Pause - Four Tet
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  • Summary: The second Four Tet album from producer Kieran Hebden (who is also in the band Fridge), 'Pause' is a dense, eclectic collection of a variety of electronic and live instrumentation and found sounds.
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  1. Pound for pound, the songs of Pause are far more interesting and multi-layered than most of your general ambient music available on the shelves today.... A mesmerizing work.
  2. It is its author Kieran Hebden's best work to date and confirms the prolific young soundmeister as a major talent.
  3. A far more sonically ambitious statement than its predecessors, perfectly fusing organic sounds with production techniques that are usually the preserve of underground dance producers or R&B mavericks.
  4. When measured against Four Tet's prior output, this latest effort does come as something of a disappointment; but by most other yardsticks, it's downright brilliant.
  5. A strange and delightful record full of surprises. [#32, p.56]
  6. Organic as dirt, and full of an acidhead's sense of space, this one's a winner from start to finish.
  7. Hebden has a rare ability to make his delicate instrumentals engaging and unpretentious.

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  1. JonFriskC
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    Fantastic
  2. jasonh
    Jul 7, 2005
    10
    A one-man mission to bring folk music kicking and screaming into the 21st century...slips effortlessly between genres, adding hip-hop and A one-man mission to bring folk music kicking and screaming into the 21st century...slips effortlessly between genres, adding hip-hop and R'n'B to an already potent mix of influence... has the ability to create exquisite soundscapes that are also moving expressions of human emotion. Expand
  3. MikeR
    Mar 3, 2003
    9
    This is one of the most COMPLETE albums I've heard in a while. Both moody and upbeat at times, this album does a wonderful job of This is one of the most COMPLETE albums I've heard in a while. Both moody and upbeat at times, this album does a wonderful job of spanning the emotional spectrum. It's a very reflective collection of tunes and is very, very easy to listen from beginning to end. Expand
  4. GordonK
    Apr 28, 2003
    9
    A must have Album for all Electronica lovers. Less jazzy and more eclectic than his previous releases but with the same stunning production. A must have Album for all Electronica lovers. Less jazzy and more eclectic than his previous releases but with the same stunning production. Clearly influenced by the likes of Eno, Reich & Susumo Yokota as well as Big Beat, Jazz and Psychedelia, the album remains amazingly seemless and complete. Catch him live if you can. Expand