Music for Insomniacs

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  • Summary: The latest release from the British actor/musician was inspired by his inability to sleep and was recorded at night in his flat.
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  1. May 13, 2014
    80
    Mixing up the correct dosage proved tricky, but, to Berry’s credit, Music For Insomniacs reclines on a perfect plateau: chewier than your workaday (workanight?) ambient dribble, but not so rich with incident that you’ll sit bolt upright.
  2. May 13, 2014
    80
    In Music for Insomniacs Berry has created a synth fantasia of dreamy soundscapes for the wakeful, but with a greater dynamism and more grandiose scale and momentum than most ambient music.
  3. Uncut
    May 13, 2014
    80
    The results, restrained, immersive and quite beautiful. [Jun 2014, p.71]
  4. 65
    For all its dense silliness, Music For Insomniacs really is quite a genuinely discomfiting experience.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 20, 2014
    60
    The debt to electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene is obvious, but it's a compliment to say this is guaranteed to send you to sleep. [Jun 2014, p.104]
  6. Mojo
    May 15, 2014
    60
    Despite berry's background in comedy there's definitely more of an air of homage than pastiche to this deliciously chilled album. [Jun 2014, p.90]
  7. May 19, 2014
    40
    It's not dissimilar to Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene stripped of its most memorable passages, and might well do what it suggests on the cover. But those hypnotic washes of sound go beyond their remit and could have us all dozing off.

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