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Music Has The Right To Children

Boards of Canada

1998

Music Has The Right To Children

Album Summary

Music Has the Right to Children is the debut studio album by Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. It was released on 20 April 1998 in the UK by Warp and Skam Records and in the US by Matador. The album was produced at Hexagon Sun, the duo's personal recording studio in Pentland Hills, and continued their distinctive style of electronica, featuring vintage synthesisers, degraded analogue production, found sounds and samples, and hip hop-inspired rhythms that had been featured on their first two EPs Twoism (1995) and Hi Scores (1996).The album received critical acclaim upon its release, and has since been acknowledged as a landmark work in electronic music, going on to inspire a variety of subsequent artists. It has been included on various best-ever lists by publications such as Pitchfork and Mojo.

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2.95

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4769

Genres

  • Electronica
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Thu Sep 17 2020
5

Indeed, one of the best electronic albums of the Nineties and of all time. Favorites are Telephasic Workshop, Sixtyten, Turquoise Hexagon Sun, Roygbiv, Rue the Whirl, Aquarius & Happy Cycling.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

"Music Has the Right To Children" by Boards of Canada (1998) Never heard of this album or this duo. First, about that title. The duo has stated that the titles of their works are significant, and that “‘Music Has the Right To Children’ is a statement of our intention to affect the audience using sound.” Well, as laudable as that may be as an artistic objective, the bluntly metaphysical claim that music has the “right” to “children” has a quaintly pompous and yet menacing tone (not to mention a certain lack of sensitivity to those frustrated in their desire for children or the pathology of those who reduce children to instrumentalities as an exercise of their “rights”). A musician may and should “intend” to affect the audience, but it’s hardly a “right”, especially when the artist expresses it toward human persons (the “children” to whom the musician has a “right”). Maybe I’m misunderstanding this, but please don’t object that I’m reading too much into it. This musical endeavor self-consciously begs to be ‘read into’. If you can’t stand the heat, get off my couch. Interesting cover art. Faceless Scots in bell bottoms. I’d be the guy on the far left. If you’re not allowed to have a face, turn away. It’s a fitting image for the Covid-19 pandemic era, although that was obviously not the intention. No lyrics here, so all the poetic clues are in the titles, most of which seem to be intentionally opaque and unevocative (like ‘inside jokes’—hardly a means of affecting a audience). Synth beats and sampling, it’s like Scottish hip hop. Mind boggling (or, as they say in Scotland, moind boag-lin’). Now about that sound: “Wildlife Analysis” - no structure, no categories, thus no analysis. And where’s the wildlife? Unless we’re the wildlife. Or you’re the wildlife. Or it’s actually “wild” “life”. About those beats—hey, we’ve got guys in America who can do all that stuff with nothing but tongues, teeth, and microphone. After listening to a few tracks, I think I finally get it. You gotta be stoned. I’m glad I listened to this before I die. 1/5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Will Wright would be furious considering whoever did spore's soundtrack just ripped this off lmfao

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Mon May 10 2021
5

This has been one of my favorite albums for a long time and it was good to see it come up.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

welp. we're in a cult now

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Fri Apr 30 2021
1

Stuck this on whilst having a cup of tea and some breakfast this morning. I imagine that is how boards of canada intended it to be listened to. I struggle with this hipster end of the dance/electronic spectrum. I just don't get when you'd listen to it and what you'd get out of it. Souless, Joyless, outright boring music. On one fucking track some women just starts counting. edgy. 1/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
1

Halfway through and I think I've got the hang of this now. Palliative care music for former ravers. I don't need to listen to all eighteen tracks.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

what a beautiful album, I’ve been a fan of BoC for a while now and this album always gives me goosebumps when I hear it it’s such a perfect mix between a loose, dreamy atmosphere and a raw, hard, tactile electronic experience I don’t know how else to put it, this album is really something special, everybody should listen to this 10/10

