After finally setting aside enough time to do this release justice by listening as intended (from start to finish without break!), I can honestly say that this is one totally essential piece of music history. If you allow yourself to get absorbed by the mood, you come out 5 and a half hours later feeling a totally different person than when you went in. Initially, silence I & II settle you into the disc gradually. The whispers and occasional speech remind you to stay focused. I really started to feel at home from silence III, (track 10 onwards) where a more structured sound becomes apparent. Perhaps this is due to the fact that this is just Namlook from this point, without Dr. Atmo.
I have tried listening to other Namlook series from beginning to end. I already owned silence IV and had always considered it a piece of music in its own right. When put in the middle of this marathon, it takes on a totally different meaning to me. It works fantastically, with the woodwind sounds and ethereal voices uplifting the listener and refreshing the mind.
From track 21 onward a different theme, very spiritual, comes through again pushing you deeper into a state of bliss. The final journey starts from track 26 (Heaven original version) where, by the end, I truly felt as though I was in heaven myself.
It is very difficult to pick highlights from this disc. Turn off your phone, close the curtains, put a 'do-not-disturb' sign on the door and play this piece of music. Its magic. 11/10 ............. oh and DONT fall asleep, its a long slog!
(review by James Buller)