Brian Eno - Lux (Warp Records) 

You can’t dance to it. In fact, you should sit.

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Following the path of his pioneering ambient recordings from the late '70s and early '80s, the acclaimed producer and self-described "nonmusician" presents a dreamy suite that should further his stature as a master of both space and atmosphere. Its four 20-minute-long pieces stand in sharp contrast to Eno's more bombastic recent work with Coldplay and David Byrne, and offer (given your level of patience) a welcome respite from the noise of the holiday season. This is situational music, and frankly there are few appropriate situations for 20-minute tempoless soundscapes. But if you can manage to find a quiet moment with a really good set of headphones, Lux offers welcome relief.

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