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Okay okay, interessant, weiß nicht ob ich die Art von elektronischer Musik so sehr feiere. Gut im Hintergrund wird ihr glaube ich nicht gerecht, ist schon nicht schlecht, denke ich

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

This one is hitting me at the right time. All these vintage synth sounds are right up my alley. Perfect workday listening. And just anytime you want something that can be listened to intently, or ignored. It's good either way. Definitely going to check more out from this band. Wish someone would have showed this record to me when I was REALLY into Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac-era records. Since this was out just before those were released.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

The sound of robots learning how to emote. Atmospheric ambient and quite affecting for electronic music. Instantly enjoyable and feels like with repeated listens this could be brilliant. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Roygbiv Date listened: 29/09/22

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Love the album cover and title! Maybe one of the best titles yet. I wasn't getting into it until Telephasic Workshop grabbed me. I'll explore this album in another state of mind in the future...even dropped TW into the Broccoli Alien Mix :)

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Boards of Canada? More like Bored-s of Canada. 2/5 for the potential to be a decent album in different situations

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Sat Jan 30 2021
2

Prime lying on a hill at 3am in Pimavera territory

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Very 90s, minimal chilled electronic. Pretty easy to listen to but after first few tracks I'm not that bothered about it. Nothin particularly wrong with it but it just did nothing for me. 2/5

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Sat Jan 23 2021
1

Good grief this album is boring. Slow, ambient, thoroughly unenjoyable. I can't find a single redeeming quality off this album.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

Fuck Ziggy Stardust. This is the one!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

This was just perfect today. Lofi tunes I can listen to in the background of whatever else I'm doing are a fantastic way to get me to play your album over and over. 5 stars, my friends!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Love boards of Canada. About time we had some ambient. 😁

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Double dose nostalgia on this one. One for the Canadian documentaries that I grew up with, and another dose from listening to this album new. Great fun!

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Very good electronic sound. Ambient music for reading or computing.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Fantastic - music from a parallel timeline. Fave track - "Turquoise Hexagon Sun"

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

COOL

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

I've very fond memories of this album, it opened me up to a world of leftfield electronic music that my young Britpop addled mind never even knew existed. And in later years it was my go-to to help nurse my "morning after" mind. It's aged really well too, which a lot of similar albums from the era definitely haven't.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

So I stole part of a review on this album because because I CBF writing my own. Written by Maya Kalev for factmag.com, the article is called "One very important thought: Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children at 15" I recommend it. The bit I stole goes like this: "Despite its name, Music… is about as grown-up as records get: an adult meditation on childhood, concerned with play, naïveté and nostalgia, all tinted with rosy pastoralism. But it’s also devilishly subtle, intricate and emotionally mature. That’s surprisingly rare in electronic music, most of which is concerned with the physicality of dance, intellectual weight, or the evocation of atmosphere rather than a holistic experience. By introducing themes of suppression, solitude and grief into Music…’s evocations of childhood, Boards of Canada created a record that was pretty but seldom precious, more faithful to experience than kitsch idealism. This ambiguity has endeared Music Has The Right To Children to its hordes of fans over time: as its listeners grew ever further away from the childhood it evoked, the album, bizarrely, became more relevant."

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Great electronic and loungy album

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Who? What? How havn't I heard this before? Feels like the father of electronic, trip hop, electronic music rolled into one. Just awesome, like a downbeat, low key, non showoffy Mr Scruff.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

1998 Ambient; Similar Artist - Aphex Twin

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

The album is a bit sketchy and I prefer Geogaddi, which is much more coherent. But every time one's attention is fading they come up with some great music on this album as well like Telephasic Workshop. It is a shame that other electronic music which is of equal or higher quality (think Max Cooper or Dominik Eulberg) never shows up in lists like these.. What one can do with electronic sound is so much more than what you hear here.. nevertheless, highly influential album, so 5 stars.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Already one of my favorite electronic albums ever. It's truly one of a kind.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

