Music For 18 Musicians (studio album) by Steve Reich

Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 594th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 274 votes)
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Award Top albums of the 1970s (143rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (594th)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.6/100, a mean average of 81.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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From 02/01/2022 23:53
This is a brilliant composition of music that is amazing at creating so many images and stories in your mind. The performances on some of the instruments as well are brilliant and so emotional at times that it makes it so easy to connect to the music. It also gives us a very rich and grand experience and allows you to explore so much in the sound and discover the nuances that are all over this record. It is the perfect album to put on, switch off the lights and get comfortable in a warm chair and just enjoy the journey you are taken on. However, it can feel a little slow at times and could be shortened a little. Also, some of the sections are a little weaker than others. Overall, a very important album that always delivers a great experience and fantastic musical quality that would be even better live.
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From 10/29/2020 16:22
Very interesting music it is like a color game it repeats and then comes out in a completely new way. You can feel the tension is rising until the end of the album. Very good new classical music. Glad to have heard it.
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From 03/03/2018 12:15
The ultimate minimalist statement.
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85/100
From 11/23/2017 00:51
Loving the ECM version that just came out too
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From 11/07/2017 14:00
Despite being divided into multiple 'sections', Reich's minimalist masterpiece is performed in one take, and so has the curious property of being seemingly immobile and yet constantly washing over you. Listening to the strings undercut the vocals on Section VII has a desperate urgency that is difficult to put into words. Reich's music somehow makes you feel you've heard this a million lifetimes before and will hear it a million lifetimes over again all without uttering a single lyric.

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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From 10/24/2017 03:02
It might technically be called classical music, but being a person coming from a rock-oriented background, it seems a lot more like ambient electronic than anything else. It seems like something Brian Eno could have made. It barely even sounds like it was made with acoustic instruments (at least the version I have).
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From 09/26/2017 09:33
On 'Music...', Reich modernises classical music for the 20th century, creating a piece that seems both to move so slowly and yet take your breath away.
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From 04/22/2017 03:37
Nuanced and expansive. Similar to, but not as varied as Philip Glass's glassworks. The concepts overstay their welcome slightly. The whole thing could have been half as long and still had the same effect on me. Must be very impressive to see performed live.
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From 11/27/2016 17:11
Vast and deep as an ocean.
Also one of the most influential pieces of music written in the second half of the XXs.
It's everywhere. So much it has become invisible.
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From 03/25/2015 00:34
So excited about this on first listen!!!!!!!!!!
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