|1. Ready Lets Go|
|2. Music Is Math|
|3. Beware the Friendly Stranger|
|6. Sunshine Recorder|
|7. In the Annexe|
|8. Julie and Candy|
|9. The Smallest Weird Number|
|11. Energy Warning|
|12. The Beach at Redpoint|
|13. Opening the Mouth|
|14. Alpha and Omega|
|15. I Saw Drones|
|16. The Devil Is in the Details|
|17. A Is to B as B Is to C|
|18. Over the Horizon Radar|
|19. Dawn Chorus|
|20. Diving Station|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
It is also interesting to reflect that a number of reviewers think it has some wasted space. The only wasted space for me is the 24th track. The actual last, the 23rd, is 1 min 40 secs of silence, a fitting end to a remarkable CD.
My second listen to this album was punctuated by a phone call from a dear friend suffering disquieting pain from cancer and its treatment. A fitting interlude - it felt as if the call was part of the journey.
LATER THOUGHTS - ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS:
Unlike others, I can't find a track out of place on this CD. Standouts are:
- 'Music is Math' - even the beats are depressed, under disassociated vocals. Stunningly downbeat.
- 'Gyroscope' - speaks of unrequited life! Kid counting is chilling in its lack of connection to anything.
- 'Dandelion' - synth wash over seemingly unrelated vox samples makes for a brilliant juxtaposition of sounds
- 'Sunshine Recorder' - Vocal interjection "It's a beautiful place" just doesn't fit the arrid accompanying melodies and beats - brilliant!
- 'Julie and Candy' - almost optomistic, this dissolves into darkness organically. Not a note out of place.
- '1969' - what a remarkable track. Definitely danceable, but I can't see it gracing the dancefloor too often.
- 'The Beach at Redpoint' - insistent, driven rhythms beautfully set off by dark synth washes. Almost an album highlight.
- 'Alpha and Omega' - sheer brilliance. Descent and decay clothed in optimism.
- 'I Saw Drones' - delightful filler, as all of the 'interludes' are.
- 'The Devil is in the Details' - Matmos-liposuction-like beat and vocals make this the quirkiest track on the CD.
- 'a is to be as b is to c' - another insightful filler track
- 'Dawn Chorus' - perfect portent of the close of this miraculous CD journey through melancholy, beautifully followed by:
- Diving Station - poignant and almost an antidote to much of what surrounds it, but still managing to remain on the dark side.
- 'Corsair' - could the boys have found a better track to end this?
- 'Magic Window' - silence can be used very skilfully, not very often better than here!
My friend, mentioned above, passed away. I will always remember her when listening to this!
The first track I ever heard from Boards of Canada was an mp3 I downloaded of "roygbiv. Read more
I had to leave it be.
Next time I came with money, it was gone!
"NOOOO! Read more