A lot of so-called 'ambient' music leaves the listener cold but Allison's lush melodies and chordal sensibilities have a powerful emotional impact that stays with you long after the CD fades away. Albums such as Providence and The Zen Master's Diary have garnered praise from many respected critics of the genre, including Bill Binkleman, whom Allison's brand of ambient -- "pastoral ambient" -- inspired him to write, "The music on The Zen Master's Diary is so suffused with calm and patience that it's like bathing in warm water under a starry sky. I have a difficult time describing the emotional reaction I have to Allison's music with any lucidity because, to me, this is intensely personal music, meant to be shared only with those whom one loves." About his 2004 release Autumn's Apple, musician Ben Fleury-Steiner puts it best: "I can honestly say, no ambient artist out there today has better understood and internalized the most influential ambient record of all time (IMHO), Brian Eno's 1978 release Ambient I:Music for Airports than Michael Allison. This kind of discreet precise approach to note selection and soundscaping cannot be taught. And Allison demonstrates this once again with his simply virtuosic playing and composing on this release; not a single note on it is wasted or excessive". In 2005 Lotuspike released a retrospective of his titled re: Karma which contain, along with two new gems, several diverse tracks culled from his vast catalog of pop, ambient & electronic experiments. www.darshanambient.org Read more on Last.fm.
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