Soil Festivities is such a wonderful piece when it's raining outside. It just enhances the mood all the more.
Invisible Connections, it's just Beaubourg 2.0. There's probably a solid idea somewhere in there, but for a casual listen? Yeah, no...
I love Direct, it's such a fascinating album that goes all over the place. It's clearly not the typical approach he had to making music, but the results are great never the less.
The City is a wonderful piece of musical landscaping, although Nerve Centre is kind of... Weird combined with the rest?
I honestly understand why he started doing completely different things after Direct (I'd say The City fits in the sound scaping of Voices, Oceanic and El Greco), but man I wish he'd return to it or release some of the unreleased stuff from this period. Its really good stuff and I really enjoy nearly every second of it. He has admitted that there are albums that he has made and was planning on releasing, but those albums just never ended up happening for one reason or another. Opening up the vaults for this would be terrific. He has shown he's not that difficult with including (rare) tracks to new releases, so a release entirely made up of unreleased stuff could be interesting if he could find the motivation to do it. Different period, but I remember reading that Earth in specific was cut way down back in the day, I would do some genuinely terrible things to hear those tracks included.
And unrelated to those albums, where the hell is Juno to Jupiter!?
27-11-10: Ahoy Rotterdam
22-11-16: Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam