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Brian Eno


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3.80 | 213 ratings

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4 stars Hmm, seems Eno's been hanging out with the Talking Heads.

Before and After Science jumps right into the funk-punk fray with No One Receiving. The song finds Eno moving further away from the pop-rock that occasionally appeared on his earlier albums and replacing it with more New Wave influenced rhythms. The other immediately noticable difference is how much more sophisticated the production has become. No mellow, minimalist production on No One Receiving.

Backwater and Kings Lead Hat similarly depart from Eno's previous approach. These are all good songs, though I miss the quirkiness of something like Baby's On Fire. Here He Comes has more of an earlier vibe to it; this song, with its chiming guitars, would not have been out of place on Here Come the Warm Jets.

What was Side Two of the LP is more of the ambient or reflective side of Eno.

Julie with... has that Another Green Day atmospheric aura about it: Rhodes piano, synth washes, fretless bass sound. Through Hollow Lands is another meditative piece, whereas Spider and I recalls Taking Tiger Mountain in its majestic chord progressions. Many of the usual suspects are around to play on some of the songs: Phil Collins, Fripp, Manzanera and others less well known in these parts.

Is this amongst the greatest albums ever made? No way. Am I a hapless sucker for this stuff. Yep.

jammun | 4/5 |


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