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3.31 | 89 ratings

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4 stars Vangelis is in urban feelings here. It's also conceptual in a way, "a day in the city" type of thing, beginning with dawn and ending with late night. A good finely produced album that definitely can be recommended, though not quite among my biggest favourites. Well, nearly enough.

'Dawn' is beautiful and atmospheric still-half-sleepy opener, reminiscent of some tracks in Blade Runner. 'Morning Papers' starts with footsteps, street sounds and director Roman Polanski (for whom Vangelis composed Bitter Moon soundtrack) asking for a morning paper at a kiosk. Still the intimate sensual feeling... which is then taken over with some more hectic city life in 'Nerve Centre' and 'Side Streets' (both least enjoyed by me). 'Good To See You' is another tasty one, it has a delicious lush beat and voice of a giggling girlfriend speaking to phone. 'Twilight' and its gloomy atmosphere sets in. I might prefer it without Japanese woman speaking - it sounds nice at first but when you don't understand a word... :( I don't recall 'Red Lights' well, probably didn't like it much. 'Procession' is a gorgeous closing track that slowly increases the tension. The City is very cinematic album without being a soundtrack - it is music for the mind's eye - and those who enjoy e.g. Blade Runner will most likely enjoy it. Never mind the boring cover art.

Matti | 4/5 |


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