The following represents what I consider the top ten albums of the last decade. The decision was beyond hard, but this reflects the albums which hit me the hardest and stuck with me the longest.
Posted in Album Reviews, tagged 4 Beards, Asthmatic Kitty Records, Classical, DM Stith, George Gershwin, Indie, John Williams, OST, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Welcome Wagon on October 20, 2009| 4 Comments »
PROS: incredible sonic landscapes | inventive album packaging
CONS: a lot to chew
As classical music goes, I am no connoisseur. I want something that will hold my interest and that I can appreciate for its artistic merits. The BQE is an innovative piece of artwork. It is a mirror that we can see ourselves in and reflect upon the state of industrialization, innovation and American culture. What The BQE is not is easily accessible. True, you can listen and enjoy with greater ease than the typical neo-classical Phillip Glass or Steve Reich, but it remains challenging even for the most die-hard fan.
PROS: effective use of minimalist composition | original soundtrack style
CONS: less folk-influence than previous work | could use elaboration
Chances are you have never heard of Erik Enocksson, and it is a downright shame. The reason is most likely due to limited promotion, as well as the fact that much of Enocksson’s work is available only as digital downloads or limited edition physical copies. Enocksson, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, is a minimalist composer and folk artist. To date, Enocksson has released four discs: two soundtracks, one 7”, and a concept album. His latest release, Man tänker sitt (translated roughly as One’s Own Thoughts or Man’s Thoughts*), is the soundtrack to Henrik Hellström and Fredrik Wenzel’s film of the same name (which also goes by the English name Burrowing). Though Years For Beards has not gotten its hands on a copy of the film, a Norwegian promotional text about Man tanker sitt by Fairplay Entertainment says that Enocksson’s soundtrack is an “extraterrestrial musical experience that follows the film’s low-key story about Swedish suburban lives.”