Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
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  • Summary: The latest release for the Montreal-based artist was recorded in a church in Iceland.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    The use of the church organ is a particular masterstroke and it imbues Hecker's compositions here not with grandiosity, but with a sort of faded grandeur that chimes brilliantly with his familiar themes. It also offers a superb range of texture and sound, sometimes attacking and aggressive, at others soft and warm.
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    What resulted is ultimately an album of destructive beauty. Elegance married with sonic destruction!
  3. It makes its own statement, and it does so with the level of maturity and succinctness that we've come to expect from Hecker, an artist who has well earned his place as a leader amongst his peers.
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    Hecker's latest seems to ultimately be about making peace with our mortality, and as such is his most powerful album yet.
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    His primary source is a pipe organ in an Icelandic church, which he processes, filters, deconsecrates, muddles and distorts, and therefore liberates in the course of this album, enabling its latent potential to escape from its wooden room and form a burgeoning cloudscape. [Apr 2011, p.83]
  6. 80
    While it definitely is more static and sustain, you really need to turn this up, put down whatever else you're doing, and connect with it in the moment, as this is very present music. It feels like a refined version of his past esthetics, and is more intense for the limitations he has decided to work under.
  7. Feb 23, 2011
    Hecker's freshest exploration of the life of rave death comes thoroughly recommended.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 28, 2012
    I am a massive fan of Hecker, and the way he can manipulate a church organ into the most beautiful, delicate, eerie, catastrophic, emotional, beautiful & destructive album I have ever listened to is unbelievable. This album's perfection & beauty cannot be put into words; The best album of 2011 in my opinion. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    I don't think ambient music is typically labelled "destructive" and "forceful," but those adjectives tend to get thrown around a lot when speaking of Ravedeath, 1972-- and Hecker's work in general. That should be a tip-off that this is not music that fits the popular connotation surrounding the word "ambient": it's not music you can really relax to, it doesn't soothe (at least not in a conventional way), and it is in no way "background" music. It is harrowing, emotionally devastating, and excruciatingly gorgeous sound that demands your full attention to be understood. Ranging from crushing tidal waves of noise to delicate minimalist hymns, Hecker's 6th album offers as a broad a spectrum of human emotion as you're ever likely to hear. A classic in left-field music, to be certain. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2011
    Tim Hecker more than delivers, giving the listener a beautiful yet bleak landscape to explore. The album's twists and turns remain exciting after multiple listens and stands as the best album of 2011 for me. Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2012
    Tim Hecker's sixth offering is absolutely captivating. Filled with bleak, melancholic and beautiful soundscapes, and conveying a sense of emotional depth not often reached by ambient musicians. Ravedeath, 1972 is my favourite Tim Hecker album, and the best ambient release of the year. Collapse
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    A startlingly beautiful album, Hecker's 6th studio effort sees his always immense style become even more so. With a sound never anything less than colossal, "Ravedeath, 1972" was recorded in a church in Iceland which is plain to hear; the sound reverberates to the point that at times it feels as if there's a solid wall of sound surging towards you through your headphones. An enormous ambient masterpiece. Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2011
    Ravedeath, 1972 is the sixth studio album by Tim Hecker, an electronic musician from Canada. All that you can hear on it is a noise generated by a computer and some piano chords (the LP was recorded at the Free Church in Reykjavík). Nevertheless, Ravedeath stuns with its beauty. Immerse in this body of drone without fear but remember to bring headphones with you: attention is highly required. Oneohtrix Point Never, now itâ Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2011
    Has anyone actually listened to this CD all the way through. It is unbearable and is like James Blake on downers. Seriously, it is pure noise slowed down to a snails pace and all the drugs in the world can't put Humpty Heckler back together again. Expand

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