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Music From The Penguin Cafe

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

1976

Music From The Penguin Cafe

Album Summary

Music from The Penguin Cafe is the first studio album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It was recorded between 1974 and 1976, and released in 1976. The artist credited for the work varies with different issues. Upon original issue, the label credited the artist as Simon Jeffes, while the cover gave the artist as "members of the Penguin Café Orchestra". The line-up for tracks 1, 9, 10 and 11 consisted of the original "Penguin Café Quartet" (as they are referred to in the liner notes): Simon Jeffes (electric guitar), Helen Liebmann (Cello), Steve Nye (electric piano), and Gavyn Wright (violin). Tracks 2–8, meanwhile, were performed by the ensemble "Zopf", which includes all four members of the quartet as well as Neil Rennie (ukulele) and Emily Young (vocals). Reissues from 1987 forward generally credit the artist as the Penguin Café Orchestra. These later reissues have mistakenly listed pieces 2-8 as though they were movements of a suite entitled "Zopf", instead of 7 separate pieces performed by "Zopf". The executive producer for the album was Brian Eno, who released this album on his experimental Obscure label, with catalogue number "Obscure 7". The original cover was by John Bonis. The reissue cover painting was by Emily Young. The album was later released on CD by E.G. Records in 1991 and later in remastered form in 2006 - both using the reissue cover instead of the original. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.97

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4759

Genres

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Album number 99. For what it's worth, the Spotify link here takes you to a version of the album that's missing a track. I doubt that will matter in forming your opinion one way or the other. Me, I went and listened to that missing song. I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That's just me. That's just something that I enjoy. The naked dude just chilling on the album cover isn't fooling that penguin or me for that matter. He's just a guy who stayed a little too long at an "Eyes Wide Shut" orgy and now refuses to take his mask off. There are parts of this album that would fit right in at one of those orgies as long as an actual penguin is involved. A good chunk of it sounds like it's trying to be weird just to be as Avant Garde as possible. But I'm guessing Stanley Kubrick loved this album. It made me think a little too much about Penguins and the actor's who portrayed the Penguin in Batman's world. My favorites are Burgess Meredith, the naked guy on the album cover, and I guess Danny DeVito. Honorable mention to former Dodger and Cub great Ron "The Penguin" Cey, who might have been the greatest Penguin of them all. Now that I think about it, that penguin looks like he's the one who stumbled into an orgy. My favorite song, that I think sums up the entire album, is called, "The Sound Of Someone You Love Who's Going Away and It Doesn't Matter". It's almost 12 minutes long, but that thing takes you on a JOURNEY. Ultimately you end up back to staring at that album cover, wishing you were at an outdoor orgy.

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Tue May 11 2021
1

I can see how important this album probably was I just don't care.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Cannot understate the dread and delight of this album. The chirpy bright notes are ominous when juxtaposed with the frantic tunes following. Feels like the end of the world.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

superb album cover. perfectly apt too, i've never heard the penguin cafe before but i saw the album cover and knew what i was getting, some oddness. fucking brilliant eccentric shit.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

After finding out that this album was produced by Brian Eno, I'm not surprised that I liked it right away. What I am surprised about is that I've never heard of it before. It's really cool for a mostly instrumental album. Laid back, if not quite ambient, with a really cool sound to it. I think I'm going to try and pick up this album on vinyl based on my first listen. This was a great palette-cleanser after having to review a fucking KISS album yesterday 4/5

