Ambient 1: Music For Airports (studio album) by Brian Eno

Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 646th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 473 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (153rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (646th)
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Brian Eno bestography

Ambient 1: Music For Airports is ranked 3rd best out of 47 albums by Brian Eno on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Brian Eno is Another Green World which is ranked number 174 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,768.

Brian Eno album bestography « Higher ranked (582nd) This album (646th) Lower ranked (768th) »
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81/100 (from 473 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 79.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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85/100
From 06/24/2020 04:43
Not a huge fan of most ambient music, but Eno infuses creativity into every track here.
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70/100
From 05/16/2020 16:49
Very good for those of us with GAD. The calm, gentle but beautiful sounds Eno creates take the sting out of any anxiety attacks.
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75/100
From 02/04/2020 22:52
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.
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90/100
From 11/30/2019 13:43
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.
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85/100
From 01/22/2019 13:36
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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100/100
From 12/15/2018 09:26
I remember reading BEA user JulianR’s comment on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless “never has an album been so synonymous with a genre, yet so unique within it”, but my mind, however, leapt immediately to this one. So iconic was its release that the entire labelling of the ambient genre followed its precedent. No other record wears its ethos so proudly on its sleeve (in this case quite literally) than this one.

Its simplicity is often what leaves Ambient 1 so overlooked and overcriticized; yes, the album is sparse, but this is exactly where its impact lies; there’s no worth in comparing it to the complexity of jazz or prog since the entire manifesto of ambient is to do more with less. With tracks 1/1 and 2/1 being piano and vocal driven respectively, the third track combines the two elements to create a stunning harmony between the classical piano keys and the synth-laden vocals. The effect is transfixing and heartwrenching all at once; there seems to be a tragedy unfolding slowly before your eyes, but the lack of any lyrics leaves the nature of this tragedy just out of reach.

Eno’s urge to move towards ambient music came as a result of a car accident, after which he was confined to his bed for a considerable time. A friend of his on their way out the door offered to put a record on, however Eno realised after she had left that the volume was far too low and moreover, the sound of the rain which had started to fall all but drowned out the music. This was his eureka moment, and both these elements are here if you look for them. Ambient 1 is the faintest remnant of the melody and the pounding cacophony of the rain.

Most of this is copied from the description of the album in my overall chart, do check it out if you have the time!!
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80/100
From 02/02/2018 03:40
Amazing record to fall asleep to, I almost never get past the first track lol
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75/100
From 01/25/2018 10:40
A nice record. It can be a bit of a drag if too much attention is paid to it but as discreet background music it's strangely satisfying.
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80/100
From 01/22/2018 14:14
I like ambient music but it sound too simple at the moment. As Anti stated in a comment: for an ambient album it is really good (9.5/10-10/10) but I have the same problem that I can't rank it higher than 8/10 because we rate all albums on the same scale. Cant wait though to listen to this album in another mood and setting.
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80/100
From 11/22/2017 15:18
Peaceful, spiritually inspirational, ambient, nice sounds and nice silences, i would say almost a masterpiece in the genre which he invented.
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