User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36

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  1. StephenU
    Jun 4, 2007
    3
    I am not a big fan of music being used in the background or as a soundtrack to "float somewhere." Still, I was intrigued enough to give this album a close listen and the only place I was transported was to the pre-sermon Sunday mornings at the church I went to in my childhood that featured an accomplished organist. I can see the skill necessary to produce this music, but it doesn't I am not a big fan of music being used in the background or as a soundtrack to "float somewhere." Still, I was intrigued enough to give this album a close listen and the only place I was transported was to the pre-sermon Sunday mornings at the church I went to in my childhood that featured an accomplished organist. I can see the skill necessary to produce this music, but it doesn't move me.....at all. Expand
  2. milesj
    Apr 11, 2007
    3
    Big fan of Eluvium's first album, it is one of my favorites.. But what enamored me most was its lo-fidelity almost amateurish quality as he captured sounds and loops that were so simplistic in their beauty. It seems the more 'advanced' his sound, he gets lost in his strain for perfection. While some tracks stand out, I cringe when he sits down at the piano. I find it too Big fan of Eluvium's first album, it is one of my favorites.. But what enamored me most was its lo-fidelity almost amateurish quality as he captured sounds and loops that were so simplistic in their beauty. It seems the more 'advanced' his sound, he gets lost in his strain for perfection. While some tracks stand out, I cringe when he sits down at the piano. I find it too melodramatic, in a middle school piano recital kind of way, and he can't seem to break from a set of chords which have strung his last albums together, chords which him and I suppose others find profound, but what I find far too serious to be taken seriously.. I preferred the mistakes, Mr. Cooper! Try doing what all great artists do at the peak of their career: Bring it back to the basics. Expand
  3. jeremyV
    Apr 14, 2007
    3
    I am sorry to be so categorical but this album sounds terrible to me. First of all, orchestral ambiance do not make it at all as we can easily feel virtual sound design and computer assistance. About the composition itself, it sounds like Eluvium use 3 or 4 chords and make it a song by looping it indefinately. About the whole feeling at the end of the album, I can hardly said I was I am sorry to be so categorical but this album sounds terrible to me. First of all, orchestral ambiance do not make it at all as we can easily feel virtual sound design and computer assistance. About the composition itself, it sounds like Eluvium use 3 or 4 chords and make it a song by looping it indefinately. About the whole feeling at the end of the album, I can hardly said I was feeling something special except some sort of relaxation. But Matt is right in his comment, it doesn't make it (good) music. Expand
  4. JohnnyS
    Apr 25, 2007
    3
    Bleh. OK it may be good for what it is but I like a bit of beats. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this album after reading the reviews.
  5. JohnM
    Jul 18, 2007
    4
    I guess I just had too high of expectations after "Talk Amongst the Trees." Too much of this is just too lackluster, even contrived. "Radio Ballet" is particularly bad, seemingly lifted from the score of a bad Lifetime movie.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A magnificent set, awash in textures, atmospheres, moods, and emotion.
  2. It sounds exactly like Eluvium, only with an organ and not a guitar, and with more overt classical aspirations than before.
  3. This is a just an amazingly pretty and graceful album.