Chill Out- Library of Mu

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Title: Chill Out
Date: February 1990 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Ian Cranna
Type of resource: Reviews
Status: text
No. views: 3951
Description: pretty good consise review: "ambient music for city people"


Chill Out

By Ian Cranna (February 1990, ? Q Magazine)

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Need something to unwind to on the way home from your all night rave? Bill Drummond has just the job. In complete contrast to the pounding dance beats of What Time Is Love?, here's sampling of an entirely different kind as Chill Out brings you an impressionist soundtrack to an overnight drive through the Deep South of America. With atmospheric sound effects like chirping crickets or hooting diesel trains, the spartan but melodic electronic strains ease gently through wide open spaces, ebbing and flowing like a cross between the extended choral electronics of early OMD and the inspired visions of David Byrne in his Catherine Wheel or Bush Of Ghosts periods but minus the rhythm section. A radio intervenes periodically to introduce further local colour in the form of brief snatches of DJs, the inevitable mad evangelist and a soul brother soul brother selling the gambling delights of Atlantic City as if his life depended on it, along with the sounds of steel guitars, Elvis Presley's In The Ghetto, Fleetwood Mac's Albatross and Oh Well Part 2. Both imaginative in itself and successful in inducing a blissed out mood of peace and relaxation (at least at night), this is ambient music for city people who don't like ambient music, and it's fine. But why does it only come on crackly old vinyl?

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Posted by Guest on 2008-02-25 00:19:26


Posted by Guest on 2013-03-20 11:09:29

Love this shit, is one of the greatest pieces of music ever made Chip


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