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Ambient 1/Music For Airports

Brian Eno

1978

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Ambient 1/Music For Airports

Rating

3.03

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5

I have this one on quite frequently whilst I work - on that basis, it's absolutely the perfect accompaniment to some gentle cogitating. The title gives it away, even if Eno was being semi-ironic - it's functional music. And on that basis, a triumph

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Don't really know what to say about this except that it does exactly what it tells you it's going to do and it does it very well. Great studying music and very relaxing

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Ambient music is not my jam. I always prefer something with energy and drive. I expected this album to be a complete waste of my time. But... somehow... it's not. It's totally ignorable but also not offensively bland. It DOES have layers of interest. The engineering on this album is absolutely top-notch. Way beyond its time. I was actually kinda into the first track. The second track, however, completely lost me with its constantly ebbing and flowing generic human voices. It was creepy AF, to be honest. The third track redeems those vocals by using them as texture to a primarily piano-focused track. But it's only the first and fourth tracks that are listenable, in my opinion. It gets more stars than I anticipated giving it but it's still not a great listen overall.

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5

As far as music for work - this is best album ever made.

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5

Yes please. So very pleasant and I believe wholly met Eno's goal of creating music equally interesting and ignorable.

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5

Awesomely beautiful. (And provided for a great bike ride.)

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5

Okay, I’m not going to lie, I actually really love this. It’s so calming and relaxing. Daughter liked it, too.

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5

I've always had a soft spot for this album.

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5

PERFECT

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5

Starts out as music for airports, becomes music for spaceships. Brian Eno, and more specifically his ambient albums, were a great comfort for me during a lot of recent stressful times in my life. Just to have something nice on in the background while working through some stuff. Just perfect.

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5

Music for airports got me through a lot of grad school coding projects and has served me well when I’ve needed to call on it since. Good stuff, aptly named. I Stan Eno

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I didn't really notice it

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The most ronseal of albums, this sounds like ambient music for airports. Not something to be actively listened to, but nice and relaxing. I wouldn't be unhappy if this was playing in an airport or a spa. 5/5 for achievement of artistic intent. 3/5 for my enjoyment of the output. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: 2/1 Date listened: 19/04/22

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Nah

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I don't know. I'm not hearing a single. I'm not sure what this album wants from me, except for me to let it play on in the background. And on that note, it works perfectly. It is, absolutely, ambient.

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You're better off taking some Xanax if you're that nervous about flying. Suitable album title, as it sounds what it's like to be stuck in an airport. But who the hell wants to spend time in an airport? I'm also guessing airports could get a better deal from Muzak than they could from Brian Eno. In the interest of full disclosure, I put this on once to put me to sleep, and I'm pleased to report that it worked in that regard. The only reason this album is getting bumped up a notch from a 1 rating is because I really needed sleep that night, so much so that Spotify kept playing a shitload of songs after this Airport Album ended. The following is an incomplete list of artists played after "Music For Airports" ended. I have to assume these artists are all approved by TSA, Airport Group International, and any other group associated with airports: • Galaxie 500 • Goldmund • Julianna Barwick • Scott Walker • Television (!) • John Cale • Library Tapes (go figure) • Harold Budd • Stereolab • The Fall • Boards of Canada (should have been called BORED In Canada, amiright?)

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Otra vez Brian Eno? Ideal para echarse una siesta, uf

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it's difficult to rate ambient music because I wouldn't vibe to this but maybe it would be nice for sleeping?? idk I've heard way better ambient sounds than this

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I wanted to like it because I've heard this album referenced before and I think it was kinda new or influential for it's time. Was painfully boring for me to listen to.

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This is music. But it's background music. It's not meant to be listened to. (By Eno's own admission. It was literally written with the thought of having looping background music in airports and other similar spaces.) So it's inclusion on 1001 albums you've gotta hear really frustrates me. Since Eno pioneered ambient music with this album, thousands of other similar pieces of music have been made to serve as background music or meditation soundtracks. What makes this example special other than it being the first? It's not that I have a problem with this music (though I wouldn't choose to listen to it), but I have a bone to pick with its inclusion on this list.

