"It's as if you took the Six Feet Under soundtrack
and merged it with your previous works. I've always loved
the airy sound of the music of SFU, and this is just like
it!" - Jakob Persson, Sweden
"It´s like a dream flying through the air, wanting
to be touched with your hands and beeing saved in your heart.
You feel some kind of sadness and lost but on the other
hand, you long for the rays of the sun to let you lift up
Man, this sound is love with her music face."
- Jean, Germany
"I've always found that the best music is the music
that is inspired by the very simple things that you see
everyday. Regardless of the artist or composer, anything
from a simple walk in the park or a drive down a lonely
road can be the inspiration for a piece of music that touches
the hearts of everyone who listens to it. Quiet Places in
every way shape and form embodies that sentiment perfectly.
It is, in my opinion, born of the same peaceful nature
and reflective quality that first drew me to Bjorn's work,
in his Witchwood albums, but there is far more to this album
than simply nature. Listening to this album does significantly
more than simply inspire in me images of water and fields,
clouds and forests. It brings me to a place deep within
myself, where I can look both outward at the world around
me and into the very depths of my own soul.
It creates exactly what the album declares. A quiet place
for me to simply BE.
It doesn't demand my full attention, while listening to
every track, I can allow my mind to wander, going to places
that the usual busyness of my life won't usual let me.
For me, this album is best listened to in the car, on long
drives by myself, when there is nothing but my mind and
the distant horizon ahead of me. But I think that anywhere
you can listen, and simply be quiet for a while is the place
where you will get the most out of this album. Take a few
minutes out of your day and just listen.
I truly don't believe that I've ever heard anything like
it. And I highly doubt you will have either."
- Brian Smit, USA
"Here's my one-sentence summary of this album: ambiance
at its best.
Melancholic, relaxing, dreamy with just a few dissonant
undertones to make it interesting.
Those looking for background music for yoga, tai-chi or
any other similar activity will find this album perfect.
Those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of
a busy urban life will find this album perfect. Those just
looking for peace and quiet will find this album perfect.
I certainly do.
The melodic Kaleidoscope and the piano-heavy Solnatt are
my two favorite tracks. I really like how variations on
the Deep Secrets theme intertwine all the other tracks giving
this album a framework upon which it is built.
Pardon my pun, but it's like a "deeply secret"
river running underneath a pink and blue fairyland.
This is about as good as music gets both from an artistic
and a technical point of view.
So, let Bjørn be your guide and his music your vessel
touching your heart and mind while dreaming pleasent dreams..."
- Imre Olajos Jr, USA
"I wish I could be more articulate in my praise for
this album, but simply put, as someone who has bought pretty
much every one of Bjorn's CDs, I consider this his finest
album to date.
It successfully fuses a lot of the atmospheric nature of
the tracks on 'The Void' (my previous favorite album, btw)
with the textures and flow that were at times actually reminiscent
of his Divinorum work.
This is one album I simply have yet to get enough of --
during the day, at night, while working, heck, even while
playing World of Warcraft -- it has provided me a great
deal of audible enjoyment and thus I can't really recommend
it highly enough to anyone and everyone."
- Kurt Roithinger, USA
"It actually seems
to be the first time Bjørn dedicates a whole album
to ambient music. I didn't know what to expect, as a long
term fan. I recalled some very moving ambient interludes
(in Witchwood for instance), but also some recent pieces
of work that tended to be a little flat - like Soothe -
to my taste, of course.
Well, I've been listening to it non stop since I received
it. Bjørn definitely achieved something very convincing.
Quiet Places is really varied
- no time to get bored - and sets a positive mood that recharges
one's batteries. As Bjørn himself describes it (cannot
find better words), it's melancholic and comforting at the
same time. It induces no strain at all, no depression. Just
makes you feel good, in a serene, positive way.
Probably not as ground breaking as The Void, or not as
old-school / demoscene-tainted as Hobbits, it definitely
is a very mature album that is unique in Bjørn discography
and that can be listened to much more frequently than any
other of his albums." -
Mahendra Tallur, France
"Quiet Places makes for really nice listening while
resting relaxed on the couch, dreaming of your beautiful
home country! It's especially nice during studying for an
exam, which I'm currently doing. And knowing that you composed
this "when you really felt like it" - as opposed
to a job with a timeframe - during the last two
years makes it really special I'd say. I can only say: go
on like this! :)" - Frank
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