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Quel bonheur de faire respirer le générateur avec un documentaire animalier. La voix de Pierre Arditi donne aux images de drones volant au-dessus de la banquise une poésie qui ravira petits et grands.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Je n'ai pas trop compris ce que cet album venait faire dans cette liste, quand des artistes comme Céline Dion se sont vus refuser l'accès à ce cercle de petit privilégiés. Néammoins, l'album débutait sur de belles notes, un début d'écoute plutôt amusante, moi et mes camarades procédant à une bataille de polochons. Toute cette petite troupe était hilares, hurlant des phrases en allemand n'ayant pas le moindre sens sorties de leur bouche. Quand tout d'un coup, l'ambiance change du tout au tout. Jurgen fait son apparition dans la pièce, et jette immédiatement un froid dans l'assemblée. Il fixe de ses yeux de glace le denommé Ludvig, tenant une chaise en plastique entre ses deux mains, et le sermonna immédiatemment d'un "Die Stuhle musst mie die Stuhle sein". S'en suivirent de pénibles heures pour notre joyeuse troupe, bien moins guillerette qu'à l'accoutumée. A suivre donc

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Fri May 21 2021
1

Just boring ambient sounds. 2/10.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

Apparently I had to hear this album once before I die, so I did. That was plenty...1 🌟

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Thu Dec 09 2021
1

Hefts a pure carcinogen that is as mysterious as its inclusion in this list

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Wed Dec 15 2021
1

I honestly... Just what can I say? It was awful, I didn't vibe at all to this... The worst album I've heard so far. It is now my benchmark for 1's.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
1

Painful. 1

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Thu Jul 07 2022
1

No, just no. This is terrible, and I have no idea why I had to hear it at all. Anytime it started to get almost (and almost is a loose term here) listenable, it went in some weird ass, left-field direction and totally pulled me out of it.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

I love penguins

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

This was a real winner for me. I don’t know why it resonated with me so much. But the intermingling of the instruments was great. Definitely on the list to pick up.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Quite nice, atmospheric music.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Very pleasant listening. It's an interesting combination of instruments and genres they normally aren't heard in. Some of the songs remind me of songs in the style of Apocalyptica (who came much later, but I heard first). I wonder if these people were an influence.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

The main reason I'm listening through the 1001 is to find stuff like this. Super chill, experimental and simply very well done.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Pingviinikahvilassa ois varmaan toiminu paremmin ku kotikoneella töitä tehdessä

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Tue Sep 15 2020
5

lovely orchestra music

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

penguinnnnn!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Love this

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Has big avantgarde energy

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Wow, dette var deilig musikk! Elsker lydbildet, føler jeg blir dratt inn i en behagelig sinnstilstand, nesten til å drømme seg litt bort i. Minner meg nesten mest om spill-soundtrack enn noe annet. Er en del sære, alternative seksjoner inni der, men det bidrar bare til stemningen og gir litt variasjon. Herlighet, hvis ikke den kombinasjonen av clean gitar og fiolin ikke er det deiligste man kan høre, så vet ikke jeg. Beste sanger: Penguin Café Single, The Sound Of Someone You Love og In A Sydney Motel.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Gostei, muito bom para estudar. Destaque para "Zopf: Milk" e "The Sound Of Someone You Love Who's Going Away And It's Doesn't Matter", sendo que a última me lembra muito "Espatódea" do Nando Reis.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Troppo bravi

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Really like this.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Cool.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Excellent

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

No idea who/what/when. But damn, sounds very joyful 5/5

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Fabulous, always happy to listen to these guys

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

HAVE YOU EVER FUCKED A PENGUIN IN THE ASS? HAVE YOU FUCK! HAVE YOU EVER FUCKED A PENGUIN IN THE ASS? HAVE YOU FUCK! HAVE YOU EVER FUCKED A PENGUIN, EVER FUCKED A PENGUIN, EVER FUCKED A PENGUIN IN THE ASS? HAVE YOU FUCK!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

LOVE IT OMG

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Fantastic. A sample flippers paradise.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

This is such an strange yet earnest album. The orchestration is beautiful and expertly oscillates through moments of beauty, strangeness, and dread. Simply put, it is an avant-garde masterpiece. The use of traditional orchestration within an experimental folk framework packaged as an album of popular music manages create something that stands out among the experimental and progressive music of the 70s and that says an awful lot.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Beautiful

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

I have never, before today, heard of these people. I approached it knowing literally nothing. And it's really good. Tracks that are just on the edge of familiar while being absolutely new. This will definitely be listened to again.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

lovely!

