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ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH

Brian Eno

 

Progressive Electronic

3.72 | 53 ratings

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Slartibartfast
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4 stars "And then so clear to wonder, to wake with open eyes".

After 1977's Before and After Science, Brian Eno quit doing vocal solo albums on a regular basis. Another Day On Earth hearkens back to that period (Another Green World also comes to mind), but this isn't really a rehash of that period. The music offered here certainly has elements of Eno's subsequent musical explorations and development that have occurred since then. If I had one complaint about this album, it would be that it despite all of Eno's experience since then, this album doesn't have the diversity of music that those earlier two do.

The opening track this reminds me a lot of the material on the album he did with John Cale, Wrong Way Up. The next track, And Then So Clear, I found very touching lyrically and musically. With it's vocoder style vocals (maybe it was done with an actual Vocoder) it sounds like a song sung by a computer or an android, that has suddenly become sentient and discovering emotion. Long Way Down gives you a feeling of drifting away in space. Going Unconscious is another spacey track with sparse lyrics sung beautifully by Inge Zalaliene. Caught Between is a another mellow song about nothing at all. Passing Over continues in the same vein. How Many Worlds is one of favorites a reflection on life. Bottom Liners lives that flounder. Just Another Day is another really good one about, you guessed it. Under's another one reminiscent of Wrong Way Up "Just when I think I'm going under, I...remain." Bone Bomb has another guest female vocalist, Aylie Cooke, doing spoken words almost disjointed yet still poetic. The song and the album end abrubtly.

All in all an enjoyable and non-difficult album to listen to which should have wide appeal unless you just don't like it mellow. Even though there's nothing groundbreaking here I'll easily rank this as one of Eno's best.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |

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