Pop Ambient 2014 - Various Artists
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  • Summary: The 14th compilation of ambient music includes contributions from The Field, Ulf Lohmann, and Wolfgang Voigt (aka Gas).
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Pop Ambient 2014 is the fluffiest, most cushioned set of zone-outs in the series' recent history.
  2. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    It turns to a clutch of its founding fathers and allies for its 14th outing. [Feb 2014, p.97]
  3. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    The 14th installment of influential Cologne label Kompakt's superlative Pop Ambient series provides plenty of surprises. [Feb 2014, p.83]
  4. Jan 28, 2014
    70
    As a series, Pop Ambient may gradually be losing its vitality, but its musical perspective does not have to. Moving forward, an adjustment to the delivery platform would do much to make Pop Ambient's sound more relevant.
  5. Feb 4, 2014
    70
    The 14th edition brings ambient music's nostalgic longing full circle.
  6. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    The bookending tracks from Ulf Lohmann, "Sicht" and "PCC," play seductively with auras of overloaded guitar and synth, cyclical patterns accruing intensity, but an unfortunate saccharine edge remains. [Feb 2014, p.57]
  7. 55
    It would appear that the desire to remain in stasis has left it to stagnate somewhat, which is a shame, as Kompakt remains one of the most invigorating labels in electronic music.

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