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It's not exactly BAD, but I'm still giving it one star because why in the hell is this part of the list? What's next - an album of elevator music?

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ÄR så jävla bäst

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Interessant, ein Ambience-Album zu hören

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Ein Hoch auf die Entspannung! Großartiges erstes Ambient Album

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I'm only two days in and this 1001 Album exercise has served its purpose. First though, the real job of a douchey music critic is to write reviews and say everything except how you really feel about something. But I'm going to shatter that and just say one word three times: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE." I feel like we all have been listening to this album in our hearts since we were born, or at least since we hit puberty and experienced a wealth of emotion for the first time. I was two years old when this was released and this album plays as if it could've been released today. It's evocative, emotional, raw and unspoiled by the inter-workings of what a traditional album should be. I've heard this a million times since 1976, but this is the first time I've listened to Ambient 1/Music for Airports. This one pays dividends, I truly enjoyed it and is inspiration for me to find / listen / experience more Eno. Five stars for this album. Five stars for this exercise.

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I looooove Eno

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Elektro Jazz synfonie. Groß und besonders

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5

Tranquil loveliness! I am a massive fan of ambient music, so gotta give props to the album that started it all... Fave track "1-1", I guess - not that it makes sense to break the album down into tracks...

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Do not listen to this album if you don't want to feel like you're in an airport

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5

Absolutely classic

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5

Chill, relaxing, calm...yeah, this is meditation music and that is so nice sometimes.

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I love ambient, but I don't know what blocked me from Eno for that long time. Nevertheless - that is something I searched for. I think I will get to know with more music from the father of ambient. Short, 4-song-album, but outstanding.

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One of the defining releases in ambient music (one of my favorite genres). This album is beautiful and interesting, while also being able to fade completely into the background - exactly as Eno intended.

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First time listener, very interesting stuff.

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Hard to know how to rate this, as by design it’s not something to devote yourself to listening to. But by its own intentions, it’s a success.

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I don't know very much about ambient music. I got into it a while back. So this isn't my first time listening to it. I think it's the top-est of tiers as far as ambient music goes.

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airy

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Very cool album! Great atmospheric work.

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Juste envie d'aller prendre un avion.

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Ça me fait sentir tout léger

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top 10 of this year

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5

A beautiful, relaxing album. Paired with news of a family member passing today, this feels perhaps more somber and melancholy than intended. But I know that the memory tied to this will make this a comfort album for me regardless, and the music is just amazing. Great job, Mr. Eno. Favorite tracks: the whole thing, no favorites. Album art: It's a map, it's minimal, it's perfect. If it isn't, this should be ambient music's bible. 5/5

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This is the album that transformed ambient music from a concept that some artists used to toy with to a de facto music genre. Brian Eno's sensible minimalistic approach in those four compositions became a roadmap for ambient records in the late 1970s and it's still very much referentiated to this day. The piano improvisations stitched together, the vocal loops and the beautifully crafted synth sounds all come together to create an album that grows inside you like a very powerful feeling and leaves you calm, but also pensative. As a electronic music record, it also explored that dicotomy of a human-machine relationship, evoking the uniqueness of giant flying metal machines mixed with small helpless humans on the go. Altought the attempt to remove the tension of an airport terminal through music didn't really work on a practical level at the time, when it was used as an art instalation, airports enviroments changed a lot in the last 25 years and I'm curious to see how it would work like that again after all this time and in this world we currently live in. Nonetheless, it's a masterpice, an album that goes straight to the heart.

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Maan... lyssnade på denna medan jag gick ut och promenerade med katten och det mesta i livet kändes ganska kristallklart... banger

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Actually listened to this in an airport. Honestly so fitting and so damn good.