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Johnny Greenwood came to mind while listening to this. I love it when I'm surprised. I really enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Great discovery.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Wonderfully chilled, no where near as wierd or abstract as some of the reviews on here suggest. Really liked this.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

This was superb.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I kind of assumed it wouldn't be some boring gift shop music and boy was I right. I like the subversive name and cover, and really enjoy the minimalism. Good background music. Favorite tracks: "Surface Tension", "Milk"

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Fresh

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Strange, but beautiful.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Beautiful music, folk style orchestral mixed with 70s electric sounds and some improv, produced by eno, very pretty and soothing.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

I liked this. Some tracks excited me, others quite sombre and sad. Good variety and experimentation, but perfectly listenable.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Música de ambiente. Bastante agradable.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Very good!

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

some good tunes here, but it felt forgettable and just blended into the background

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

В принципе, слышу тут старый прог- и артрок. Но Вики говорит, цэ - авантпоп, значит авантпоп. Атмосферная музыка, прям чувствуешь, как сидишь в пингвиньем кафе, а они носят мороженку в высоких стаканах этих. Баланс между интересным оригинальным саундом и душной какофонией порой немного отклоняется в во вторую сторону, как на треках From the Colonies, Milk, Pigtail, но остальное - неплохо. Даже хорошо. Залипательно. Авангард, который мы заслужили, так скать. Да ещё и печать интеллекта на яйце есть. В общем, одобряем.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

наконец-то действительно новый для меня арт-альбом. ну ладно, музыка не то чтобы совсем ломает воображение, но время от времени удивляет, а когда вокал добавляется — вообще кайф же, прям из разряда чилла переходит в адекватную песню. Единственное, что немного смутило — собсна первый трек, который сингл. Мне кажется, или основной мотив пизжен откуда-то? Хотя, учитывая год выхода этой пластинки, вероятно шо пиздили у них. Но всё равно тема странная, и я всё никак не могу вспомнить, где эту мелодию уже слышал, немного напомнило Don't Stop Me Now королевы, но не совсем то. Вот, а в остальном вообще кайф, охуенное музло на подумать именно, т.е. не то чтобы совсем фоновое, а задающее определенное настроение, но и не сильно отвлекающее. 8/10

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

It’s a very unique and pleasant album this. Mostly instrumental pieces with some avant guard flairs to it, that helps to keep it interesting.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

I liked this one actually. A nice instrumental album that is pretty good to work to.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Kanskje det er fordi jeg aldri har hørt noe som dette før, men det her slo virkelig ann! Bygger opp noen skikkelig fredfulle stemninger, men er heller ikke redd for å bli skikkelig sær (for eksempel på Milk, for en låt!), og det er mye forskjellige eksperimenteringer fra folk, jazz og klassisk her. The sound of someone you love... er nok høydepunktet, men hele albumet danner et lydbilde jeg ser for meg er akkurat det de spiller på pingvinkafeer i virkeligheten.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Innovative

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Pretty good

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Very Cool Album!

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Really liked it. Peaceful music

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Enjoyed it, I'm glad stuff like it exists

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Delightfully weird album. Enjoyed this a lot.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Not like anything I've listened to before. Enjoyed the final few tracks. Will probably seek out more of their back catalogue

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Interesante álbum, experimental. Creo que debió ser muy vanguardista para su tiempo. Es bueno haberlo escuchado pero no sería música que escucharía seguido.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

This was fascinating and a really interesting departure from the recent music.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

SUPER chill album. I have never heard of the album or band before this, but I really enjoyed the peacefulness of this album. It's really nice to wind down with before bed. I'll definitely be listening to more of PCO.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

This is the most chill prog-rock album I have ever heard. I like it. 4.4/5 stars

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

🥸

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

This is lovely. Not sure this is the PCO album I'd have picked, if I was only picking one, but sure, whatever. I'm a sucker for some instrumental ambient or indie chamber music or however you categorize this stuff. Fave track - "Penguin Cafe Single", perhaps, or "Chartered Flight". It's not the sort of album with standout individual tracks, is it? It's all about the overall experience...

