I thoroughly enjoy this album. Good variety. I do not agree with most of the previous reviews though, stating that this album is better than Ardour. If you are looking for a slight departure from the layered, organic, nature-like sounds that Teebs created on Ardour this is for you, but for me Ardour supplies a much more engrossing experience. That being said, I enjoyed this album very much and I am very happy to finally own it, but if you are just discovering Teebs, certainly buy the albums in chronological order (including the Tropics). When is collections 02 coming out? Hopefully soon!
Differing ever so slightly from his first audio journey, Teebs takes the listener's ears on a more cohesive, more hypnotic journey with his second installment, "Collections 01."
If you're a fan of twinkly, looped, slow electronic musings for nights that you can't sleep, are reading, partaking in herbal relaxation (heehee,) a bubblebath, etc..., this is a perfect sonic backdrop! The only downfall is that you get a mere ten songs that are all relatively short in length, but hey, that's why they make the "repeat" mode on most CD players ANYWAY! Your ears will eat it UP!
Ardour, Teebs's previous album, was good but not great. A few standout songs, some solid tracks, but many of the tracks felt meandery or half-baked. I was excited to buy it after listening to some tracks, but after a few listens I realized that there were not many tracks that grabbed me. For these kinds of debut albums, I can hear the potential -- but it's never certain whether that will pan out in the next album.
Teebs has definitely improved, though. He shows stronger craftsmanship and a greater grasp of the overall development of his tracks. There are standout tracks AND no real duds. Kudos, Teebs.