A collection of hard-to-find solo outings previously released on small-run labels such as Amplexus and Side Effects, A Troubled Resting Place showcases some of the finest examples of Rich's open-ended, penetrating approach to music. A slightly restive, alien feel permeates the album's tracks, thanks to Rich's use of just intonation in his compositions and the mix of flutes, steel guitar, incidental noise and synths in his arrangements on tracks like "Bioelectric Plasma." Reminiscent of Stalker, the calm austerity of A Troubled Resting Place explores Rich's use of music as a possibility, not as an end in itself.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares