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Harold Budd


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3.99 | 77 ratings

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4 stars The mere concept and achievement of these first 4 declared Brian Eno "AMBIENT" albums deserves 4 Progarchive stars. The bending of the "ambient" language to all possible, Eno wise, structures and the charisma of getting others in the boat, is just like that, full of merit.

If not as musician involved directly Eno worked as producer only inAmbient 3: "Day of Radiance". by a then, not yet "discovered", talented composer who called himself : Laraaji. As a producer as he did with others in all kinds of music fields. (Ultravox another good example).

This "Ambient 2 - The Plateaux Of Mirror (with Brian Eno) OR Brian Eno "Ambient 2 - The Plateaux Of Mirror" (with Harold Budd) has the kind of who owns the work "biz" hassle, it even has two different cover artworks .

Anyway I would not go deeper into that matter.

The music in this "ambient" is a very good example of how, average piano melodies, which are rich and melodical, but without getting that "easy-sweet" mood, can construct environments, without being protagonic and lead to a perfect transfiguration to unorthodox or non average -piano structures without stop sounding like piano pieces. Amazing!

Mr. Budd can be accused of "over-sweetening" some of his work, but in this work, both members, hold each other tightly and at watch, therefore this communion of minds becomes an undivisible unit in constant awareness of the fact that if they move away from the objective, the magic will dissolve as dust.

Great considering also, that this is not a one hour composition but a different songs one hour album that aims to get the naked "non-corny serious side of piano playing" into a different sonic environment , plus the alway lavish touch of Mr, Eno's well known recording/producing antics... What else can I say. ..

****4 PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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