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Fripp & Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.58 | 126 ratings

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4 stars The birth of Ambient music (at least in the established rock environment), as such "No Pussyfooting" will be an interesting album, no matter how much you like it, compared to later ambient albums, by Eno, Fripp or others, due to its inovative place in music history. The album is recorded with a 2xtape recorder loop system developed by Eno, later given the name Frippotronics when used for guitar. Is contains 2 tracks, reflecting the vinyl side A and B, the A side "The Heavenly Music Corporation" recorded in September 1972, the B side "Swastika Girls" about a year later.On both tracks the "base" is a loob system layer upon layer, texture. And on top a solo guitar. Notably the first track seems less filled than the 2nd. making it the better of the two. Less is more ! So how does it sound ?, the textures slowly developing bring a meditative mood to the tracks, relaxing, soft, and minimalistic. Fripp's guitar soloing, mostly smooth, soft and light, but at times a bit more complex and faster. Especialy at the last half of "Heavenly Music".

If you are into experimental music, with interesting tone color. But without any clear sence of rythm. This is certanly what you should go out and get right away, in that cases "No Pussyfooting" is essential, and the album, to set a standart. If you are starting Your Fripp and/or Eno collection. This early work, shows protential of what to come, and how they both would develop their music later, this album is a must have, and will repeatedly be revisited, essential especialy to the "Fripp Freaks". But if Your interest in Prog. Rock, comes from Heavy Prog. and/or Symphonic Prog, with the focus on band effort, with odd tempo changes and brilliant drums/percussions, You better stay away.

"No Pussyfooting" is not flawless, its a first attempt, and as such very sucessfull, but it could be better, sometimes i get too much sound at once, decreasing the warmth I otherwise get from listning to the album. Too much stereo effects here and there do stress me a bit too.

Its essential in this sub-genre, but no masterpiece: 4-stars.

tamijo | 4/5 |


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