Ambiance heaven

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Excellent vibes using found-sound spectacularly, with maybe just a hair of bloat.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Moody, introspective, and thought-provoking. This is rare stuff right here. Perfectly captures a mood, and takes you on a journey from start to finish.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all times, and one of the most listened to.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

My favorite electronic music so far.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Beautiful, dreamy album I've over for a while

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Cool

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

this album is really unique it's literally perfect the instrumentals on every song sounds very good the way that this album makes me feel it's incredible I have nothing to complain about this 10/10

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Even when listening for the first time, Boards of Canada feels gauzy and nostalgic, as if half-remembered from childhood. Every song is a gem and this album is their masterpiece.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Really pretty awesome. Some amazing sounds in a full on immersive electronic experience. You can see the influence and impact that it had.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Fundamentally pure and true. Excellent

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

An unabashed 10/10, certainly worth listening to before you die. “Orange!”

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Fri Nov 20 2020
4

wow, nice beats [The Color of the Fire] wtf creepy [aquarius] hahahaha i like this count thing, somehow relaxing kaso andun pa rin yung creepy laughing children ive also saved a bunch of songs that got my attention: wildlife analysis (strong first song) and roygbiv

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

Nice to chill out to.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

1/15 Dark, very well done Electronic album, it drags on at certain spots, but overall good shit. Standout Tracks: Telephasic Workshop, Aquarius, Pete Standing Alone, Smokes Quantity

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Interesting album. Some boring tracks but overall you could see the influences on later EDM like Daft

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Fri Dec 11 2020
4

Surprisingly good. Not too busy. Good for background.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

I hear things that I feel would later go on to influence other bands and artists I like (Trent Reznor in his later years, Burial), so I'm digging this album. Breakbeat background sounds, fades a little too far into the background at points, but wonderful if you're paying attention. Don't think I've liked an electronic track on first listen as much as I vibed with "Turquoise Hexagon Sun". Favorite tracks: "Turquoise Hexagon Sun", "Telephasic Workshop"

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Wonderful - beautiful and creepy at the same time.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

nice werid shit , chill instrumental vibes

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

listen-again-another-time

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Trippy

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Sat May 01 2021
4

This was a cool, chill listen. Would definitely listen again.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Pretty good! Good builds on some songs, interesting synth sounds and noises on some. A few songs defy expectation and develop in surprising ways. Lots of filler tracks, and an electronic sound that is overall sort of dated. Good study music

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

No estuvo mal pero no me emocionó

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

This is some fine ambient/downtempo/electronica material. Guess I should've listened to it more, back in the day, but it's never too late!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very much the origin of artists like Caribou, etc?

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

kinda cool

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Cool vibe, but it lacks something

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Music has the right to children. SHACK also has the right to children.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Great, never before heard electronica.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Excellent.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Definitely turned the sound up on this album to dig deeper into the layered tracks. Really liked the album, very nice background music but had some great hooks to keep me interested. Could do without the scratch tracks though.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

It was good mild psychedelic, might revisit when I'm high but not for everyday listening

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Pretty chill! Kinda sounds like airport music on the moon. I dig it.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

After the painful drone of my bloody valentine, Boards of Canada was pure nostalgia. Perusing the titles Roygbiv made me smile. Richard of York gained battle in vain. A way for kids to remember the colours of the rainbow. Sonically interesting ambience if nothing else.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Minecraft music

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

// Favs: Kaini Industries / Aquarius / One Very Important Thought Score: Decent 4

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Love some good electronica. Takes me back to 2000/01 when I was crawling the networks in college and finding all kinds of good stuff. A much needed balm to the rushed end of the week.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Muy buen disco.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

good! but aquarius gave me a panic attack LOL

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Atmospheric electronica. Sometimes it sounds like the stuff of dreams, other times it sounds like the stuff of nightmares. It's a soundtrack to a sci-fi-horror-coming of age movie you didn't know you wanted to see. Best Tracks: Sixtyten; Roygbiv; Aquarius

