19 Songs, 2 Hours, 3 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

52 Ratings
52 Ratings

Perhaps the pinnacle of minimalist drone


This might be the best drone album ever recorded. It is certainly in the top ten. If you are already a fan of drone/ambient then this album is a must own. If you aren't, but would like to explore the genre, this is an absolutely wonderful place to start. The music is rich, majestic, and full of deep currents of emotion. If you are afraid to commit to the entire album, the Broken Harbors triptych is simply beautiful and is the best set on the album. If I were picking out music to listen to while sitting on the observation deck of a starship in deep space, I would start with Broken Harbors.

The obligatory note about drone: if you are unfamiliar with drone, be aware that it is not for everyone. You should sample first and see if you enjoy the sort of stretched tones and minimalist vibrations that characterize the genre.



i must say that this is not only the prime example of what the genre entails but one of my favorite records of recent. wow... i want to say so bad that it is one of my all time favorite records.... why not? okay thats it, i officialy decided that it is, right here in the middle of writing this review. (more hype:)
when god and ambient drone got together this is what came of it. yes thats right this is the baby, the baby that grew up to be the most important album on earth. okay, no really, this is more than a fine album, its a modern masterpiece (i really mean that one). requiem for dying mothers is my favorite set as of now, if you are looking for a sample.



I have been listening to disc 2 of this album every day in my truck for about a month now. i hear something new and different everytime. Requiem for Dying Mothers is fantastic. Great album!

About Stars of the Lid

Ambient drone duo Stars of the Lid was formed in Austin, TX, by guitarists Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie, the latter also a member of Windsor for the Derby as well as the longtime soundman for Bedhead. Debuting in 1994 with Music for Nitrous Oxide, the duo returned the following year with Gravitational Pull vs. the Desire for an Aquatic Life; signing to Kranky, Stars of the Lid next resurfaced in 1997 with the epic The Ballasted Orchestra. 1998's Per Aspera Ad Astra, a collaboration with painter Jon McCafferty, preceded the Sub Rosa release Avec Laudenum. Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid landed in 2001, with And Their Refinement of the Decline following in 2007. Both were double CDs. ~ Jason Ankeny

Austin, TX



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