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3.33 | 39 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. May 1, 1990 (4:02)
2. I See You (2:42)
3. Survival In The Wild (4:09)
4. Fly (4:45)
5. Never Enough (3:43)
6. Peace On Earth (2:55)
7. Burned By The Fire We Make (3:10)
8. Dreamlife (2:29)
9. Here (4:28)
10. Brave New World (3:44)
11. Futurevision (4:15)
12. Postcard From Holland (2:49)
13. untitled - hidden track (1:46)

Total time 44:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Adrian Belew / vocals and instruments, producer

Releases information

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CD Caroline Records ‎- CAROL 1748-2 (1994, US)
CD Caroline Records ‎- CARCD 26 (1994, Europe)

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ADRIAN BELEW Here ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (49%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

ADRIAN BELEW Here reviews

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Review by Cygnus X-2
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars At this point in his career, Adrian Belew was working pretty much exclusively on his solo career, with King Crimson being defunct for nearly 10 years and having no major collaborations in the distant future or past (besides essentially running one of David Bowie's early 90s tours). Here continues the trend that began with Young Lions and continued with Inner Revolution. It has Belew experimenting a bit more with different than on the previous few albums, but it still has that strong sense in melody and songwriting rather than raw instrumentation.

Belew's influence from the Beatles is rather evident on this album, with songs that experiment in the vein of Love You To from Revolver in terms of the almost Indian sounds. The song that I speak of in particular is Fly, with its ethereal soundscapes and the twangy acoustic guitar coupled with Belew's multi-harmonied Beatles-esque vocal approach.

Still, Belew's quirky style is at the foray, with his sharp and lightly distorted guitar sound magnificent when juxtaposed against his squealing leads that add a bit of that classic King Crimson flare that made up most of Belew's playing on that trilogy of albums. His solos on Never Enough and I See You are superlative to his easily identifiable style.

One of my favorite pieces on this album is the strictly acoustic piece Dreamlife, which reminds me of a Pete Townshend number in terms of the fingerpicked guitar styles and the emotive vocals. The lyrical material even has a bit of a Pete Townshend feel to it (although not directly, I get a hint of it along with John Lennon and Paul McCartney).

In all, I'm finding that I like Here the most of his early 90s albums. His next album, The Guitar as Orchestra: Experimental Guitar Series, Vol.1, would explore more Avant-Garde stylings and be a totally different experience than this album, which would be consequently the final by-the-numbers pop album by Belew. Not very progressive, but the strong songwriting and quirky instrumentation alone merit it a 3 star review. Hope you enjoy.

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars So what can we expect from an Adrian Belew solo album after his highly prolific career with King Crimson, The Bears, Frank Zappa David Bowie and Talking Heads to name a few? What's that? album of pop tunes with some Crimsonesque sounds here and there?

This is a nice little album which indeed sounds nothing like any of the Belew-collaborations which is probably because here he decided to do it all himself. By that I mean literally everything! The compositions are your straight forward rock songs but they have just the right hooks to keep me going from start to finish. The album even manages to deliver a few nice surprises like the atmospheric Fly or the Paul McCartney-sounding vocals on I See You which makes me smile every time I hear it!

The songs might have a straight forward structure but there is a definite Adrian Belew twist to it all that makes me want to revisit this album from time to time. My favorite track is Burned By The Fire We Make which is a cliché environmental song about people harming the planet but it just hits the right nerve with me and the chorus is just great.

After all the great things I had to say about this album I'll still have to settle for a non-essential rating since there is definitely no prog here.

***** star songs: May 1, 1990 (4:02) Burned By The Fire We Make (3:10)

**** star songs: I See You (2:42) Survival In The Wild (4:09) Fly (4:45) Never Enough (3:43) Peace On Earth (2:55) Dreamlife (2:29) Brave New World (3:44) Futurevision (4:15)

*** star songs: Here (4:28) Postcard From Holland (2:49) Hidden Track (1:46)

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Adrian Belew's album "Here" was released in 1994. In Belew's musical history, it falls into place while King Crimson was still on hiatus, before they reformed and released "Thrak", and after his stint with the art-pop band "The Bears", the members of which would continue that band and open for and be the back up band for Belew's solo tours. Thus, taking a lot of these influences, he released this mostly pop-style album which still contains some entertaining tunes that also reflect some of his experimental and King Crimson styles, but focuses more on song writing than on progressive style.

This album sees Belew focusing on his love of The Beatles and 60's style pop music, while giving it an updated feeling using his electronics and guitar effects to give them an experimental, up-dated feel. Belew performs everything on this album. This is immediately evident as the first track "May 1, 1990" starts up with atmospheric sounds which soon morph into a conventional beat and an infectious piano riff, settling into Belew's unique voice and an accessible song that still manages to avoid falling into any major pop music cliché types. Unpredictable enough to not be standard fare, yet accessible enough for anyone to instantly like, this album continues to focus on these melody heavy, song oriented tracks.

His love for The Beatles shows through on tracks like "I See You" and psych-60's mid-eastern influences as in "Survival in the Wild" all the while keeping things accessible. But his experimental years don't go wasted on this album either as you often hear Belew's signature guitar styles come through on instrumental breaks and in forming individual song structures, one of the most obvious is the use of his guitar looping in the introduction of the mystical "Fly" or even some crazy guitar work in "Never Enough". Yet he still finds time to add in a few tracks like "Peace on Earth" that would have fit easily among the mellower section of King Crimson's "Thrak".

While it's true that Belew has often interspersed pop-style albums in between all of his experimental albums, this is one album that tends to be likable throughout, and is even one of his more cohesive pop endeavors. He keeps it all fresh by adding in nice little surprises and cool little unique sounds. In the end, you get a bunch of art-pop style songs that are effective in stretching the boundaries of popular songwriting. You also get a nice, cohesive album that ends up being much better than "just a bunch of random, unrelated songs. There might not be a lot of prog here, but there is a nice bit of pop experimentation that keeps this album fresh. This is definitely one of Belew's best pop-oriented albums.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This set demonstrates why Adrian Belew could be the heir to the musical tradition that was the Beatles. There isn't much this guy from Kentucky cannot do. He breathes rock and roll and psychedelia. On "Here," Belew spend less time trying to imitate animals and sound like Jimi Hendrix. It p ... (read more)

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