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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. How Distant Your Heart (4:04)
2. Avenue Of Shapes (3:28)
3. Seven Thousand Sunny Years (6:19)
4. She Is My Strength (2:53)
5. Inside, A Golden Echo (3:25)
6. Open Book (5:17)
7. And Then I Turned Away (3:31)
8. The Girl With The Colorful Thoughts (4:27)
9. Turn Off The Sun (4:59)

Total time 38:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Harold Budd / performer, composer
- Robin Guthrie / performer, composer, mixing & production

Releases information

CD Darla Records ‎- DRL182 (2007, US)

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(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by Dobermensch
4 stars 'After the Night Falls' is similar in a lot of ways to the 'Cocteau Twins' "Victorialand"album minus the ethereal vocals of Liz Frazer. Huge reverb is used on guitars and piano throughout this dreamy album which floats along like Moses in his little box streaming down the river Nile.

Both this and 'Before the Day Breaks' are absolutely identical and should have been released as a double album. There's nothing surprising to any listeners who have heard any albums by these composers before. You get what you pay for... Beauty and late night listening where, no matter the volume, you won't annoy even the smallest mouse that may be gnawing its way through a bag of crisps on your floor as you try desperately to get to sleep with bad thoughts going through your head...

As usual with all 'Budd' albums he appears to dominate proceedings despite his non intrusive persona and quietness. An exquisitely beautiful album which is vocal free, beatless and extremely melodic.

If you're a fan of French composer Erik Satie, you'll love this.

The only downside is that it can be a bit miserable if you're not in a good frame of mind... like me...

Review by colorofmoney91
2 stars Essentially a "part two" of the previous album, but with no new statements to make.

Before the Day Breaks was a decent album that proved that Harold Budd still knew how to create emotionally evocative ambient music, and Robin Guthrie's ethereal guitar tone added a little bit of variety when compared to Budd's back-catalog, even if the individual arrangements and the album as a whole had that stagnant "oh, this sounds like Harold Budd" aura. However, finishing up the first Budd/Guthrie duology (minus the soundtrack work) with After the Night Falls adds absolutely nothing new to their formula.

The mood on this album is slightly less of a gloomy overcast and more of a quiet, contemplative one. Though this is a difference in sound from the previous album, it's not very significant at all -- the compositions, though dreamy and ambient, more or less sound nearly identical to what was done before on Before the Day Breaks.

The drifting keyboards and guitars heavily effected with reverb weaving between dense ambient soundscapes are undoubtedly beautiful, which is an adjective that almost always appropriately describes Harold Budd's music, but there is absolutely nothing engaging about this album at all. So, background music? Yes, but it's not even very interesting in that respect either. Though the compositions on the previous album had some real feeling to them, these compositions never develop within themselves of within the context of the entire album's duration. The previous collaboration between these two musicians had two standout tracks, but I can detect none on this album, and it seems like this duo have finally run out of worthy ideas.

I really wanted to like this album considering that Before the Day Breaks showed some real promise, and the soundtrack to Mysterious Skin released before it showed even more promise. Unfortunately, After the Night Falls shows that promise breaking down and falling away. Following this album, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie decided to take a break from each other for a few years, which I honestly have to say was probably the right call to make.

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