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Well well well. Mr Max Richter has made a pop album! Actually, it's only pop in so far that the songs are the length of classic punk hits like 'Love Song' by The Damned or 'Oh Shit!' by Buzzcocks. But the music. Oh the music. It really couldn't be anyone else. '24 Postcards in Full Colour' is a fine collection of fleeting vignettes, brief candles as Aldous Huxley once commented. wistful piano sket ...

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24 Postcards In Full Colour by Max Richter
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 21 August 2008
Well well well. Mr Max Richter has made a pop album! Actually, it's only pop in so far that the songs are the length of classic punk hits like 'Love Song' by The Damned or 'Oh Shit!' by Buzzcocks. But the music. Oh the music. It really couldn't be anyone else. '24 Postcards in Full Colour' is a fine collection of fleeting vignettes, brief candles as Aldous Huxley once commented. wistful piano sketches, slightly amorphous & detached, like little jingles for a profound day in the life of an introverted bassett hound. When the strings hit, 10 mins in, your spine melts in all the usual places and you're so glad this wonderful man is here to soothe our troubled lives with his affecting soundscapes. Phil's main gripe with this album is that the songs are too short and aren't allowed to develop. That's where your imagination comes in for these babies are merely teasing snatches of intoxicating mood music. It's like channel hopping through 24 great stations and the merest suggestion of each track is hugely rewarding. It's not all piano 'n' strings. 'In Louisville at 7' is a sweet lo-fi guitar instrumental overlaid with field recordings and submerged in the ether of distortion, then the succeeding tune sounds like Terry Riley jamming with MBV!! He flirts with many shifting styles & tones over the duration leaving his busy pallette full of possibilities for the future! I'm really happy with this album, it's his first to feature on both vinyl & weirdly enough as ringtones which given the nature of most people's choice of tinnitus inducing idiocy is a welcome relief! Utterly peerless in my eyes (but with Leeds' Gareth S. Brown snapping at his heels !) this could only be AOTW....

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