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

The first thing to note about MHTRTC is how gorgeous its soundworld is, and we're talking about a fucking synth album. Somehow, through sonic manipulation, Scottish wizards Marcus Eion and Michael Sandison have managed to make machine music sound warm and human. The sounds seem distressed and decayed, an echo of a distant, dimly remembered past--these guys are synth poets. They complete their presentation with treated samples, rudimentary hip-hop beats, and light scratching. For me, the beats are a little too upfront in the mix, considering they are hardly the point. They kind of function as an entry point for listeners who are too impatient for pure ambient. Well, that's not entirely true. The beats and the loops of samples draw the listener in and induce a trance state that serves as a medium for Board of Canada's synth ruminations. I didn't love MHTRTC quite as much as I remembered--the overly literal, thudding beats prevent full immersion in Board of Canada's soundworld at times, but it's still pretty damned good.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Love this Board of Canada record, I have listened to GeoGaddi before this and this record does better on many aspects. Not giving it a 5 because there are still some small issues with jt, but loved the execution of ambiant-esque tracks with some vocal layering.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Ovo je baš odličan album, trebalo mi je par puta da si pustim do kraja, ali kliknuo je jedne hladne zimske noći. Od tada je na mojoj cold nighttime plejlisti.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Odlicni, apstraktni i elektronski, vrijeme otkivanja sto sve komp sa sintićem moze producirat, a da dobro zvuci. Slusao sam ih prije i dragi su mi 💪

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Excellent background chill music

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Some brilliant tracks on this album, but also some weaker ones that did not work as well for me, especially in the second half. Overall very good electronic music.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

strumentalone!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Ya know, it was creepy in spots, sometimes a song went on too long - but it was enjoyable. Added to my collection.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Nice transient beats

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

TBC

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Chill as hell. 7/10

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Vibes lofi

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

I wish this album would actually end on One Very Important Thought, but alas.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I have no idea what I'm getting into here. The song titles are amazing though, very nostalgic to early education. This is a really interesting lo-fi/ambient electronic album. I feel like the sampling may come out of those old-school education VHS videos you'd see in elementary school. It was good music to have on in the background and work to, the tracks did seem to loop for a very long time in some cases without much variation (or I just don't have an ear for it) but it was pleasant overall.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Interesting but obtuse. Probably not something that I would listen to exclusively, but maybe an album to return to when studying. Definitely earns its place on the list though.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Re-listen. It's okay.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Really enjoyed this

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

It's an instant favorite for sure. I'm not sure what emotions I feel here, but a lot of people describe it as evoking nostalgia. This music does remind me of the chillwave, trip hop, and vaporwave I listened to in the mid-2010s on youtube, which did evoke those feelings, so I tend to agree. I have a better sense of IDM, hearing tracks like "An Eagle in your Mind" or "Telephasic Workshop" with fun beats reminiscent of techno, but not exactly suitable for dancing. Samples are smart and engaging. Despite being a double album, it never felt too long, despite the intentional repetition of half the tracks going for 5-7 minutes. Yet, there's so much evolution that makes it unusually engaging for downtempo. The usage of shorter tracks worked well, serving to reinforce themes explored and give us small breaks. Many songs are memorable, as I find myself humming to several of them, especially "Roygbiv" and "Aquarium" after just a few listens. There were a few weak songs, but nothing I'd cut out. I did really enjoy the bonus track "Happy Cycling," but "One Very Important Thought" is a better way of closing out the album, especially as the followup to the solemnly optimistic "Open the Light."