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5

I know that these days, so-called 'ambient music' is a huge genre, so even though I do like it sometimes, I thought this album might suffer from being one of the countless albums in this area. I listened to it twice this morning as I worked. It's beautiful, and when I read about how it was pretty much the first album in the genre, it's all the more impressive.

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5

Quietly beautiful. The more I learn about the experimentation behind its creation, the more amazing it becomes.

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pretty good

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4

Pretty nice, chill, ambient background music.

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nice

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4

To quote the man himself "music as ignorable as it is interesting". Great starting spot for ambient music.

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vibes

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4

Does what it says on the tin

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This would be interesting to come back to. Maybe background/ambient music for working to.

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good, repetitive but its ok

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Música instrumental. Sin más. Agradable. En todo momento pienso que estoy en el espacio :D.

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8/10 I guess, really pleasant ambient music. But still ambient music, so not the most exciting listen.

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Super chill and gentle! Not really sure why its on this list but is great background, definitely helped me concentrate. 8/10 for nice sounds

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Very interesting and soothing

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Znam, dobre

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4

Certainly is calming and ambient. It is pretty good for what it is.

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Exactly as advertised. Beautiful and serene

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Very pretty. It does what it says on the tin.

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This album is everything about being calm. Really relaxing listen and very enjoyable to have on in the background!

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Calming, really good for learning 4/5

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Neat album, very relaxing and warm. I didn’t care for the breathy choir though. It’s definitely not an album for everyone, but I enjoyed it

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Great studying music

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Eno is a genius and this offers great background music for what it intends to do. Not only is it Eno quality but it is highly influential, popularizing the genre. However, the parts only differed slightly, making the album feel tiring with full attention. Nevertheless one of the best ambience works out there cause Eno duh.

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So exciting!

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Does its job

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I had an ambient music phase around fall of last year so I’ve already listened to this piece before. However I forgot everything about it. But this is an essential album for anyone who wants to get a start into the ambient genre. Honestly all of Brian Eno’s works are good “starter” albums. The sound is so peaceful and it would be great to listen to while doing any task. Again I really enjoy this album, I haven’t listened to ambience in a while, but I might hop back in

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Eno is a master of ambient music. First listen of this album. Extremely mellow and transcendent. Somewhat lengthy and repetitive.

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Really good background music for just chilling. 0RS

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well this is an interesting album from Mr. Eno. Be told I<m a fan of Eno but never heard this before. I think Another Green World is brilliant. as is Here Come The Warm Jets. Taking Tiger Mountain.... and Before and after science are great but not quite uo to the lofty standards of AGW. So where does this album fall...Not sure. It;s great late-night, lights out music that blends into the background but also bears stands up well to further scrutiny. After it finished I wanted to hear it again. I hear some of AGWs quieter moods in the opening piece which aided in my appreciation of the album. I can see this becoming an addictive album. 4 stars with a bullet

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Dakle, ovo. Ovo je za mene jedno od savršenijih ambient materijala. Definitivno ako ikad budeš imao problema sa spavanjem, da se umiriš itd, ovo je taj album koji ti treba. Brian Eno je legenda ambijentalne glazbe, i to sam se bome uvjerio kroz dosta njegovih albuma. Uglavnom, ako nisi slušao, a paše ti ambijentalna glazba, ovo je pod MUS!

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1975??!! very innovative

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I first heard of Brian Eno as a producer of other bands that I like (including U2 and the Talking Heads). I listened to Ambient 1/Music For Airports before, to find out what Eno's own music sounded like. I'm not sure who to recommend the album to, but it's good enough. I know when I would play the album. I would have no problem listening again. Rounding up to 4 stars.

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I like ambience. Very nice flow 👍

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Wow. I didn't know it was possible! A Brian Eno album I liked! Obviously very chill and sleepy, not particularly attention grabbing, but great mellow music for the background.

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Вот они, истоки эмбиента. Идеально для медитации.

