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A Song for Lost Blossoms

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Pensive Aphrodite
A Song For Lost Blossoms
Forever Hold My Breath
At This Moment
Of Many Mirrors
The Saint of Whispers
Blind Flowers
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 74:49

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Perfect Ambience


Although I recommend the CD version with the bonus hour-long track which recontextualizes elements from the other pieces.

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Beautiful, meditative, sublime.

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I'm a fan of about anything related to Budd. But this is rather uninteresting. The first track which is half the album sounds like Budd fell asleep on the keyboard and Clive went on warming up playing uninspired chords even missing a note or two here and there. Don't bother..

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Middling Noodling


As much as I love Harold Budd, this just doesn't rate high on the scale. It sounded like a gem at first, then quickly became tiring as the two performers engage in improvised noodling on meager musical themes. Pleasant background music perhaps, but the true beauty of Budd always emerged in the repeated listenings. For that, I continue to be drawn back to his true 5-star achievements like "The Pearl" and, for another collaborative masterpiece, his two-disc set with John Foxx ("Translucence/Drift Music"). This one's just so-so.

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Melancholy Bliss


What more is there when you're a fan of Harold Budd? Well, there's the variety of collaborations -- and this one doesn't disappoint: Another star in the constellation that IS Harold Budd -- Thanks to eMusic!

They Say All Music Guide

Well then, so much for composer Harold Budd’s “retirement.” The wonderful Avalon Sutra/As Long as I Can Hold My Breath from 2005 was supposedly his swan song. Indeed, he was quoted in interviews as saying that he’d said everything he wanted to say musically. Given the sound of A Song for Lost Blossoms on Darla, that’s perhaps very true. This isn’t meant to suggest that what’s here isn’t worthy of a single listen, or isn’t full of the studied, halting magical subtlety that has given Budd his longstanding reputation as a composer of music that is truly beautiful and mysterious as well as understated. Hardly. Recorded over two years in collaboration with guitarist and producer Clive Wright (Cock Robin, Peter Gabriel, the Black Eyed Peas) at various studios and at one another’s homes, much of what is here is exactly that. However, at seven tracks and nearly 75 minutes, this is Budd at his most excessive, haltingly contemplative, and calculating. What made Avalon Sutra/As Long as I Can Hold My Breath so captivating is that it not only surveyed the long and winding territory of all the stages of Budd’s career as a minimal but abstract composer of melodic music, but that it also took some chances with his own forms and pointed in new directions, places worth summing up because they were actually previously unexplored. The music here with Wright — and a very nice sampled string arrangement by the wonderful Akira Rabelais on “Forever Hold My Breath” (Rabelais did the production and electronic cut-up on “As Long as I Can Hold My Breath”) — is simply long, repetitive, and aimless. It provides atmospheres for dreaming — especially the 32-minute opening track, “Pensive Aphrodite” — but not much else. The music here is so wispy, meandering around very small frames, that it seems to go nowhere at all no matter how pleasant it is. This isn’t meant to suggest that longtime Budd fans won’t be absolutely delighted with the album; it simply means that revisiting and repeating yourself endlessly isn’t a very memorable way to retire. Let’s hope that either Budd is back and plans on exploring some new territory in the future, or that these recordings are just a left-over, stuttering gasp to be issued without regard for overall quality, and that his last intentional will and testament as a composer was indeed the Avalon Sutra release. – Thom Jurek

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