Philip Glass   Glassworks
4.1
excellent
Ranking: #9 for 1982

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4.5 superbTRMshadow | September 6th 11

Eerie, Surreal, Ephemeral, and 14 other ghostly sounding adjectives. A truly mind-bending listen. As with Glass' other works, an almost trance-like nature falls over the piece creating a field that affects the listener (positively for some, negatively for others). An interesting sample of the minimalism movement that should be the starter album for anyone intending to get into "art" music. 4.4/5

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4.0 excellentElectric City | August 21st 07

My introduction to Philip Glass was a snippet of the score from the wildly influential film Koyaaniqatsi (I think that's how you spell it). After that I was intrigued. The album I found in a shop in Brattleboro, Vermont, was Glassworks. As far as music I've heard goes, this isn't like anything. It sounds very much like a film score in some parts, a la The Illusionist. The style is very repetetive, deeply rooted in minimalism; the genre he helped to create. The opening song ("Opening", lol) is a brilliant acoustic piano pattern that repeats for 6 minutes, yet subtley remains interesting throughout. This isn't the case for all the songs, as one song refuses to do anything ("Facades"), while another, "Floe", insists on doing too much. However, both songs have a counterpart ("Islands" and "Rubric", respectively) that achieves beautifully what the other couldn't. You gotta have the patience of a Venus Flytrap to sit through the epic repetition, but if you do, the payoff's worth it.

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2.0 poorSquigglyBob | May 7th 24

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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5.0 classicNietzschesMoustache | December 9th 22

Minimalism, Post-Minimalism // 1982 // Best: "Floe"

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5.0 classicGene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | February 16th 21

Glass lays out a dreamscape that can in a matter of moments turn from blissful to nightmarish.

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2.5 averageOmairSh | December 1st 14

Repetitive is an understatement

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