Best Vangelis AlbumsI think Vangelis' artistic success is owed to him being an autodidact, pushing himself to elevate his work. Lot of songs are filler on albums that could've been shorter. Otherwise I can count ten albums that are pretty much flawless.
The quiet moments, the structure, the timelessness of the melodies, the simplicity of it. If it wasn't for L'Enfant which is the one everyone secretly wishes wasn't there keeps this from being a perfect album. And everything else is.
This album has a lot of breathing space. No weak links, every song fits right in. The production is impeccable. Touching quieter moments, immensely listenable louder moments.
Minimalism, meditativeness. The former is a rarer occurence on a Vangelis album, and is well embraced. This is music for when you need a break in life.
I wouldn't say that this has a wealth of major content. The final two tracks are useless and don't fit in. But tracks 2 thru to 5 beg to be listened to routinely. They make for a stripped down but captivating set.
Really no weak link in here. Strong emotions and understated beauty are evoked by strong compositions.
Lots of gems, some filler.
The first half of Horizon is a bit annoying but everything else is solid.
Lots of incredible playing and production. Quiet moments, loud moments, bewildering moments. But movement 4 is really annoying.
Absolutely nothing wrong with this album. But perhaps not as ambitious as some of the others I put here.
The atmosphere is unforgettable.
His 2nd best work only behind Chariots of Fire.