Album #362 – Music from the Penguin Cafe

Album #362

The best way to describe Music from the Penguin Cafe is a cross between chamber music and the Incredible String Band. That is what I felt while listening to this album. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and sister ensemble Zopf, are a small group of mostly classical musicians with a knack for experimentation. Having Brian Eno as this album’s executive producer does not hurt either. Guitarist Simon Jeffes is the group’s defacto leader and founder. I don’t really have much to say about this album. But, one track in particular really moved me. The Sound Of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter, this album’s longest track, was very mellow and displayed a wide range of emotion. As most of you who read this blog regularly know, I am a sucker for emotion in music. If I can make an emotional connection, whether happy, sad, funny, mellow or otherwise, you have me sold. That song was very mellow, somewhat sad, and fits the songs title perfectly. The album was not as jarring as I originally thought but, the music fell into the background easily. There was some singing on Music from the Penguin Cafe as well but, even that was lost in the muck. Not a bad album but, one that I feel is only on the list because Eno had a role in it’s production. Overall, I give Music from the Penguin Cafe, 4 out of 5.

Next: Oxygene by Jean-Michel Jarre

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