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Música instrumental. Sin más. Agradable. En todo momento pienso que estoy en el espacio :D.

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48 minutes of ambient music, eh? well I guess. Eno says that this is music "Really, it’s music to resign you to the possibility of death." Its very calming after a while, so thats nice. Wow that album passed me by in a flash. Defintely soothing.

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Not his best, but essential anyway.

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moi aussi j'ai peur de l'avion et donc je testerai le concept de l'album prochainement, en attendant c'était très relaxant pour commencer ma matinée de travail en mangeant des miel pops

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Loved it.

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amazing atmospheric ambient

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This was an awesome album. Perfectly timed for traveling in the airport. A huge desressor, but also didn’t exactly sound like something you’d hear in the airport. Either way, I’m excited to use this for meditating and sleeping in the future.

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Does what it says on the tin

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Any album that names a whole genre should be listened to before you die, this is no exception. A manifesto for what ambient music could be, expectedly pretty and abstract

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Cheeeeeeeeeeeeelin

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I enjoyed listening to this and I wasn't even in an Airport. The description of it being an alternative to musak holds up in that it is beautiful, rather than reductive.

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Mellow ambience from a chameleon musician

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Definitely like this one a lot - in the right place & time of course.

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Yes!

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4

Hauntingly beautiful. Austere yet warmly human.

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Ambient will never be a genre I listen to a lot of. I played this on the perfect day when in fit what I was doing and was a great backing track. Probably liked it more because of the timing, but I did really enjoy it.

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There had been bits of pieces here and there (collabs with Robert Fripp, Discreet Music, the majority of Another Green World) but this is it. The start of the main chapter of Brian Eno's career and the main thing that most people associate him with. This is the perfect collection for unwinding, mellowing out after a tough day. It seems quite ironic that this was considered made for airports, given the rather chaotic nature of those places. Maybe that was what Eno envisioned. I don't know but what I do know is that this is essential to the Brian Eno discography. It would be incomplete without it. Favorites: 1/1, 2/2.

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This is such a different kind of album or listening experience that it's hard to put this on any type of scale similar to the others. I mean...Brian Eno himself said that this music is meant to be "as ignorable as it is interesting." That's as good a description as I can think of. As a point of note I feel I should say that I absolutely HAVE listened to this album in airports before. It's very relaxing. I can also imagine very clearly many people loathing this album - like..."this isn't music!" or "the most boring 45+ minutes possible" and I get it. e.g. I got this a few days after getting Green Day's "Dookie" - they are not similar. Compartmentalizing it (because you have to)...: this album is not meant to be "enjoyed" in the same way a typical pop music album is; it is literally background loop music (but it is music, let's be fair) and I do find it entrancing, dreamlike [n.b. it's great to fall asleep to, if not already obvious], and mysteriously haunting at times. Also points for being one of, if not the very, first truly ambient records. I'm a fan. 8/10 4 stars

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Exactly as advertised. Great background music.

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This has been on my shelf for decades. You need to be in the right mood but it is essential Eno and essential ambient...4 longish instrumental tracks that slowly evolve. Music to get lost in.

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3

Not too bad for ambient stuff but wouldn't say it really took me to a higher plane or anything

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3

Tough to rate like an album cause it's just ambient music

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3

It was some knock your block off instrumental musics!

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Cumple su objetivo, desde el disco pasado ahora me emocioné al ver a Eno de nuevo y esperé hasta tener buena carga de trabajo para ponerlo mientras

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OK, for sure Brian Eno is a genius, but sometimes I'm listening to something like this and wondering if it's a case where being a genius means you get to just noodle around for an hour sometimes. Im sure some smarty pants would be able to tell me off.

