Ambient 1: Music For Airports (studio album) by Brian Eno
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The best album by Brian Eno is Another Green World which is ranked number 169 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,634.
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The ideas of Morton Feldman, Christian Wolfe, et al in the 50s and 60s are here recontextualized (Feldman and the others were not thinking of making background music), made more accessible (the tempos here are blistering fast compared to a lot of Feldman) and given the luster of Eno's fame. Eno knew those composers personally and is obviously not hesitant to credit them as influences, but some fans seem to think Eno came up with the concept of musical minimalism, lol. This tradition had been running for at least two decades at the time, but he gave it a whole new life, that's for sure. For me, the vocal pads that he uses on some tracks of this and the follow-up have aged extremely badly, making those tracks unlistenable. I prefer his later stuff in this vein, the Apollo thing and his art installation music, where his subtle skills at synthesis and sound design are, to my ears, on better display.
highlights: 1/2 and 2/2
If you listen to this in a particular mood, it seems like the best album ever. Outside that context, though, it makes little sense.
Not a huge fan of most ambient music, but Eno infuses creativity into every track here.
Very good for those of us with GAD. The calm, gentle but beautiful sounds Eno creates take the sting out of any anxiety attacks.
Arguably the most important release from the guy who coined the term "ambient music". But it's not the best ambient album from the 70s, not even from Eno himself.
it is very strange how as you get older you start liking stuff you hated.honestly 10 yrs ago this stuff sounded crap,after moby I thought a couple of years ago to give this ago,i brought this and films and I found myself really enjoying it.it really does calm you down and makeyour mind wander off. great.
Incredibly soothing, I can hardly believe that this album is 41 years old, honestly. Great to put on and simple zone out or go to sleep, I can't quite wrap around the creative genius but I'll leave that to the other smarter commenters haha
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