Thursday Afternoon Import
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"Thursday Afternoon" is a single continuous 61-minute piece which remains unchanging in mood despite its epic length. Throughout its hour-long running time, there is a quiet single chord which is held through the entire piece. Single piano notes, bell-like tones, subtle chord washes and a light drone all settle themselves around the main central chord creating a lush beautiful landscape in sound. There is nothing compilicated or difficult about this piece. It is built with the most basic musical elements and is kept at its most simplistic form throughout. This is what makes "Thursday Afternoon" such an intruiguing work - its beauty of simplicity without becoming boring.
As mentioned above, "Thursday Afternoon" continues to be a pioneering ambient effort 20 years after its original release. Surely, it ranks among Brian Eno's best instrumental work and fits in perfectly with other works such as "Music For Airports", "Discreet Music" and his other hour-long ambient/minimalist opus "Neroli" which he would create in 1993.
An Essential Ambient Masterpiece!!
The sound of "Thursday Afternoon" is quiet, relaxed, almost soporific. A haze exists in the background, with the melody sounding like a gentle electric piano. What it somehow manages to do is convey in its lack of intrigue exactly that-- it holds your interest, remarkably for the over an hour of length that it stretches.
Because "Thursday Afternoon" is one extended composition, it may be harder to digest than other works. Nonetheless, its a fine piece worth investigation for any fan of ambient music.
If played as Eno intended, the effect is ever greater, with wifts of it reaching your ears like a distant smell of fresh baking done next door and a breeze gently lofting some of it through the open window to your unsuspecting nose- you can subconsciously detect it, you know its there, but it doesn't permeate your senses fully. To play this cd any other way is fine, but alters the total effect too much for it to be fully realized or enjoyed.
A gem on an lp, and among my favorite Eno cds.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this disc: it's an hour of unobtrusive yet relaxing ambient music that's wonderful for background music while reading, taking a bath, or relaxing before bedtime. Read morePublished 19 days ago by E. Deland
What can I add to so many 5-star reviews? Only that this hour-long recording remains a thing of subtle, quiet beauty, somehow encompassing without ever becoming intrusive or... Read morePublished 10 months ago by William Timothy Lukeman
Not for the average listener, but definitely a gem for an Eno fan. One of his best!Published 15 months ago by Brian
Great textures, perfectly layered soundscape, and the best of music translated from concept to execution for environment. The best of genre.Published 24 months ago by Aldo Flunge
This LP is particularly good when played on a Thursday afternoon, that time when you know there's hardly any of the working week left. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by David P. Weber
Very smooth, very relaxing. Start this up, turn on the ceiling fan, and lay down in your recliner for a nice one hour nap.Published on February 23, 2014 by Ralph C. Goodman