Sun Ra
Sleeping Beauty



Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I want to speak of that beauty to you...

The concept of consonance and dissonance has been an evolving dialogue of the human being. Individually, as a society, consciously and subconsciously, we often attempt to contain, utilize, and somewhat manipulate tension and release as to create balance. We have often found that dissonance, although jarring and distasteful in nature, provides for incredibly colorful textures, which why it is often most noticed. Consonance, though, serves mostly as a regulator, a stabilizer that helps for elements to feel appropriately conjoined.

On Sleeping Beauty, Sun Ra and his Arkestra challenge that idea in fascinating fashion.

Throughout the album’s three monolithic songs, profoundly rich soundscapes of jazz barrage the listener with nothing less than brilliance. Sun Ra and over twenty other musicians showcase their skill with passionate solos and striking melodies. Nevertheless, this is not what makes the album stand out so profusely. Rather, it is the way all artists play off each other as to create overbearingly complex harmonic ideas. While all songs feel calm, the deeper the listener focuses on the music, the more clashing it becomes, making for deep coatings of delicate dissonance. However, this dissonance makes the relaxed songs acquire an indescribable feel of humbling nature. It almost makes the music otherworldly, as if it described time and space from an ominous perspective. The thick layers of sound are carefully and masterfully put together to dispute music in an innovative, daring, and revolutionary way. The concept of dissonance and consonance is blurred, and it makes for an auditory experience that is as alluring as it is gritty, as homely as it is confusing, and as romantic as it is violent. It is, quite literally, a paradox of sound.

Sleeping Beauty is a reflection of all that surrounds us. It is the ultimate combination of elements that awes the human being, the ultimate expression of life and death. It is reminiscent of space’s repeated process of creation and destruction, instilled in curious minds. It is an album perfect yet imperfect at the same time, and it is all the more beautiful because of it.



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50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1FJKtJqHR7S7l1CsrOUcFi?si=p_qZC2_pTPqumIyJCRRnsQ

Special thanks to FullOfSounds, TVC15, musicallychallenged, and Bloon for proofreading this review!

Papa Universe
February 6th 2018


22503 Comments


POSing beauty

Asdfp277
February 6th 2018


24432 Comments


sun ra m/

50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yooo Papa I didn’t know you dug this, sweet

Papa Universe
February 6th 2018


22503 Comments


I dig Sun Ra

Piglet
February 6th 2018


8496 Comments


always will welcome a sun ra review

50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, more are needed for sure

Drifter
February 6th 2018


20881 Comments


Nice review Sun Brah

granitenotebook
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2018


1272 Comments


thumbs up

MotokoKusanagi
February 6th 2018


4290 Comments


sun ra was such an interesting character. pharoah sanders too

50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, absolutely. He said he was born on another planet and that he descended to teach humans about space. I mean, sometimes it wasn’t hard to believe him.

Thanks everyone!

50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! Let me know of your thoughts

SandwichBubble
February 6th 2018


13796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey

50iL
February 6th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Duuude Sandwich, you gotta bump that rating

SandwichBubble
February 6th 2018


13796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

maybe when I relisten to it (:

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2018


32053 Comments


My boy! What a review. Hardest pos.

Hard to believe but I never jammed Sun Ra, is this one a good one to start?

50iL
February 7th 2018


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aww, thanks Dewi! :3

Yeah, this is a pretty decent place to start: his music is relatively hard to get into, but this is slightly more accesible. Hope you dig!

Asdfp277
February 7th 2018


24432 Comments


space is the place is more accessible imo

BallsToTheWall
February 7th 2018


51271 Comments


Sweet album.

MotokoKusanagi
February 7th 2018


4290 Comments


"space is the place is more accessible imo"
I haven't heard this but that is a good one



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