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Very chill. I got stoned and enjoyed the ride.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

This one surprised me. I had no expectations. I love the cohesive nature of this record.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Interesting

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Cool samples to create cool beats

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Prefs: An Eagle In Your Mind, Sixtyten, Turquoise Hexagon Sun, Roygbiv, Rue the Whirl, Aquarius, Olson, Pete Standing Alone, Smokes Quantity, Open the Light Moins pref: The Color of the Fire

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Always up for chill eclectic…

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Cool electronic album. Lot of dark tones and use of static voices

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

It's a bit kooky, but I actually listened to it twice. It fit well as background for working, but was intriguing enough to grab my attention at times with the uniqueness or catchiness of some bass hooks or samples. One of those albums that I hadn't listened to but had enjoyed a few tracks (eg, "Aquarius") previously.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

I liked them a lot, very chill music to work with

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

It could easily be a soundtrack for an indie videogame...

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Delightful, smooth and interesting and sometimes unsettling.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

The best way to appreciate this album is to listen to it at night. It will be a lackluster experience to hear this electronic album during the day. I've heard this a few times before, and am familiar with this genre, so it was a nice listen for me. I can imagine people unfamiliar with electronic music might struggle with this a lot. But I dig it. Roygbiv is so damn good. Happy cycling has crunchy, satisfying drums. Olsen and colour of fire hit at 3am.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

This album grows on you with repeated listening and is ideal to have on the headphones, playing in the background while you are doing something else. I like the description of Boards of Canada as purveyors of downtempo music; that sounds about right

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

A bit trip-hop, a bit lofi, and more than a little (dark)ambient. An audio Rorschach test.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Love the discordancy, the beats, the eerie atmosphere. Roybgiv is a track of stunning beauty.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Elegant and atmospheric electronica. Some songs (especially early on) also have a nervy, glitchy sound. I really like the overlapping vocal loops on "Telephasic Workshop" — it creates a strange, surreal tone. Beautiful production with a lot of different tones and styles mixed throughout. The closing track “Happy Cycling” stood out to me as well. It’s got an eerie, hypnotic vibe.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

The words that came to mind while listening to this album was that it sounded like what would play on the "loading screen" if life was a videogame, as cheesy as it sounds. Eerily nostalgic ambience, reminds me of my own childhood in the nineties. This album sounds like a distant, fuzzy memory and it creates this bittersweet mood - sometimes there's hints of danger, sometimes there's hint of bliss. No clear standouts but in this case that's a good thing as the consistency is soothing. I did find the vocal samples too distracting, repetitive or even grating at times and that was a little disappointing.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

3.5/5. Weird, but not bad. From an instrumental point, it's pretty good. From a musical point, its also pretty good. I don't think I would ever seek this out, but I have definitely heard worse albums on this list.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Fun background music for working!

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Really good electronica and a high level example of the best of the genre, 4/5

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Like it

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Ambient electro glitch. I listened to it twice as it made good concentration music. I'm a huge fan of electronic music, but it starts to lose me at Glitch..that's probably my least favorite electronic subgenre. Aside from that, this album had a nice flow & reminded me of Daft Punk's Tron soundtrack at times. I'll be listening to more Boards of Canada.

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Fri Nov 27 2020
3

Dreary but efficient background electronica

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

EDM instrumentals. Decent but need to be in the right mood.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

This wasn't too bad, just cruisey electronica or something. I probably won't listen to it ever again, but it was ok to do the WHM breathing to haha.

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Fri Sep 04 2020
3

Nice one, didn't hear it through though

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

This isn’t really my style of music, but it dos fit into a morning work routing nicely.

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Thu Dec 24 2020
3

Interesting. Nice background music. I wouldn‘t listen to it actively.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Meh

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

It’s good background music. Didn’t like the songs with vocals as much as the ones without. Full disclosure: did not get all the way through.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Wasn't that bad, I don't really listen to electronic music often.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but it's electronica. Amazing electronica sounds marginally more impressive than pretty good electronica. Good background noise, but I probably won't be back for more.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Another genre where I'm not sure if I lack the sophistication to really hear what's there or if the emperor really does lack clothes. Pleasant enough to listen to.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Great ambient beats and music. I was working to it and helped keep me focused. Highlights: -Roygbiv

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Warm ambient electronic sounds

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Man. I'm getting some Röyksopp vibes up in here. Maybe some early moby. A little too ambient and weird for my tastes but still enjoyable. The stereo production alone makes this one heck of a "check out these new headphones album". I'll return to this. Likely as a meditative aide. But as Bob Mould would say, don't "file this under easy listening".

