Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I


5.0
classic

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (39 Reviews)
February 13th, 2014 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perfection.

I barely have words to describe it. There really was something waiting for me inside this album. It shocked me, it left me gazing anxiously at the ceiling in utter amazement. It’s been a rather perplexing goal of mine to find perfection in something. Ever since I grew up, there has always been a slight tugging at my heart; urging me to become in a sense perfect. As I grew, my dreams shattered like glass, and I began to believe that maybe nothing can be perfect. No machine, human, novel, movie, or music has ever left its mark on me as perfect. Even my favorite albums, all have flaws with them that are easily spat out and subdued. However, if there really is nothing in the music world that can be considered perfect, then Program Music 1 comes ridiculously close.

What is found musically in this two song album is the most beautiful music to ever have graced my ears. There was not a single damn moment on this entire album that did not captivate or move me in the slightest. It is like life itself was being born and then recycled in my ears. As the album begins, a piano plays a haunting tune while relapsing into torrent like sounds. But with the stroke of a single guitar, life is forced into the music. The piano dances like the wind, while the guitars serenade it like a choir. The music slowly wakes up to the sound of an electronic drum kicking in, breaking the barrier between the inanimate and the living. Within the first seven minutes, the music feeds off of its ability to tell a beautiful story through only blissful music. Nature all at once, is present. It lives, it dies, and it is reborn. The concept is mixed into the music and it could not have been accomplished better. The album ends like it begins, leaving only thoughts to tell the rest. It flows as graceful as water, blossoms extraordinarily like a flower, and cascades elegantly like snow. The music also has many breathtaking climaxes, whether it is a violin stringing together a lovely tune amidst a syncopated drum; or everything dancing together at once.


The album is a perfect blend of suspense and awe. The story is told perfectly from start to finish with the help of a perfect cast of instruments. There are no major issues I have with this entire record from start to finish. It is a one of a kind beauty, an album that has just recently grabbed ahold of my heart and will not let go. While Stella is by far the superior piece of music on the album due to sheer beauty by scope, both songs create a tranquility of resonating power that will forever be a part of me.



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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A quick little review on what is now close to one of my favorite albums ever. Kinda makes me wonder why it took me so long to check out. But please, do yourself a favor and listen to stella if you haven't,

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You will be doing yourself a favor! Haha

Xed
February 12th 2014


31 Comments


have any of you even heard brian eno

sixdegrees
February 12th 2014


17228 Comments


relevant

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GhettoHmbrglr
February 12th 2014


588 Comments


haven't listened to this in forever. good choice. good review.

Necrotica
February 12th 2014


9893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best album ever :D

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks ghetto! And yeah it kinda is five leaves.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


19960 Comments


Sweet review man, might have to check this out

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Keyblade
February 13th 2014


15070 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Stella is goat

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do it man, it's post rock/neoclassical, but it's just so damn pretty

GhettoHmbrglr
February 13th 2014


588 Comments


@sixdegrees

so pretty! pretty sure i added that album to the database. love it. even tried reviewing it but my words didn't do it justice so i gave it up..

tommygun
February 13th 2014


24992 Comments


nice hoges

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks tommy!

Necrotica
February 13th 2014


9893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review by the way, short and sweet.

AnimalsAsSummit
February 13th 2014


863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yep. some of the most emotional moments in music rite hurr

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, means a lot! And yeah, this is emotional as hell at some points.

avonbarksdale221
February 13th 2014


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, and congrats on a much deserved promotion. Beautiful album.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks a lot avon! And yes, this album is basically the definition of beautiful.

avonbarksdale221
February 13th 2014


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The climaxes in Stella at around 22 and 25 minutes (off the top of my head) are almost unparalleled in all of music. Stunning.

elbaliem
February 13th 2014


922 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

beautiful,blissful



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