rich register into a galactic soundscape. However, for my money, 'Abandoned Cities' is the 'magnum opus' here: achingly lovely emotive melodies of loss and emptiness which reflect the title superbly. This is music you want to hold close to you, and reassure it that all will be well in the end. The only other score which I feel captures that sense of desolation as well, was Ry Cooder's 'Paris, Texas'; but that was a much more stripped-down, spare sound; here it is a richer, deeper, warmer, yet still desolate, black magic. Do you enjoy exploring abandoned places? If you do, let Harold Budd take you down some dark alleyways...