Baked Beans - Baked Beans as reviewed by mjb

October 14, 2017
edited 3 months ago
referencing Baked Beans, CD, Album, Dig, ROD 004

As reviewed by me in May 1994. (What is with the Art of Noise references? This sounds nothing like them!):

Summary: Repetitive development of themes, rich and full, never synthetic. Late night soundtrack for dreamers. Very good stuff.

Its ironic that they would package music no one in their right mind would have any intention of recycling in digipaks that cost about 20% more than the average import CD. In spite of the half-brained marketing, this is like Lights In A Fat City on fast-forward. Slightly more electronic, but with a warm, full sound that for some reason makes me think of The Art of Noise. Each track is repetitive but unique, overflowing with several layers of musical, unstructured trance. No bleeps or traditional techno-style noises here, though; the emphasis is on developing organic themes. Philip Glass may have been an influence, Eno probably taught them a lot, and I think much of this they developed on their own. I like this disc a lot; especially the rhythmic "Bake Daga" and the clockwork-inspired "Has Bean". Recommended.

Baked Beans - Baked Beans as reviewed by Millwood

September 25, 2007
referencing Baked Beans, CD, Album, RP, ROD 004, 4509 95346-2
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review. Whilst this album is never going to split your mind wide open, it is one of a select few ambient releases from the early nineties that I seem to return to frequently.

The opening track, Bake Daga, is one of the most sublime pieces of ambient-electronica I've ever heard; made all the more impressive by it's almost childlike simplicity. To take a bass / percussion loop, add a few drone effects and improvised piano, and manage to keep it interesting for its full duration is a testament to the talent involved in this (and the other) Baked Beans albums.

It's certainly not music for attentive listening, but I've found that it is one of the few releases in its genre that is perfect for any environment or mood.. Not quite melancholy, not quite 'nice', it seems to sit somewhere in between, and it does so brilliantly. This is the perfect album for chilling out after a long day, working, or (and I apologize for the cheesiness of this statement) curling up in bed next to someone that you care about.. And as far as the latter goes, I've found this album to be a beautiful experience every time.

If you are a fan of early-nineties ambient music, or similar artists such as Woob, Global Communication or any of the other Recycle Or Die / Em:t artists, I simply can't reccomend this enough.

Baked Beans - Baked Beans as reviewed by scoundrel

May 5, 2004
referencing Baked Beans, CD, Album, RP, ROD 004, 4509 95346-2

Baked Beans, with their eponymous debut album, remind us of the good old days of ambient, when 10+ minutes of music was the norm. “Bake Daga” takes a simple bassline, a gently drifting melody, and loops it, adding some semi-improvisational piano just to keep things interesting. “Desert Bean” goes into Bedouin tribal territory, where the long notes conjure wind-swept sands, intense heat, and Arabic percussion. Some chanting adds authenticity. “Heintz 1” takes us to outer space, with some metal synth pads and drawn-out tones to accompany us on the journey. Halfway through, a bass and a drum pattern enter -- some slight turbulence in space. And the final track, “Has Bean,” is content just to be there, like sonic wallpaper. While this isn’t the best ambient music ever, it certainly makes for a nice atmosphere.