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De vuelta con Eno, no es fácil de calificar. Supongo para quien sea un fanático del estilo de música ambiental esta es una obra maestra. El disco está tremendamente bien mezclado y armado, por ahí en la Wikipedia menciona que al armar el disco "la música se diseñó para que se repita continuamente como una instalación sonora, con la intención de desactivar la atmósfera tensa y ansiosa de una terminal de aeropuerto evitando los elementos derivados y familiares de la típica "música enlatada"" y no se puede negar que cumple su propósito. Es relajante, ideal para trabajar, meditar, tener un fondo suave que ulula. Como disco para escuchar convencionalmente obviamente no cuadra, no hay mucho que analizar o sentarse a desarmar, no hay melodías, solo "ambiente." Añadido a lo anterior, sí me parecen desiguales las pistas y por un lado 1/1 y 2/2 (la 1 y 4) me parecen muchísimo mejores que 2/1 y 1/2; las últimas siento abusan un poco de coros tipo new age mientras que las otras una es una tonada dulce relajante de piano y la otra me hace pensar en Kubrik y el espacio. Muy buen e interesante disco para la situación correcta.

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Crazy to see how far back ambient music goes and how far it’s come. However, it seems a bit ludicrous to have to rate it next to traditional albums of popular music genres.

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3

Not my cup of tea, but soothing. 5/10

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Not my favorite but okay, liked the brassy end.

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nothing special 3/5

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Enjoyable background music.

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Sounds like my therapy session. But for airport. Bit understimulating for me, but it was good

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Bit ott

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The album was intersting though I don't see anything too special about it

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Ambient is tough. I like it for relaxation purposes, or background while working, but don't feel like I really "listen" to the music. This album was pleasant enough - nothing jarring or difficult to get through, but also nothing that stands out as particularly moving or sonically amazing.

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A bit anxiety-inducing, but I'm not sure why.

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Not too great, bit boring

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There are a lot of compositions that I like on this album, I just don't like ambient music as a whole or on principle. Especially the first side had some great moments on it. The name confuses me, since airports are such a stressful place with hustle and bustle while this album is the complete opposite of that. Highlights: 1, and 2.

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Very relaxing

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nice ambient music. It is what it was supposed to be. Calming.

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if Buddha found a synthesizer while ego tripping in a small town Midwestern Episcopal church

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Decent study/meditation music

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Cool!

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Good ambient music

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Legit put me to sleep but I guess thats the point?

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Nice to fall asleep to, so it’s not entirely without merit, but I can’t imagine another time where I’d want to listen to it. If this is really your thing, Aphex Twin does it better.

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I have heard this album at least a hundred times as I play it before going to bed at night. It is so relaxing and tranquil. I will admit, the first time I heard it, I was really wondering why this would be on a list like this....now I know. If you feel the same - give it a chance. It is really difficult to rate with stars though. I can't put it on the same level as most of the other albums that I love... I will give it a respectable 3/5.

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more loffy

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"as interesting as it is ignorable" -- is an intriguing description. Music that you can drift away from, but it's still rewarding when you return to it. This reminds me a bit of puzzle adventure games; some have great soundtracks that excel at leaving you to focus on the problem at hand.

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3

Can definitely understand how influential and important this album is. It probably won’t be my go to ambient album in 2021, but the ones I would go to likely wouldn’t be here without this.

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Great to fall asleep to

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Reductionist, minimal ambient music, devoid of many musical elements. Brian Eno pioneers the ambient genre, with wide soundscapes and almost eerie vocal production in '2/1'. Easily digestible as background music, as it does not require your attention to detail.

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Should this be on the list? It's atmospheric, beautiful and very relaxing, but I'm fairly sure if Brian Eno hadn't been in Roxy Music etc it would be deemed classical, despite the synth pads. It's mostly piano music (lovely piano music). That concern being said, it is lovely music, and it's very clear that everything non aesthetic about Roxy Music was his work (to be fair, the dreck released after his exit proves this too). However, there are limited circumstances I would put this on - it is very slow and meditative.

