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Album Review

With The Room, Harold Budd makes his major-label debut. Expanding on a track from The White Arcades, he crafts 13 pieces with a simple, childlike innocence that also contain rich textures beneath, inducing a calm, meditative state — perfect for relaxation therapy or cloud watching. As he has been a longtime master of ambient atmospherics, Budd is able to create a benign, peaceful aural gallery as each piece slowly, quietly unfolds into a different "room," heard in the shimmering bells of "The Room Alight," the chanted voices of "The Candied Room," and the somber "Room of Forgotten Children" (note the wonderfully evocative titles). Though some of the synthesizer textures verge on a little too much new age sweetness, his piano is always a thing of tranquil beauty, veiled in layers of eerie echo, evoking a half-remembered dream. After many interesting collaborative records, this is an impressive return to form to Budd's early to mid-'80s heyday.

Customer Reviews

Dreamy but engaging walk-around

I bought this on the strength of Budd's gorgeous CD "The Pearl", his collaboration with Brian Eno. I can't add that much to the editor's summation, except to say that the CD affects me in much the same way. It is dreamy (or dreamlike) but part of my mind follows it, which is fairly rare with a lot of New Agey-music, which tends to bore me after a while. I find this fresh and evocative. Definitely worth checking into.

Perfect for a gray, melancholy day

This album is perfect for those days where it's gray outside and you kind of feel blue. There are days where you just want to feel melancholy, and this album is the perfect backdrop. But it isn't only good for feeling low; it can help lift you up when you are really feeling down. Highly recommended!

Atmosphere at its best

New Age music, like documentaries on the production of sausage, is an acquired taste. You either get it, or go running into the night fearful that the terrible dream will never end. Harold Budd has created one of the best films about sausage ever produced. It tastes like it smells, and the smell is perfect! When silence won't do and noise will be a distraction this collection of sound and atmosphere is what you need.


Born: May 24, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The American ambient/neo-classical composer who has most closely allied himself with the increasingly sympathetic independent rock underground -- through his collaborations with the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie -- Harold Budd is also one of the very few who can very rightly be called an ambient composer. His music, a sparse and tonal wash of keyboard treatments, was inspired by a boyhood spent listening to the buzz of telephone wires near his home in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville, CA (though...
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The Room, Harold Budd
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, New Age
  • Released: Aug 04, 2000

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