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This is a cd that marks Mr. Muhly out as a young composer to watch, a confident modern voice that is not afraid to acknowledge his influences nor so arrogant as to dismiss them. No, it's not party music. But it is music and that music is challenging, approachable, enjoyable and always intriguing.
Do I recommend this? Certainly yes! A very good start - and my personal favorite - is the last song on the CD, "Keep in touch".
Adorno and Horkheimer - Dialectic of Enlightenment
If there is one CD that I own that I would love to toss, but that I can't because I believe that it is "significant", this is that one. The whole simpering Post - Genre thing is a drag. But I feel like the great George Steiner, whose father lifted him up to the window to watch the Anschluss Celebrations in Vienna, saying "Look! This is History!". A defining moment for the young George…to which we owe "Language and Silence", etc.
This is Our World. God knows how we got here, but here we are. The ignorance of the 1 - Star Review here (on Amazon) makes me want to give this disc Five Stars, but I'd rather have a coyote eat off my arm. The dynamics alone - all those "sensitive" crescendos - make me want to scream.
The liner notes are brilliant - necessary to an understanding of what is being attempted - and achieved - here. And, make no mistake, something is achieved. Dismiss this CD at your peril. Maybe the vise - like grip of Late Capitalism has become so omnipresent and inevitable that very strong opiates are the only answer. Resistance is ultimately futile. Lose yourself in yummy quasi - New Age - y timbres, all expertly combined and orchestrated, with a patina of craft and artfulness. This is why I hate the word "experimental" applied to anything coming out of the Pop World. It was fine when they kept it there - let them all believe that using things that come from 100 - Year Old Contemporary Music is "Experimental"! But when it trickles back…
That is what makes this CD confusing, hateful, important. People think they really know what the word "Beauty" means again. Well, they're wrong, but who's gonna tell them? The "Beauty" here is hideous.
Obviously I'm keeping this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this but it didn't captivate me as much as "Seeing is Believing" which I heard live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and went head over heels. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Alexandra de la Vega
If you need a brief (eight minutes) understanding of why Nico Muhly is one of our most accomplished younger composers, this is where to find it. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Porter Anderson
This is a complex album with some songs that are pretty user friendly and some that are not. There are definitely songs I skip. Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by mr. brown shoes
This is an interesting work of you are looking for a collection of weird sounds. It's really just a bunch of atonal sounds randomly tossed together. Read morePublished on April 29, 2008 by K. Cachia
My first impression upon hearing Joshua was that I had to have the album. Sadly there was no album yet so I was forced to rip the music from the DVD. Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by J. M. Perkins