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What's truly remarkable is that something of this form could be so engaging when performed for nearly an hour.
The remaster sound is crisp and clean, although I had never heard the original, so I can't compare the quality of the two. The reissue does come with a brief essay about the piece, and the liner notes are nice enough.
It isn't quite as powerful as his best work, but it certainly is a good listen. I also think you sort of have to be ready to hear this-- if you don't have a background in ambient, minimalism, I'd suggest steering clear of this one until you've heard more of Eno's material.
I have to admit to being somewhat puzzled and amused by the negative reviews of this piece. It must be frustrating to try to find musical structure while listening to Neroli. The trick is that you don't have to and you shouldn't try. You just have to let go of the desire to find structure in everything and just let the music exist as it is. Furthermore, you don't have to play it softly to enjoy it.Read more ›
"Neroli" is well-known as a scented incense, and is associated (for many folks) with 'Indian-ness.' Similarly, this recording echoes the effect of the slow, almost formless 'alap' section of an Indian raag (or "raga"). Tonally speaking, it definitely has a great deal in common with any number of raags, but without the development of motifs and ornaments typical in a raag performance. Instead, it seems intended to evoke the rich drone of ringing notes and overtones one may hear in a sitar's sympathetic strings as melodies fly about on top.
Eschewing melodies, chord changes, instrumental solos, vocals and other musical devices that might make us "listen to" the music, "Neroli" is the perfect accompaniment to a great massage. Find a quiet room, light a few candles, press play, and it will be as though a magical spell has been cast.
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I think this is my favorite of Eno's 'ambient' music 'albums.' The liner notes say that it's, (the piece; it's all just one long thing), in the phrygian (sp?) mode. Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by Charles Frueh
I admire Brian Eno, and I enjoy some of his work, so when I saw this MP3 on Amazon for a buck I thought I couldn't go wrong. I was right. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by T. Fisher
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