Living Room Songs - Ólafur Arnalds
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  • Summary: The songs were recorded in the Icelandic composer's living room and originally released on YouTube in October 2011.
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  1. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    Living Room Songs may not exceed 25 minutes in length but this is still an album to luxuriate in and one that fans of traditional classical composers such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki will find to their satisfaction.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    It certainly meets every expectation, albeit without stretching far beyond anticipated designs.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    70
    Living Room Songs succeeds specifically because Arnalds does not try to build it into a masterwork.
  4. Apart from the aptly titled "Film Credits," which, worthily, plays much like a ode to Max Richter, the music on the remainder of the album is left to unsatisfying and grey piano suites that don't sound destined for a more open setting nor benefit from the intimate setting of Arnalds' own living room.
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    45
    The music is pretty but still--without many shifts in color or tone, they sit there like flat, two-dimensional objects.
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