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Firmament IV
Firmament IV
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Main
Title: Firmament IV
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Beggars Banquet
Original Release Date: 9/22/1998
Release Date: 9/22/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 607618020224

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Still interesting, but mostly a bit boring
loteq | Regensburg | 07/26/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This two-CD-Set contains the third and fourth part of the "Firmament"-series. Unfortunately these recordings are not as interesting as the first two "Firmament"-releases. "III" repeats the structures and sounds of "II", while "IV" is mainly a very quiet recording reminiscent of Brian Eno's ambient albums during the late 70's and early 80's. These sounds sink deep into you, but as a whole, this double-CD-set is a rather tedious affair. Please check the "Hz"-CD-set instead!"
An update since my last review
loteq | Regensburg | 04/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is an US-only three-disc set, containing the third and fourth part of the "Firmament" series as well as the live performance "Deliquescence". All these items are solo efforts by Robert Hampson (second guitarist Scott Dawson meanwhile had departed), and this box set clearly stands in the shadow of "Hz" and earlier Main albums. The waves of polar static, mechanical clicks, and alienated guitar samples which distinguished "Fm. I" and "Fm. II" make "Fm. III" little more than a variation on a form. There are some nice sound effects, melodious parts ("XIII", "XV"), and contributions by Paul Schutze, but "Fm. III" clearly lacks the hyperactive element and consistency that made "Fm. II" the most interesting ambient album of the '90s. While "Fm. III" is still an o.k. introduction to Main's cosmos, "Fm. IV" is bland and pale. Some tracks contain sudden cuts between noise and silence, but this is rather to prevent the listener from falling asleep. Only "XIX" with its threatening atmosphere leaves a lasting impression. The rest is certainly not bad, but I think Brian Eno has done this kind of calm ambient music with more passion and drama, just listen to "Ambient 4-On land" or "Music for films I-III". As Main hasn't released another album for over two years now, "Fm. IV" could be a sign of creative bankruptcy. The third disc, containing the thrilling live performance "Deli" (I did a separate review for this item), makes this box set rewarding, though. However, if you want to hear Main at its best, I recommend the double-disc set "Hz"."