Birds Of Passage is a wonderful release. A huge assortment of acoustic and wind instruments were brought in to support the computer synthesis of Nils and vocal incantations of Anneli. Geir is back with some of the keyboards and programming again and many others join the trio in the studio to bring instruments like the flugelhorn, viola, cello, clarinet and more. Live drums were even used. But though all of these instruments and a half dozen more people than W-O C are included here, the sound is still wonderfully arranged while deliciously complicated. It is here that you begin to notice BC's use of more standard instruments and sounds to complement the programmed synthesizer melodies. 11 tracks. Warner. 2005.
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The Hoopster | Winston-Salem, NC USA | 06/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The year was 1990. I had a bit of a "dark" period in my sophomore year in college. Not as in "evil" but more of a "blue" period, such as Van Gogh. I call it a mixture of home sickness and lonelines. So I went out to find some music that had a mood to it and that I could relate to in terms of where I was at the time. I listen to everything from rock to bluegrass to techno to classical. I saw this album mixed among the racks at a music store near campus and tried it out. After just the first 30 seconds of the first 3 songs I dove in and bought it. The track "Continuum" is my favorite. The rest of the songs take you in a wide array of emotions. One makes me think of love. Another, pain and misery. Another song is hopeful, as if looking for treasure. And one even makes me happy and want to dance. Some will haunt you, causing you to be silent, reflective, temperate. This album did not age with me. It still is in the front of my CD holder among my most listened to. It carried me then. It brings memories to me now. It takes me back to times of change. It carries me forward to the change of the future. With it, I dream. I escape into another place, and forget my troubles in a world apart. Begin your own dreams... This album will take you to them..."