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

quirky

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Cool avant garde album. The only track I disliked was "Milk" (annoying). Standout tracks include the first track, Surface Tension, and The Sound of Someone... Can't call the album a 5 because I need to be in the right mood to listen - 5's are always great to me.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

I can't believe I've never listened to this album before. I've heard tracks by them on samplers though. This was a great listen. Eclectic but still very approachable. I didn't know that Brian Eno produced it but I did know that they shared a label with King Crimson (which is how I've heard some of their material). I will be checking out more of their albums in the future.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Strange and wonderful. Of course Brian Eno was a producer - I didn't know much about him, Roxy Music or the Penguins but I'm learning...and that means eccentric. This album is like someone said "why don't you try to make classical instruments sound cool and modern?" It's all original stuff but for the all-instrumental pieces I find myself saying "this must be like an elevator cover of some song I know." Somewhere I read this group described as avant-garde. I still don't know what that means, but what a fun trip.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Avant garde meets classical and intersects with folk music artists? Or is this all experimental? Found myself intrigued by what they were doing on these tracks. Worth a listen or two.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

experimental instrumentals, really enjoyed it.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

забавная инструментальная музыка, порой есть слова, действительно атмосфера пингвиньего кафе

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Perfect soundtrack to a 1970s Open University zoo trip.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

wow never heard of this in my life, yet there are a couple riffs that I've definitely heard before. Not something I'm going to listen to a lot but rather like it.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Really enjoying the sound for a collective I had never heard of. Will have to listen to the rest of the catalogue. The sound of someone you love... is a highlight. 4/5

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I love these groups that are hard to categorize, I would say they are Chamber/Folk/Rock. I particularly like them in their later albums when they become more minimalistic, similar to Glass or Nyman, but always very melodic and fairly accessible. This was a great debut by the Penguins, and I really enjoyed The Sound of someone you love and when it becomes very dissonant at around the 7 min mark. I'm glad they got recognized by 1,001.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Odd but interesting orchestral type music. Mostly confused about the impact of this album. 7/10

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

8/10. This was really nice.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Nice and relaxing

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

This is the album I didn't know I needed. Love me some experimental music, especially when it's mostly instrumental.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Folky, orchestrally and a bit post-rocky (before post-rock was a thing).

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Love the album cover to start with. Baroque fans is very fond of Giles Farnaby's Dream! I'm very happy meeting this album!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

an interesting album. Early Floyd meets an Orchestra

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Música de ambiente. Bastante agradable.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

fozzie’s version of Simon Smith was a profound part of my childhood. Much to appreciate on this album

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I love this band, and there's no better working music. Enough going on to get you through a large spreadsheet, slowly changing enough to not distract.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Bizarre and fantastic. I hardly know how to classify this, and it demands some context. But it is wildly enjoyable from start to finish. Way to go, classical pals.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Gostoso de ouvir.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

I'm not sure what to say about this album but I know I liked it.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

This was the best album that I'll never listen to again. Some really cool stuff there, but not my preferred genre.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Eccentrics, man.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

I had heard "The sound of someone you love who’s going away and it doesn’t matter" which I enjoy quite a bit. I believe I listened to this album once before and it didn't quite live up to the feelings I had with this certain song. I'm not sure the inclusion of vocals helps the album, but I get the feeling they got a group of folks together and they just do what they want, which I can respect. Also if you told me Brian Eno was singing on the track "In A Sydney Hotel" I would believe you. I just looked it up and apparently he is a producer, ha. Also absolute banger of a band name. I respect the concept enough to but up from 3.5 to 4, but I don't wanna hear all the tracks, personally.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Was kinda disappointed each time the vocals came in throughout the album. I wanted to stay inside the instrumental landscape they were building. Might have been a five for me had it remained entirely instrumental, but still, gotta give it some major love and respect for daring to create something outside of typical genre boundaries.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Love this! Makes me think of Stereolab.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