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It does exactly what it says on the tin. Music to be ignored and listened to. Ketamine probably helps. Best Tracks: 1/1; 1/2

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This perfectly captures the ennui of sitting in an airport, so points for doing what it says on the tin. Album you must listen to before you die? I'm not so sure about that. Best track: 2/2

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It's ambient music, so you definitely need to be in the mood for it. I actually own this album, but I never play it for that reason. I'm never in an ambient mood. I don't know. I want to like this more than I actually do. The first track is really good, though.

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Música ambiental agradable pero un tanto cansina por repetitiva. Ni fu ni fa.

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I like Brian Eno, this one is mellow music for any lobby.

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In a tous ecoute a la maison et personne a deteste. C’est tres atmospherique. 3.25

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Wasn't nearly as "lobby" or "elevator" as I thought it would be. This album belongs in a spa. I had no idea how to rate this, so I went in the the middle.

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Very relaxing. Better suited for a spa than during with hours

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Enjoyed this album and it was great to hear

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3

Ambient music, great for work, great to concentrate, and like the title says, great for airports 3/5

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"The album's usage at Pittsburgh Airport in 1982 brought on a barrage of complaints from passengers who said its uncertain tones made them feel uneasy and demanded that the previous background music be restored."

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3

Nice, relaxing ambient, possibly only suitable for airports in 2020/21. Not a huge amount of substance though ...

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It's good background music. Gets boring if you actively listen to it but I guess that's kind of the point.

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Not my favorite ambient music but still fine to listen to in the background. Will still never beat c418

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Well. It's ambient music for airports. Totally fine for work. But absolutely nowhere near where I'd actively listen to it.

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3

Is this a landmark album for the genre, and deeply important for music as a whole? Yes! Is it a beautiful piece of music? At times! Will I ever be busting this one out again in the future? Almost assuredly not!

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I enjoyed this album but I feel there is better ones to come from Brian Eno. 2/1 & 2/2 were my favorites.

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Does its Job

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4/14 Meditative, haunting, could play in an airport on a rainy day perhaps. Standout Track: 1/2

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It's good airport music but I'm too small brain for this shit.

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Die Piano-Figur in 1/1 ist wenig originell und vergällt mit das ganze Stück. Vorweggenommene Windows95-Startup-Sounds. 2/2 ist NICHTS. 1/2: gähn. Eigentlich sind die alle uninteressant. Könnte auch in Fahrstühlen oder auf Autobahn-Toiletten laufen.

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Esto es lo que me imaginaba que íbamos a oír cuando salió Brian Eno por primera vez y aquel disco fue distinto. Este quizá sí cumple el propósito de sur música relajante que llene un espacio estresante con algo mejor y eso le alcanza para la segunda estrella.

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Alright is jut a bit sad nothing special

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Creo que no es música para aeropuertos porque si la pusieran, los pasajeros se quedarían dormidos en las salas de espera y no abordarían. El personal no podría despertar a los pasajeros porque estarían dormidos y los aviones, o no se moverían y peor aún, chocarían en descontrol porque los pilotos estarían dormidos. Supongo que está bien hecha y tiene momentos lindos, sobre todo hacia el final, pero claramente no es mi tipo de música, el piano está bien, crea una atmósfera nostálgica y eso tiene mérito pero hasta ahí. Espero que no vengan más discos así.

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I really like that first track! After that, it all just made me sleeeeeepy. Love the concept of writing an album to try and improve the crappy canned music at airports though, and can definitely hear the influence that first track had on a whole lot of film scores.

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Más que para aeropuertos para dormir o para estudiar

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Meme de Homero gritando ABURRIDO. muy bonita la música ambiental pero si nadie lo escucha no pasa nada. Que bajón

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Chill, but not really for me.

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If we were rating purely ambient albums I think this would probably be a pretty good one. However, I spent most of the runtime wishing I was listening to almost anything else. The sound itself wasn’t unpleasant so it lands somewhere around a 4.