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

still not super into electronic music but this felt different to me. Where the St etienne album had one or two songs that grabbed me and the rest felt dull - this album didn't have any standouts, but overall gelled with me better. I certainly appreciate the 'IDM' aspect more and while i'm not a huge fan of this, I definitely see how it could have influenced or paved the way for different forms of electronic music that might be more my speed. On a second listen I vibed on it a bit more - it's definitely a sort of 'early electronic music to relax and work to' sort of thing hahaha. Feels similar to the way I listen to modern instrumental prog - throw an album on in the background while focusing on work.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

It's got good vibes. Kinda boring tho. Maybe in nature and shit

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Interesting background gear

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Tranquilo y suave de escuchar

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

I definitely enjoy hip-hop instrumental albums but this one was a bit too one note for me. It never really felt exciting at any moment. I did enjoy a few of the tracks that really leaned into the hip-hop influence with more bass heavy beats, but all together the album was a little too sleepy. That being said, creating beats is so accessible today that we are drowning in Soundcloud producers, so maybe this has just made me jaded towards older production styles.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Laid back vibes

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Good for a sensory depravation tank (is it sensory depravation if there’s music?), or also good to listen to while anesthesia kicks in prior to life altering surgery. They misspelled the name. It should be “Boreds of Canada”

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Wtaf is this

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

Enjoyed this too.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

A little too chill for my personal taste, but I'm not much of an EDM person anyway. Not even sure if that is the correct blanked term these days. Not bad to have in the background, though the constant interludes were a bit distracting.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Ok as background music

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Thu Dec 24 2020
3

Sort of confused by this one. Very pleasant background listening during work though.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Well done, not really my cuppa but interesting.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

now.... I don't know what I just listened to but I like it. Very good for concentration

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

I judged it way too hard after only seeing the album art. I liked it. It would be good background music.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Eez niiice. This is great nearly ambient music. Can listen to it and work. Not good for sleeping - beat is too heavy. But Love this for work.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Troubling, at first. Then progresses nicely.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

holdup the name of the band is Boards of Canada but they're Scottish??? Very ambient and trippy

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Usually I don't like techno/electronic music but this album was a bit different. Some songs could be used in some kind of indie game or as a sample.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Long album. Focus music. Early for genre.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Werid but good listen

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

not bad for background music

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Like a strange dream that just goes on.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

I thought I didn't like it, I wasn't enjoying it, in fact I was barely listening to it at all. But then, slowly, persistently, it crept in, soothing the senses. When it was finished I found myself missing its presence. It's difficult to explain but I don't really think of this as music. It's a mood, an atmosphere that settles in and gets comfy without you noticing.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Enjoyed this, can't imagine listening to it regularly though

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

It's a bit too chill to dance to, but still, a nice electronic album to have on in the background I guess.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

I know there is an art to this type of music, but I never feel comfortable rating it because I don't understand it. Having said that, it was great background music while working. It kept me interested. I appreciated the way the songs built and then died. Decent.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

Nothing offensive here, but also not much that stood out (though i could swear that they should have named at least one song "Orange"... it actually worked for me). An interesting listen.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This LP came out at a time when a lot of downtempo has being cranked out. While some of it was outstanding, most of it was pleasant & nice to listen to in the background. I would rate this in the latter category. I've read that this was a landmark and influential electronic release, but similar artists like Nightmares on Wax and Aphex Twin were 5+ years ahead of them.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Not really my kind of music but this record does have its moments; 3.5 stars

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

The name Boards of Canada was the extent of my familiarity prior to listening to this album. Early in the album I felt like I was drawn in and enjoying the vibe. Music Has The Right to Children is not my favorite music, but the album is good enough that I would be interested in hearing more of what the band does. As I made my way through the second half, the album started to feel a little long. Repetition within and between the tracks began to distract from my enjoyment of the album as a whole. The album did not quite make a full 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Not really my kind of music but this record does have its moments. I've listened to this album 3 times in the last couple weeks and I will say that each listens opens up new vista's I had yet to hear. Melodies seem more pronounced and varied. Sounds previously unnoticed are now taking up permanent residence in my brain. Monotony is giving way to hypnotic. Thus is the first listen that has made me want to listen again. Starting to get a Miles Davis In a Silent Way vibe, could it grow on me the way that album did? I could definitely see a 4 star rating on the horizon, but for now it's a solid 3.5 🌟

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

ah yes, well.... this is electronic music.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Good background music.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Electronic, but nothing amazing

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Assuming this was included as a precursor to EDM. It's not terrible, but a little boring.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

2 ambient 4 me

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

very interesting idm

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Good background music, no more and no less. An extra point for being (very surprisingly) Scottish!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Seems like the beginning of ambient electronic as it is known today. Lots of chill, space-y music, good for background soundtrack.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

This was kind of spooky and off-putting, but I liked parts of it.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Already listened to it

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Not sure about this - probably needs to be appreciated in the right time & place.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Background music, okay to work / focus.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Un dels pocs discos d'ambient que es necessiten. Aconsegueix donar forma als diferents estats d'ànim de manera molt competent. De vegades sembla banda sonora de la vida, d'altres un somni, o un malson. Hi ha temes, com 'Aquarius', terriblement hipnòtics

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I’d heard a fair bit of raving about this album but had never given it a listen until now: it certainly wasn’t what I’d expected. I didn’t even realise Boards of Canada were an electronic duo categorised under the (snobbish) umbrella of IDM (intelligent dance music). There isn’t much to dance to in “Music Has the Right to Children”, and I wouldn’t want to equate any work of art with intellectual value, but I can say I found it often compelling and sometimes dull. The tracks are divided into more long-form, beat-driven tracks (done best in “Telephasic Workshop”, “Open the Light”) and shorter segues with either a noodling synth or a repeated vocal sample (done best in “Triangles and Rhombuses”, “Roybgiv”). One of my key takeaways here, regardless of what the band would have wanted, is that this music works just as well in the background as it does up close. Even when the sounds crystallise into a programmed beat to give them a backbone, they are floaty, ephemeral, dreamlike. The effect is of a hazy soundscape where nothing is too distracting or outlandish. It all fits neatly together as a calming soundtrack for our over-saturated 21st century lives, but audiophiles are likely to go beyond that and enjoy the rich depths of the production (especially on headphones). Some of the vocal samples become a bit grating, standing outside of the rest of each composition enough to feel distracting and more than a little dated. The chopped apart ones work just fine as becoming another layer of sound, but the repeated “I… love… you!” early on is trying, not to mention the endless “orange”s in the otherwise superb “Aquarius”. The more I actively listen to it, the more repetitive “Music Has The Right to Children” starts to feel. It’s way outside what I’d normally enjoy or stick on for fun, but I have enjoyed it a lot more than most of the other electronic 90’s albums that have come up so far. Giving it extra points here for its ability to keep me interested throughout, so it just scrapes a 3 star.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I like it, though it’s too long imo.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I have always found it hard to rate Boards Of Canada because there is a huge discrepancy between my knowledge of how clever and good this is and my enjoyment of listening to it. I understand the warmth and everything, but the ambient soundscapes of this album just don't do anything for me. Personal Enjoyment: 6/10 1001 Album List-worthy: 10/10