With its appearance I was baffled but when I got to listen to it I found it pleasant albeit a little odd. The folk and classical marriage works well - and somehow the whole record feels very orchestrated and thematic.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Very good chilled out album Like milk

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

pleasant

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I enjoyed this album. I will also undoubtedly never listen to it again. Best track: Penguin Cafe Single

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Was not expecting this. Surprising experiminimalist work that sets a course for other germs like The Books. I can dig it.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Really good, didn't expect this one.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Ok

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Beautiful

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Cute little album

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Had not heard this before but really loved it, perfect for cheering you up if you're in an odd mood. The vibe reminded me of the first Sigur Ros album, although this obviously pre-dates it, and is not hugely similar musically . 4 stars now, will probably become a firm favorite over time.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Quite artsy. As expected of any album with "Cafe" in the title. King Krule type beats. Standout Tracks: Penguin Cafe Single, Coronation, The Sound Of Someone You Love Who's Going Away And It Doesn't Matter

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Mon Oct 26 2020
3

A little quirky at times, but mostly enjoyable to listen to.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Meandering but really chill

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

listened to a few songs, typical first album stuff. Great concepts and song ideas but musically its not there yet. The debut is admirable, i wanna be swept away and then be cuddled by a handsome penguin. That was not the case we only got passed dinner and a walk to my car. night penguins

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Strange, reminds me of Brian Eno's work a little bit, good background sounds.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

It was wild.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

I like this. nice and chilled and good for working. Classical music for people who dont like classical music.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Fav song: Zopf: Giles Farnaby's Dream

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

light, breezy vibes. instrumental.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

7.1

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

not your typical orchestra

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Mon May 24 2021
3

I dunno

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

It has several enjoyable pieces, Chartered Flight, Giles Farnaby's Dream, but it also gets dissonant frequently and loses it's charm. An interesting listen.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

it was nice to listen to.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

this one was an interesting listen-to, but not my thing

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Pleasant orchestral folk. 6/10

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Wish I could give a 3.5... Mostly quite fun and relaxing, but then some jarring shit towards the end

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

"The band's sound is not easily categorized, having elements of exuberant folk music and a minimalist aesthetic occasionally reminiscent of composers such as Philip Glass." - From their Wiki page. Would be good as background music

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Kann man hören, muss aber nicht. Viel instrumental, Titeltrack ganz nett

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Relaxing

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Bonito mas não devo voltar a ouvir

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Instrumental a veces más interesante otras veces algo menos.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

A surprisingly contemporary genre-defying oeuvre from 1976 that blends elements of chamber orchestral music, psych-rock and others. Reminds me of The Books.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

You know, I actually really enjoyed listening to this whilst cooking, it lifted my mood. I found the bits where it was suddenly high pitched, and where is got kind of experimental, were too much for me. It was a bit spaceshippy at points which was fun, and I like that theres a song called hugebaby 😆

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Not that fussed, but did prompt me to listen to their second album which is quality. Gave an extra star for that

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Weird and not quite good enough to make it work, I think. I learned that Zopf means pigtail. I liked Giles Farnaby’s Dream ok.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Just not my thing I suppose. It's more like an interesting collection of sounds than music.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

I'm pleasantly surprised that this album was included on the 1001 list. Most of the curator's choices are obvious, boneheaded or both; this is neither. Music From The Penguin Cafe is unique, both in The Penguin Cafe Orchestra's discography and more generally. It seems to me that the group's driving force, Simon Jeffes, was still trying to figure out what his group was all about. Seemingly irreconcilable elements fight for dominance, sometimes in the same song. You have feints at pop songs, pastoral violins, world music tropes boiled down to their essence, and avant guarde noodling, flavored from time to time with producer Brian Eno's effects processing. Adding to the strangeness is the prominence of Fender Rhodes (mostly used in jazz fusion) and electric guitar. Sometimes Music From The Penguin Cafe is awkward, sometimes it's gorgeous, but it sure as hell ain't boring.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Listenable but not super engaging for me. Very ambient and experimental in parts. Really disliked the songs with vocals. Progenitor of bands like Air, who I like better, but I recognize the Eno influence and respect the vision to make a record like this.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Mal was komplett anderes. Folksy, jazzy, entspannt, eso

