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Brian Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.34 | 99 ratings

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3 stars Music for Films, an album that really should have been what it was meant to be. These eighteen songs here put down by this wonderful artist (always with some external hands) are perfect for soundtracks, and take part of a collection that is truly underrated.

In this album, Eno completely abandons his old quirky sound and reaches for a more experimental, atmospheric one, already developed with his first ambient album, "Discreet Music" . Actually this album supposed to score imaginary films, so Eno wasn't trying to publicize any of his ideas for soundtracks. As usual, the artist invited different artist in all songs, even though this time each song has practically one instrument; the most acclaimed artists are Phil Collins, John Cale, and Robert Fripp (yup, the usual suspects).

Basically, Music For Films is a cluster of brief, at times eerie at times comforting tracks, or better call them pieces, fragments of melodic noises. A perfect post modern portrait of today's world, sad, bleak, but with still with sparkles of humanity and joy. In this way, I think the concept, other than bringing sounds to imaginary films, want to give a soundtrack to our lives, to our everyday duties and rumpuses.

Some songs, I must admit, can bore you a bit, but others are truly brilliant and really effective; The three parts of "Sparrowfall", despite being very similar to each other, are quite the surprise, and the very brief "A Measured Room" is a perfect example of the eerie fragment, as well as "Patrolling Wire Borders". "Alternative 3" is a very cool song that reminds a little the song "Under Stars", from Eno's album "Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks". Not to forget the ethereal and dreamy "Slow Water", a truly mezmerizing song.

In general, though, all the album is excellent, maybe not one of the musician's most acclaimed and best albums, but certainly an really good addiction to any Electronic music fan.

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |


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