Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlastRadius USER (1 Reviews)
December 16th, 2011 | 12 replies | 6,552 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredible and interesting piece crafted by the ambient mastermind, Brian Eno.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Simplicity. What would you define it as? For many it is tagged as boring , and just doesn’t give a good feel. But what if there was something so simple yet beautifully crafted it actually gave a name for itself? Brian Eno's near perfect release, Ambient 1: Music for Airports falls heavily into this area. The continuous atmospheric textures are what you would call minimal, added onto bright piano lines that are extremely simple. What plays an important role in this album is the fact that there is so much accomplished given so little. The main elements are just a simple piano, very few synths, and atmosphere.

The overall sound is based solely on being at an Airport. The sound loops are a portion that is staged upon the Airports atmosphere. It gives you the overall vibe for what is encountered upon traveling in the Airport. The very delicate placed pianos and melody patterns are what mainly drive this album by actually soaking up the main atmosphere. At times the course and flow of the sequences begin to feel a little recurring, but it doesn't destroy how the track actually evolves. It honestly sets on for a pretty relaxing and enjoyable journey.

There are 4 tracks, each done by spreading out a few instruments or two. The first track, "1/1" matures by fading the piano melody in and out repeatedly into sounding luscious and simply gorgeous. "2/1" and "1/2" contain an interesting vocal play through. The words "aaaah" are heard throughout, in which they consistently interact and play around with each other. A few quiet synths and pianos lurk as well, and the two songs brilliantly progress and deliver much ambition. The last track, "2/2" is basically a synth that changes as the piece sets in, and continues like this for about 5 minutes or so.

But honestly, I think this album is centered to be on a mixed bag. People who aren't exactly profound to simplicity, ambient, and minimalism may find this release to downright tedious. However for some listeners, they may feel like they are set on an expedition, or carried away by beautiful pianos, and cloudy atmosphere. Sometimes, simplicity can actually be done right.


user ratings (520)
Chart.
4.2
excellent
other reviews of this album
Liza Lowe (5)
A beautiful landmark album in ambient music...

Killtacular (4.5)
...

Andrew H. EMERITUS (5)
...


Comments:Add a Comment 
linkjerk
December 15th 2011



311 Comments


yeah

foreverendeared
December 15th 2011



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I thought this was constructed specifically for airports, not around the idea of what atmosphere is encountered in an airport. I find that just silly. Have you ever been in an airport? This atmosphere is a direct inverse from the airport atmosphere, hence the contructing of the album specifically to sooth the stressful nature of the hussle and bussle of your typical airport.

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 15th 2011



1237 Comments


^that and I think I read Eno was disappointed in the pop crap that they played at airports(people missing flights because they had to hear a certain song was something else I read). This was meant to be soothing music that can easily be listened to in long sittings or temporarily.

BlastRadius
December 15th 2011



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah forever I see what you're saying. I guess my wording came up in a wrong way, i'll improve on what i'm trying to say next time.

Also this review was rushed, and thanks for the feedback

sifFlammable
December 16th 2011



2741 Comments


i usually stay up all night before going to airports so this atmosphere fits perfectly

Masochist
December 16th 2011



7956 Comments


A slight nitpick about this review: you used the word Airport (capitalized like that, no less) three times in as many sentences:

The overall sound is based solely on being at an Airport. The sound loops are a portion that is staged upon the Airports atmosphere. It gives you the overall vibe for what is encountered upon traveling in the Airport.


Pronouns and synonyms, my good friend, exist for a reason. Also forgot the apostrophe before the "s" in airport(')s.

linkjerk
December 16th 2011



311 Comments


This album comes off as daydreaming music. you dont really have to listen to it, its kind of a backdrop that only you can hear while you go into deep thought. i do it all the time with the most unnexpected content, including KoRn.

Jethro42
December 16th 2011



12351 Comments


Somebody rec'd me that album lately. Tarkus I think. I need to listen to this.

Piglet
December 16th 2011



4651 Comments


Brian Eno is an interesting musician
might check this one out

tarkus
December 16th 2011



5560 Comments


It was me Jethro

and yea Piglet by all means its amazing

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 17th 2011



1237 Comments


If you like ambient, this album and Ambient 4: On Land are essential stops.

bigguytoo9
December 21st 2011



239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ambient 4 is much better, but this is a classic as well. Robert Fripp + Eno - 'Evening Star' album is a reccomendation I would make to everyone who digs this stuff.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy