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Brian Eno - Neroli - Thinking Music Part IV CD (album) cover


Brian Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.17 | 35 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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3 stars You know what's cool in music nowadays. Irony. Everyone's trying to be so damned ironic, that they are forgetting nobody really cares about irony. Instead, they should care about things, which, rather than making them seem 'cool' and 'in the loop' (which incidentally, is one of the most infuriating and pointless phrases ever created by man) actually add something to their craft. But why am I saying this on an Brian Eno review?

Because Eno's Neroli should, by all accounts be one of those albums created by fake people attempting to be artistic and as mind-numbingly post-modern as they can. Instead, it was created by Brian Eno, who made this hour-long piece of random, exceptionally minimalist ambient music because he could. Not because it was something he thought would make people take him seriously, simply because it needed to be made. I can think of no better reason. Neroli, as ambient music isn't special. It's a random pattern of soft noises, blotted along an hour long continuum at random and indeterminate intervals. Anyone with the gear could do that. Well, not really, it takes restraint, and guts to create something as minimalist as this. It's a giant hand in the face of the establishment, without explicitly intending so. It's a step away from extraneous excesses, and pointless white noise. In short, it is something to think about, but what it makes you think about is up to you. It's a blank canvas of sorts, it neither guides or collapses the void.

Neroli adds something to art. It gives us the ability to see that sometimes, subtraction is far more interesting than addition. Once you've heard a minute of Neroli, you've basically heard the album entire. And that's fine; it's not a piece you play all the time. But in those moments when it takes your fancy, it's a worthy piece of art indeed.

Any Colour You Like | 3/5 |


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