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The first disc is "The Album" and contains mostly tracks that stray from what we are used to from Trentemøller: mindwarping minimal. I'd say there are 3 that fans will warm up to right away, Nightwalker, Chameleon, and Into the Trees (Serenetti Part 3), as these closely resemble the minimal vibes from his previous work. Into the Trees continuing the variant melody of what was Serenetti and Serenetti Part 2. What we do find here is a solid blend of abstract and ambient minimal, expertly crafted into smooth scapes of electronica, that really requires the listener to pay attention. It certainly takes more than one listen, as upon my first play of the album, I was a little less than impressed, but quickly hooked by the 2nd time around. There is a lot more emotion and beauty in these tracks, which isn't necessarily found in the casual listens you could escape with in his other work. His tech house monster riffs required no part on the listener's mind, to fully engulf that body shaking sound, however you have to forget all that and finely tune your senses to this album.
Of course, this can all be chucked out the window with the second disc, as it's back to the churning tech house and minimal which made us all flock to Trentemøller in the first place. It contains nearly all of his previous singles released on the Audiomatique and Poker Flat labels. Sadly, one of my favorites was left off, Minimal Fox.Read more ›
The Last Resort is a complete album, every song seemes to belong and the mood is just amazing. Put it on when you need to chill out, when you're making dinner, when you're chatting up your girlfriend. This could very well be the perfect soundtrack of our lives...
Every one of the stars is deserved one hundrede percent. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed!!
One aspect of the album I particularly enjoyed was the use of acoustic instruments. Being a guitarist and drummer myself, I always enjoy good use of acoustic sounds in electronic music. Two songs predominantly stick out for this, the first being the wondrous title track. The song evolves around a fast, swirling finger-plucked classical guitar part that is paired with a down tempo trip-hop beat, making for a trippy, trance-like groove.Read more ›
Neither estimation is completely correct (the latter one being straight-up wrong):
It is a good album, and as long as you enjoy and are sufficiently familiar with current electronic music ---particularly of a micro or tech-house variety--- you should be able to find some emotional resonance in this recording.
That having been said, this album sounds to me like an artist expanding on micro/tech house roots, allowing his other interests to seep in. I hear something like a "Villalobos-meets-Badalamenti" aesthetic.
The film-music characteristics are sufficient to appeal to listeners outside of the standard electronic fanbase; I think this is why some reviewers feel it to be great, not realizing that there are other albums of comparable mood and quality.
Don't misunderstand me---it is very good. Well-produced, interesting, warm, and varying in textures. It does not possess the unique greatness of the Badalamenti or Morricone soundtracks it at times evokes. There is an independent voice here, but I do not think it is developed enough at present to be considered truly great.
There is much potential here, and I will be waiting to hear future releases...
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Great massage soundtrack, as long as your masseuse doesn't weird out.Published 17 months ago by Noonei N'particular
Excellent blend of minimal and electronic styles. I'm a major fan of Underworld and Orbital, and found this to be a nice addition to my collection.Published 20 months ago by Eric Harder