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Very mundane. I found it boring. It would be appropriate for a kids party.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

chill but nothing that makes me go wow

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

experimental, pero agradable, los sonidos son relajantes y gustosos, no tiene letra así que no hay mucho que analizar, solo disfrutar. no creo que pondría estas canciones en otro contexto ajeno a escuchar el disco como una experiencia, pero no me disgusta nada. de hecho, me gusta.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Good beats make a good atmosphere. Could see myself adding this to a "gotta focus on work and drown out the other noises" playlist. Not a million miles away from Blockhead, who I like quite a bit. Can't imagine going to a concert of these guys though.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

A great album, the sound is a little dated, specially the drums. But the mood is still great. I think this album would be actually better without the repetitive, kind of boring beat. It would then become a timeless ambient work.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Comme vous le savez déjà, notre ami Robert le castor prend un malin plaisir à dresser en travers de notre rivière générateurienne d'immenses barrages faits du bois d'albums (inter)minables dépassant de loin les soixante minutes légales. Celui-ci en est un parfait exemple.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Echt spannend is het niet maar het was een prima achtergrondmuziekje tijdens het werk.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

This one has always felt a bit too loungey for me, likely due to its lack of overwhelming valence like Geogaddi's simmering menace or Campfire's slightly ominous tones. Cohesion and grip lack as a result, but that being said there are no bad Boards of Canada albums - this one is just a bit too free-flowing for my taste.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Very electronic, atmospheric, ambient, and lo-fi. This kind of music is very trendy in certain groups today, and I had no idea that the sound dated back to the 90s. I imagine that this has had significant impact on similar sounding music of today. This was fine, but it was starting to lull me toward the end. This was probably a really high 2.-something, so I will just not split hairs and may it an even 3.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

I really thought I was going to hate this when it started, but it actually had a good beat throughout. Catchy and futuristic, this album is great for casual listening when you're in the mood for electronic music. 'Aquarius' was weird though. "Orange!" "Yeah, that's right!"

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I want to really like this but it doesn't do much for me. I'm sure it was influential at the time but I can't help to have large swaths of boredom throughout. My favorite part was at last 15 seconds of "Sixyten", where there is some syncopated synths that throw off an already established rhythmic set of ideas. Everything up until this point is pretty repetitive, a little predictive, and straightforward. Unfortunately the part only lasts for about 15-20 seconds. I think at the time this might have been more of an exploration of classical "new music" with some minimalism as this is what this sounds like, but a more tame version. I've heard people say that they love this band, so I'm sure they are influential and maybe it's just this album that doesn't blow me away.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

какая-то тихая электронщина, не напрягло)

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Not my cup of tea, but it's a not-intrusive ambiance sounds good to listen to during work hours.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Nice electronic music. Fine

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Tue Nov 08 2022
3

Some cool tracks but a bit lacklustre for its time

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Soft och skön ambient musik. Har några låtar med dem på Spotify. Tyvärr blir det inte så stor variation mellan låtarna.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Some spooky sounds. Some pretty sounds. Some cool, glitchy sounds. Some boring sounds. Lots of sounds that inspired Thom Yorke. Some highly irregular counting. I’ve changed my mind on this one a few times but I think it warrants credit for creating a distinctive, cohesive mood.

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Fri Dec 25 2020
2

Pretty shitty. Repetitive chill/electro.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Ok whatever, background only for me.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
2

I like the ambient stuff and some of the synth / moog sounds are dope... there’s a Pete Rock type joint that I liked... but overall this album was hellla slow and honestly I got kinda bored of it.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

Was familiar with this already, Rob really likes them. Super chill and ambient. Would most likely put me in a trance if I was driving but fine for work.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

a bit of a spooky, eerie, and melodic electronic ambient music. Has a few good songs, but just come off as weird and eerie for the most part

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

It 's ok but not exactly my kind of electronic. Not enough lofi hiphop vibes.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Não guentei terminar

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Tue Apr 06 2021
2

It's ok, but basically just sounds like background or new age music. 2 stars.

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