Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Pearl - Harold Budd & Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois

What I'm feeling these few months, days, hours... By the way, 'ambient' is over-rated these days, now hear this...

Ned Raggett, writing for Allmusic, stated:
“Acting in some respects as the understandable counterpart to Ambient 2, with the same sense of hushed, ethereal beauty the partnership brought forth on that album, The Pearl is so ridiculously good it instantly shows up much of the mainstream new age as the gloopy schlock that it often is... Another key point is how Budd truly captures what ambience in general can and does mean. "Against the Sky" is a strong example — it can be totally concentrated upon or left to play as atmospherics and is also at once both truly beautiful and not a little haunting in a disturbing sense. Other highlight tracks include the deceptively simple title track, as serene a piece of music as was ever recorded, and the closing "Still Return," bringing The Pearl to a last peak of beauty."

More on Harold Budd. Brian Eno needs no introduction. Record sleeve designed by Russell Mills.

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