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i thought this would be good as background music but I actually found it rather grating and repetitive. 4/10

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Harrasta tunnelmaa. Ambienttitunnelmien osalta pääsin vain Lost in Translation -leffaan tai korkeintaan lentokentän miestenhuoneeseen. Olikohan tämä jotenkin kulttuurihistoriallisesti merkittävä uranuurtajalevy ambienttimusiikin tms. saralla? Julkaisuvuonnaan 1978 tämä saattoi olla hyvinkin oivaltavaa settiä ja inspiroinut muita.

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Ei oikein lähteny Brianilla.

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Liian latteata jopa taustamusiikiksi.

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It's not awful but bloody hell it's boring to actually hear in one sitting

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I love this stuff in film scores alongside its context but it has to be pretty good to grab me enough to interest me to listen to as an album and this wasn't it.

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Ihan mukavien äänimaisemien maalailua ja ajatonta (ainakin sinne lentokenttien vessoihin), mutta jää nyt pioneeripisteet antamatta.

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Well, title says it all.

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Relaxing. Won’t listen to it again but it was calming. 2/2 is cool

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Peaceful. Serene. I like the first track and I could listen to it with my eyes closed while getting a massage. The last three tracks are meh.

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Needs a particular mood to listen to this one.

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Hahaha jaa. Var väl inte dåligt. Passar säkert bra i flygplatser, eller när man vill lyssna på musik men inte orkar lyssna på musik. Tror att jag kan fatta och kanske uppskatta den konstnärliga ambitionen, men det kan också bara vara Brian Enos rykte som påverkar. Perfekt att säga att man gillar om man vill vara prettohipster. Bästa låt: Hahahaha, 1/2 kanske. Om man lyssnar på pianotonerna i 1/1, och sedan på ljudet i 2/1, och önskar att de två ljuden kunde slås ihop, är det exakt det man får i 1/2! Magnifikt!!!!!!!

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Aptly titled. I'm sure there's a time and a place but it certainly won't be on high rotation here.

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It's ambient music. There's really not much to say; it states it right there in the title. Not much to like or dislike about this album. Favorite track: 1/1

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Google tells me this album was innovative for its time. Fine as background music, but pretty boring.

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Eric Satie this isn't.

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I mean, it's fine for what it is, but hard to understand how this is a "must hear."

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Good music for putting the baby to sleep

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This is just not something I was in the mood for. I understand that this inspired a mood or tone for music and film scoring, but I rarely am in the place where I can or would want to listen to a film score. It's all fine. Not difficult to listen to but also not much more than background.

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Contemporary classical, played on the studio. More interesting historically than aesthetically. Other Eno and other ambient are both better. Neat movements though.

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I thought about giving this one star because I don't think this deserves to be on the list and I was constantly wanting to listen to other things, but I also considered giving it three because the fact that it's boring is the point. So I settled on two. Still don't think it should be on the list though.

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Nice background album, but not something I would frequent. Music for a specific mood

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Not unpleasant. But I don't see the point in listening to something that only makes me think of being on a moving walkway getting me from one set of airport gates to another.

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I bought this album many years ago thinking if I listened to Eno being ambient it would somehow make me edgy or at least I'd be able to sound like a bit of a muso snob. The whole point of this is that it challenges what we consider to be "an album" or the points where music/sound/art collide. Maybe I actually need to listen to this in an airport rather than sat at my dining table on a monday morning working from home. Or maybe I just don't really like ambient music.

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Too soft

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I love your work Brian, definitely a stand out producer, but I didn't groove with this project like I thought I would've. Listened to it driving in the car and it just didn't hold my attention which is a shame because I could listen to Side B of David Bowie's 'Low' all day long. Needs another listen, but as of now I'm not super into it. 2.5/5

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I did like the ambient feel with a lot of piano throughout rather than the synth sound. But I would’t say this is a “must-listen”.