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Early version of their rock chamber music

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Huh. I think this took a while to grow, but it did grow on me. A variety of musical ideas swimming about but the trade off is in coherence. Still, it gets better after the first track. Favourite track: "The Sound of Someone You Love Who's Going Away and It Doesn't Matter"

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Including The Who below here. I wish I could like them but just can’t. It always sounds like generic rock to me. Keith Moon’s drumming is definitely distinct and noticeable but doesn’t add anything for me. Opening with Baba O’Riley and ending with Behind Blue Eyes is iconic but the rest was forgettable. Penguin Cafe was interesting. I guess i would describe it as more interesting background music. In particular liked track 3.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

A relaxing and pretty yet also perplexing orchestral album. I especially enjoyed the string work on this album and while I found some very peaceful, beautiful work here; I was also left scratching my head more than once. It's an interesting look at what 70s orchestral music was dabbling in, but I'm not sure if it worked well enough for me as a whole piece (even if a few of the tracks will be definitely going into my ambient/insttrumental playlist).

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Alright, later albums are far better

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Relaxing.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Interesting

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

I was expecting either stuffy chamber pop or elevator music. It's a small victory that this was neither. Some weird avant-garde stuff, but nothing too out of the norm. The best track features a reinterpretation of La Bamba, which was fun. Best track: Giles Farnaby's Dream

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Fav song: the sound of someone you love

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Weird! I liked. I didn’t fall over.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

Ok this has a dumb name so I'm expecting something silly. Maybe prog? The timeline is about right... Ok, this is pretty spacey. Not prog, it's... avant garde? They weren't lying when they used the word orchestra, but it's way stranger than the name implies. I don't think I'd ever listen to this willingly, it drags on a bit and some of it heads into anti-music territory (at one point it sounded like R2D2 having a stroke), but I gotta give it a tip of the hat for being weird and unique without pissing me off too much. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Interesting instrumental full of psychodelics and ambience

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Interesting sounds, clearly pulled by Eno to an ambient direction. Was a good listen for exposure, but nothing to really return to again.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

This was an album I'd always seen in my local record shop when I was at uni - it seemed odd just from the cover and the music is definitely skewed towards the odd even though it's using traditional instruments. Mostly instrumental, slightly odd and it's ok for that - still, I'm glad I didn't buy it. Best Tracks: Penguin Cafe Single; Zopf: From the Colonies; The Sound of Someone You Love Going Away and it Doesn't Really Matter

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Not really my thing.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Eccentric, but in a nice way

