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Brian Eno - Ambient 1 - Music for Airports CD (album) cover


Brian Eno


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4 stars First ever album of Ambient music, cornerstone of all ambient genre, developed later. After some years of quite successful solo career and some strong releases, Brian Eno turned on what he will be known about for decades ahead.

Usually there exists two polar opinions on this album's music: some think it's a masterpiece, the work of genius, which changed musical world, and others think that it's just minimalistic album, first on the line of sound wallpaper and background aerial music.

I couldn't name it a real masterpiece, but in my opinion this album is real great work. Brian Eno with help of Robert Wyatt's piano and two female vocalists produced very different and very unusual music (for it's time at least). There is a big difference between compositions on this album and just background music for sure.

First of all, it's atmosphere and emotional fields. Opening track is one of the best ambient composition ever recorded. It starts from nowhere and moves to nowhere. You can't count where is the beginning and in which part of musical composition you are for every moment, it could be finished right now and it could be continued for hours. Comparing with more traditional synth/piano music, sound here is almost emotionless, but at the same time you can hear some small nuances ,so characteristic for Wyatt's solo works.

Compositions with wordless female vocals in combination with rhythm-less liquid sound and minimalistic slightly melancholic piano over it build whole world (life?) around you. All this music is much closer to minimalist composers works than to faceless plastic new age of later decade.

And one more thing - if you want to understand this music maximally, you just need to hear it played live. It happened for me just a year ago, when I listened all "Music for Airports" played in real International airport by live chamber orchestra. With myriads of travellers all around, planes noises and announced arrivals,flight delays and departures. Only by that way you can understand how great this music could be!

snobb | 4/5 |


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