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Forget your radio-cheese pop or your repetitive club-dance music. THIS is the future right here. Brian Transeau is so ahead of his time that it's ridiculous. This is not a person who goes loop-nuts with synths and drum machines, or relies lazily on his computer to do all the work for him. This album has been composed with TLC and it shows. You can truly feel BT's vision come to life, almost as if every minute detail was meticulously planned and executed precisely according to his vision. Nothing feels "thrown in" for the sake of it, and even at 2 hours long, you'll still be hearing new effects and tricks. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the music is very melodic, uplifting and fresh throughout. THIS is what feel-good music should be, and I feel truly priveleged to have seen a glimpse of the future of music. Hopefully the next generation will see the impact BT has left on electronic music as a whole, because as it's always stood, IMO, the man just does not get nearly enough credit in this oversaturated industry. Marvelous album - thank you, BT!
I didn't think he could do it ... after four years, I thought BT had gone to live in a hermitage somewhere to contemplate the wonderful accomplishments of his life, but it turns out, he was working on this album. I feel a little ashamed to be calling this an "album" ... it's not an album, it's an experience. It encompasses everything music should encompass. It's orchestral, lyrical, celebratory ... it's about love, heartache, inner peace, and every other emotion you could possibly imagine. It's tough to explain exactly what I feel when I listen to BT, because his music envelops all of your senses in a bubble of cosmic waves and euphoria. BT's music DOES something to your brain waves and the world just seems a little bit clearer. 'These Hopeful Machines' is no exception to that.
Protip: Don't listen to this album (or really, any of Brian's music) on your laptop speakers. The music should truly be experienced in all of its glory ... use a good pair of headphones or stereo speakers.
For good reason. Personally, I think those albums are fantastic but they were experimental, new and broke out of the traditional trance mold.
As I attended BT's shows and started hearing singles from the upcoming album, These Hopeful Machines, it was clear that Brian was bringing things back to basics but I wasn't quite sure how he would deliver...
These Hopeful Machines is a new era in electronic music. Brian has taken every phenomenal aspect of his entire catalog and applied it to this album.
1. The vocals, pop appeal and ballad level lyrics that we love in the album, Emotional Technology
2. The stutter edit effects that made up This Binary Universe
3. The build up and release that we danced to on IMA and ESCM.
4. The guitar and "live" feeling that Movement in Still Life" gave us
Brian took these aspects and modernized it all for this new decade and its the perfect dance album for 2010!
My favorite tracks: (in order)
A Million Stars
Brian also teamed up with some amazing DJs to deliver fantastic remixes that you can buy as a seperate digital album on iTunes.
BT hit a home run! I've listened to the album 6 times today and will listen to it 20 more times before the week is over. I'm in love and will have a hard time going back to his old albums because everything I loved about those records are in These Hopeful Machines.
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Bought this for the cover art by Aaron Jasinski. I love his work. Then I listened to the music and it grew on me. I am 57 and like the stuff. Go figure. :-)Published 4 months ago by H. Franke
I bought this cd twice. I ordered it on itunes and ordered it from here to get a real copy.Published 5 months ago by Beats
Put this in my library, listened to it, then took it out. No better than third rate pop music; the lyrics are mundane, predictable and boring. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JTR
I'm a relative newcomer to BT's music. While I can appreciate his first few albums, for me this one is the one that I always come back to. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by James Lemon
I am always curious to see where he will head next. This felt more like he needed bus money and threw something together. I guess I was spoiled with all of his previous work. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Mike Solomon
BT always puts out good music and this album is no exception. Every Other Way with Jess Mills is great along with Emergency and Forget Me.Published on December 8, 2013 by DJ Velocity43
BT is consistently knocking my socks off. This album in particular has undertones of his oldskool sounds as well as highly creative new compositions.Published on November 25, 2013 by Jennifer Claunch-meyers