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Teraz z calkiem innej beczki piczek, bo jesli pamiec mnie nie myli jest to pierwszy reprezentant muzyki klasycznej na liscie do tej pory, wiec oczywiscie jestem totalnym ignorantem w tak wysublimowanym gatunku, trzeba dodac ze jest to muzyka klasyczna w stylu contemporary, a zatem wspolczesnym, roznica polega przedwszystkim na tym jak bardzo wykorzystywane sa komputry w celu uzyskania boskiego dzwieku, wiec nie same klikanie klawiszy, czy pociagniecia smyczkow stanowia o brzmieniu calosci, ale wazna role odgrywa takze producent, a co do producenta, to jest nim nie kto inny jak pan Eno, ale tym razem tylko w wydaniu executivowym, wiec raczej za kompem nie siedzial przy minksowaniu materialu, co do samej plyty, to zastanawiajacy jest motyw pingwinowy na okladce oraz nazwach plyty i bandy, sama banda Penguin Cafe Orchestra sklada sie z 4 czlonkow Helen Liebmann na wiolonczeli, Gavyn Wright na altowce oraz skrzypkach, Steve Nye na organach elektrycznych i stanowisku inzynieria projektu oraz czlowiek orkiesta Simon Jeffes, czlowiek orkiesta, bo jego wikiowa lista instrumentowo wokalna zawiera electric guitar, bass, ukulele, cuatro, spinet, electric piano, mouth percussion, sheng, ring modulator, vocals, to jest orginalny sklad, ale traki od drugiego do osmego byly wykonywane w formacji zapisanej na trakliscie jako zopf, dochodza tam grajkowie ukulele i wokale, ale tych wokali jak na lekarstwo na albumie, bo przeciez to muzyka klasyczna, wiec jedynym trakiem od poczatku do konca okraszonym wokalami bedzie coronation, wokale brzmia jak wokale w muzyce klasycznej, ktora jednak nie jest grana na koncertach, ale w studiu, troche dziwne uczucia mam z tym zwiazane, jesli chodzi o brzmienie jakie najbardziej mnie uderzylo z tego 45 minutowego materialu, to polaczenie gitary elektrycznej ze smyczkami, zwlaszcza na otwierajacym penguin cafe single, jesli nazwa traczka nie jest przypadkowa i byl to singiel promujacy krazek, to zdecydowanie byl to dobry wybor zeby sprzedac ten album, bo kawalek zawiera skompresowana reszte albumu, nie ujmujac calej reszcie ten jest naprawde dopakowany, kolejnym traczkiem wartym uwagi jak dla mnie byla najdluzsza kompozycja calej plyty numer 9 na liscie liczacy ponad 11 minut, tutaj glownie za sprawa tego, ze czuc motyw przewodni kawalka z samego instrumentala, czego nie bylem w stanie doswiadczyc na innych numerach, ale tak to jest jak jest sie ignorantem w kompozycjach klasycznych, chociaz pewnie malo co taki album ma z muzyka klasyczna i bedzie to raczej instrumentalny folk, tak jak podpowiada wiki, dwa wspomniane traczki laduja na plejce, tym razem na plejce z instrumentalnymi klasycznymi ostami, bo nie wiem gdzie lepiej by byloby je zaklasyfikowac, a nie bede tak bardzo sie rozdrabnial w nowe plejki

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

Produced by Brian Eno. Something really good about this album. At first, I thought it was just another boring (mostly) instrumental album, but this one caught me by surprise. I really enjoyed it. Like to hear it again. 3/5 Standouts: Penguin Cafe Single

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

was alrighttttt

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

I was surprised to see that this was released in 1976, a decade (or two) before I had first heard of these guys. It sounds like a folk-tinged version of Michael Nyman, though Nyman and the big minimalist names were still pretty obscure in 76. Some pleasant pieces. I prefer side two with it's longer tracks vs. the shorter avant-garde tracks on side 1, especially the ones with weird vocals.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

6/10 don't think I'll listen again but it had some really pretty moments and was creative and well produced.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

It’s fine for what it is, but it’s not for me. I’m glad someone is thinking of the penguins though.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Pleasant but I didn’t love it.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Un album avec de la jusique et de super musicien. Pour le contenu je ne suis pas certain de ces quoi vra8ment. 3

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

Toen ik de albumhoes, de albumnaam en het terugkerende woord 'zopf' zag, had ik hoge verwachtingen. Jammer dat het sombertjes was. Zitten wel echt mooie stukken in.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

After the previous classic rock posts, this one came as a surprise. I had not heard the Penguin Cafe Orchestra so this was a first time listen. At times, the music was fresh and uplifting and this sometimes came across as a experimental orchestral soundtrack score. I can't say I disliked it and actually it's very pleasant background music, but as a "must hear", I'm not so sure.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Well, this album was delightfully weird. I absolutely loved a lot of the instrumentals, but the tracks with vocals on just didn't land as well for me. From the colonies sounds like it could soundtrack one of the jokier spaghetti westerns and it will be a while before I can get it out of my head! A strong 3, but a 3 nonetheless.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

What the fuck is this? P-p-p pick up a penguin. Erm...it was actually decent. 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧 Up the penguins.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