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While interesting that this was the first album to be marked as ambient music, there really wasn't anything special about it for me. Soothing and peaceful but unimpressive

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2-3

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Should be called 'Music for falling asleep'. Pros: Good to fall asleep to. Cons: fell asleep.

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Not soemthing I would really listen to but I can see why it made it here for its influence.

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Background music.

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I'm pretty sure I heard this in a public sauna once. Actually feels really weird listening to this from the comfort of my home with pants on. I need to be relaxed, dripping with sweat, balls sticking to the wood. I don't know how to rate this. It's an entirely different art form from every other album I've ranked so far. This is not something that's supposed to be listen to. It was specifically designed to be background noise that loops endlessly and can't just be put in the same basket as The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, or even Nickleback and Justin Bieber.

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It began. It ended. Inbetween it played for eternity. It haunts me still. Like a poltergiest.

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Music for (empty) elevators, deaf people, morgues, and trees falling in the woods when nobody can hear them.

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Alle ambient music klinkt voor mij wat hetzelfde. Moeilijk om over te oordelen. Maar er is wel een tijd en een plaats voor deze muziek, maar lang niet eender waar en wanneer

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Ay, Dios mío, qué embole más triste.

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Background for sure-

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cool and eerie but to a mind numbingly boring level

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Did feel a bit too much like an art exhibit

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Supaboring

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ughhhh i understand that he’s very influential in making so many different styles of music but this one was just so unnecessary 😝😝😝 it was just boring and 17 minute songs are ugh. i think it was pretty music but for like five minutes.

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A lot can be said about this album's artistic merits, but at the end of the day (hold on, I'm developing a pan here) this is an Eno albums of a style I will only listen to when going to bed.

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trökgubben tycker att det här knappt är musik.

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Too dull

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I don't see why I needed to hear this before I died. Ambient piano music solely for the background. Lost nothing to listen to it. Gained nothing either.

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I guess I don't get this. I do like Ambient music on the whole, but don't really get this. I also admire Brian Eno for work he's done elsewhere. But this just sounds like somebody randomly hitting piano keys intermittently. Why? Should I be doing drugs or something?

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It's literally just ambient music. Sounds like it could be part of a movie as background music during a dramatic scene or explanation of something at best. 2/10.

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Eurgh!

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Okay, so this is exactly what it says it is. Not sure why this is included in 1001 albums I should listen to before I die. Just straight spa music. I guess if I were in an airport and this were happening I would be pleasantly surprised. I would’ve named this album, “Ambient music for an expensive rub and tug.” I’m talking the type of spa with infused water, and oil diffusers that somehow don’t make the whirring noise.

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You wouldn’t be able to hear it in an airport ! *

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halojatahalloo, väsy tulloo. kuuntelen kuitenkin paljon ambienttia ja instrua, mutta heisunheiluvilles pitää etsiä uusi eno markkinoilta; ellei jopa EMO.

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wtf

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Absolutely hated this album. I can see its virtues for some people but definitely not one for me.

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nope

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September 21, 2021 This was ok at first to have in the background while I worked, but dear god do all the songs sound the same and I just wanted it to end.

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Awful

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Glazba za tipa main menu u igri, al nije u igri, album je ko album i ne mog/ne želim

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Not a fan of Eno's ambient phase. Love his early Psycha-Glitter mode and Faux Velvets, but I don't "get" Ambient Music.

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There’s a reason I wear headphones in airports. Absolute garbage.

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I just… like, why?? It should not be on the list. There’s nothing about this album that is culturally significant. It’s music. Okay, I’ll give it that. But to say this should be included with the likes of Bowie, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nirvana… actual artists whose work was impactful? That’s insane. This doesn’t fit.

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Good for sleeping, nothing else

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This gave me a literal headache

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Very 😢 music

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Zzzzzz

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The title of the album says it all. It is ambient music. In no way is ambient music noteworthy. It is just there. No need for an entire album of it. No need to hear this ambient music before you die.

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