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Brian Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.14 | 19 ratings

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4 stars A futuristic retrospective.

Inevitably Brian Eno and Karl Hyde (half of "Underworld", a progressive dance/trance duo, not included here in PA, because you can dance to it, I suppose), recorded an album together. Inevitably due to the later spontaneous collaborations, both musicians have had in the past 3 years (give n' take). All of these encounters were brief and reduced to the use of Eno's studio in a recording of an Underworld's track and a recorded song between the 3 musicians (Rick Smith the other half of UW). The song in question appears in UW's "Athens" a tribute album to their influences and mentors.

Ok enough with the history lesson. "SOMEDAY WORLD" this 2014 project, has a distintive, up-front and shameless vision of the 70-80's synth-pop territories (from Devo, to Ultravox, to O.M.D. to Gary Numan to Shankar & Caroline, and the whole scope in between).

It blends the playful spirit of Eno's early, elegantly "silly-like" melodies , (without the early, raw experimentation), with Hyde's deeper yet still plenty of fun song writing. The outcome is a very well balanced exchange of styles, influences and personal findings. The virtues of each musician are enhanced by the other's talents, a perfect match!

Unpretentious all in all, it relies mostly on its mutual, exceptional and fresh song writing approach and results, and its perfect-pitch studio-engineering. (Both are extraordinary sound engineers in their respective fields).

So there is a bit of Eno and a bit of Hyde respectfully disposed. A bit of "Here Come the Warm Jets" & "Before and After Science" like songs & the later vocal songs of "Another Day on Earth", with Hyde's solo project "Edgeland" like songs, and a subtle touch of UW's ELECTRONIC-dance/trance legacy.

To close things down, not for all prog audiophiles (as P/E usually is), it is more for those who enjoy one of this sub-genre's masterminds. And a must if you also follow UW.

****4 Progressive/Electronic, PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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