An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2011 Ratings: #123 / 968
User Score
Based on 279 ratings
2011 Ratings: #5
Liked by 17 people
June 21, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Ambient / Genres
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☆☆☆☆☆ — masterpiece
This is one of those albums that has been sitting in my list of music to listen to for a very, very long time. Within the past couple days, I finally got around to checking it out, and I haven't been as surprised with any album as I am with this in a long time.
In a surreal and paranormal exploration of how music can really affect someone, James Kirby put together so many sounds and genres that I can't even fathom how he got the idea to put this together. It's like a schizophrenic version of ... read more
What makes this album even more mesmerizing is knowing that The Caretaker will be getting dementia and having its demise within the next decade. Honestly its a pretty chilling concept.
i normally dont write anything more than a snarky comment for reviews nower-days but when something special like this album finds me i almost feel like i have to talk about it and how good it really is. this album is definitely something truly very special, but i cant put my finger on what it is that really makes this album just that good, maybe its the play on the theme of dementia which i have never seen or heard before in pieces of media or maybe its the harrowing yet calming classical style ... read more
Ambience at its finest.

So this is The Caretaker's most highly acclaimed work (minus the obvious Everywhere at the end of time). This is a very lonely album, it tackles the same themes that The Caretaker has been for all these years and it feels like an almost prologue towards Everywhere at the end of time, it's an album that is calming but also scary. It feels like you're lost in this mist and you can't escape it, no matter how hard you try, the more you clamber and struggle the further down ... read more
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Track List

  1. All You're Going to Want to Do is Get Back There 
  2. Moments of Sufficient Lucidity 
  3. The Great Hidden Sea of the Unconscious 
  4. Libet's Delay 
  5. I Feel as if I Might Be Vanishing 
  6. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 
  7. Bedded Deep in Long Term Memory 
  8. A Relationship With the Sublime 
  9. Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 
  10. Pared Back to the Minimal 
  11. Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 
  12. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 
  13. Tony Gradiatrions of Loss 
  14. Camaraderie at Arms Length 
  15. The Sublime is Disappointingly Elusive
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Added on: June 24, 2011