Hymnal - Benoît Pioulard
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  • Summary: Thomas Meluch's latest release as Benoît Pioulard was inspired by religious iconography and cathedrals in Europe.
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  1. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    The effect of these new elements is to bring a new solemnity and calm to Pioulard's already gentle brand of blissed out songwriting. [Mar 2013, p.62]
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    On Hymnal, Benoît Pioulard has succeeded in creating something rich and rewarding.
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Hymnal's serene beauty may make it his most sublime music yet.
  4. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    An album about religion that's not at all religious, Benoît Pioulard refuses to come off as descriptive or thematic, making Hymnal an example of a mood piece that's designed to be affecting, but never static.
  5. 70
    The overlapping layers of symbology on Benoit Pioulard’s latest disc, Hymnal, shroud everything in an Earl Grey mystic fog.
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    67
    This record was inspired by Meluch taking up residency in the southeast of England, and his resultant exploration of the religious iconography he discovered both there and on mainland Europe. It lends Hymnal a ceremonial air, culminating in an imposing instrumental drone piece that blackens the center of the album.
  7. Mar 15, 2013
    60
    The instrumentals, which mix grainy field recordings with more forthright electronic melodies, assert a strong presence, but not enough to rescue Hymnal from a state of irresolute inbetween-ness. [No. 96, p.58]

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