The album floats along merrily with a few ripples but it never really p p p p picks-up.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Heel vreemde en opvallende hoes, en ook titel. Geen idee wat te verwachten, maar de rustige folkmuziek kon ik wel smaken. Maar de nummers met vocals vond ik minder

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Folk instrumental inglés. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Quite different sounding - 1976, but seems timeless. Really different, but in a good way.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

I had no idea what this was but I enjoyed it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

One Iv never heard of before, very weird and wonderful, glad I listened to this, but don’t it will make my frequent rotation, maybe for background music when I’m working.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

I enjoyed this, it was very chill.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

I can see the appeal, but I don't think it will be more than background music for me.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Really pretty interesting album

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Áhugaverð plata. Fín að hluta inn á bakgrunnsplaylista.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

-I swear I recognize like 5 riffs from "Penguin Cafe Single" -A lot of wonkyness but also some bass action in "Milk" -It was kind of interesting, but mostly weird. The strongest song was definitely "Penguin Cafe Single"

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Nice chill stuff, would listen again

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

Good as background music, but gets a bit repetitive. Nice textures though.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

eyyy clezic

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Not bad, but overstayed its welcome.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

I liked. Nice and relaxing. No idea of what is the art value to be in this list.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

I liked this pretty well, and points just for being well off the beaten track... the pop got a little too avant- for me in several places though, shading well into annoying territory. But I’d be up to hear more from this project.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

not bad few songs a bit out there

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

i love penguins and everything about this pleases me

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

It's a totally unique sound and, in places, pure ear honey. Still not sure I like it though!

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

It's nice and pleasant, but nothing that special. 3 stars.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I don't really understand the importance of this album. Kind of a modern classical thing. Nothing too challenging or impressive. A mellow, easy listen while I was working. Not going to listen to more from these guys but I was ok with the time I spent with them here.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Unlike anything I've ever heard. Weird, wacky, artsy, quarky... I prefer the ones NOT labeled "zopf".

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

This was weird. Sometimes good and sometimes strange. I don’t know how I feel about it.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Nice. Maybe someday i'll play it again.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

From the aublime to the cor blimey! So.e beautiful violin and some grating noise. Interesting but confusing

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

It's like King Crimson was forced to play a very fancy wedding.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

This is a weird one but it’s grown on me. I’m not in love but I don’t hate it either. It’s also hard to describe but I imagined the whole album being played by a bunch of penguins which is kinda cool. Ukelele, harpsichord, strings, electric piano, suicide, violins, guitar, “The Queen is dead”. Zopf: A Sydney Motel gave slight Elliott Smith/The For Carnation. The whole records feels all over the place. It’s out there and never boring

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

This is actually not the first time I’ve heard Penguin Cafe Orchestra, as I already have a song by them in my liked songs. My favorite off this album was The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away And It Doesn’t Matter, but some of the album was a bit too weird.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

those penguins do be composing that music though

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Never heard of this project before. Certainly unusual and unexpected in terms of the feelings this music evokes. Beautiful and unique, sort of ambient, sort of new age, nice work from a group of obviously talented musicians.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

ihan kiva mutta yksi kysymys... miten :.. VITUSSA VOI.. PENGVIINIT OLLA ORKESTERISSA???? HAHAHHAHHAHA HULVATONTA!!!!! joo mutta tota noin ei mikään kummonen vähä rupes jopa vituttaa jossain vaiheessa... mutta yks biisinpykälä nimittäin the sound of someone you love who's going away and it doesn't matter aika paska biisin nimi mutta siis mestarillinen teos yesmäinen mahtisuoritus... nostattaa yksin parilla tähdellä... muuten vähän PASKA

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Quite a departure from most of the typical styles and genres. Most of the tracks caught my ear, and I must admit I didn't really get into whether I liked or didn't like it. A good signal of how different it is. And some of it is really beautiful.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

A little box of surprises.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Nice melodies and a nice album to work to. A pleasant surprise!

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