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"Ginnungagap is Robert Scott Thompson’s most important CD. An essential CD under the umbrella genre of electronic-ambient. The CD earns a five-star rating. Listeners will enjoy this disc. Deep listeners will embrace it.” - All Music Guide
Ginnungagap is ambient/world music for fans of the Eno/Bowie/Gabriel world music concepts. It's all here: world, pop, rock, avant-garde, classical, and is unique in its arrangements. The music and performances are first-rate throughout and will strongly appeal to fans of more energetic ambient music, if there is such a thing. This is not my favorite Thompson release, but then again I prefer his more subtle ambient textures. If you prefer your music with more of a bounce and variety, this release may be the one for you.
I was disappointed when I got Ginnungagap and listened to it for the first time. To me, it seemed like a collection of nice sounds arranged in the wrong order. Now, I just finished listening to it for the fourth time and it keeps growing on me. This is a great album, one of my recent favorites! Very different from everything else I've listened to.
I prefer RST's melodic side, the one he shows in Ginnungagap and Aether. Still, my favorite is Air Friction, because it provides a good balance of this melodic side with his (light) ambient side.
Two thumbs up from me too. In case you didn't read a message I posted a while ago, I said back then that I didn't like Ginnungagap at first (a nice collection of sounds arranged in the wrong order, at least that's what I thought). My attitude changed a bit on the second listen and it changed a lot on the third one. That's really a nice album, and very different from everything else I've heard, despite its being similar sometimes to Patrick O'Hearn's music (I don't think RST is going for that, but I could be wrong).
Go ahead. Either try his dark side (Cloud Cover perhaps) if that's what you're into, or his light side, if your taste is similar to mine.
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