Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Brian Eno - Another Green World CD (album) cover

ANOTHER GREEN WORLD

Brian Eno

 

Progressive Electronic

3.99 | 331 ratings

From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

etbenass
5 stars We finally have Brian Eno here:let's start from his best album!! What about the man: Eno started as Roxy Music electronic aestetist , and then left the band for proceeding with his own career publishing the album "Here come the warm jets". He is not a musician: just applies his great taste for popular music acquired from different ambiences: visual arts from cultural peinture to commercial kistch, litterature from classics to newspapers commercials. HE IS AN INCREDIBLE OBSERVER OF THE MODERN ERA IN ALL OF ITS ASPECTS. Thus he applies what he knows in basic , minimalistic musical exploration. From the first track, "Sky saw", we know he understood the inner laws of modern popular music: distorsions sharp as knives cut the hair , while Jhon Cale's viola explodes in fluctuating pure energy......and then Eno's voice "all the words float in sequence No one knows what they mean, everyone just ignores them" ... words are a structural part of Eno's songs, for people in modern times don't really care about lyrics, but they way they melt with asthonishing drugged sounds. "Over fire island" introduce the first ambient experiments which I'll describe better on ambient albums reviews later.... how to surprise with the minimal equipment and knowledge required. Track 2, St.Elmo's fire.... What to say, ONE OF THE BEST SONGS WRITTEN IN OCCIDENTAL POPULAR MUSIC. It's perfect. Arrangements are so well crafted, music fluctuate freely, togheter with one of the best, if not the best solo ever made by Robert Fripp, a guitar line that comes back and forth to the listener attention, to bring him from the fantastic voyage described, back to the intimistic , shematic ordinary life moods expressed by regular and simple lines of sythetizers. Every one, every one after this piece will admit Eno is a genious. "In dark trees" and "The big ship" have to be seen as an ambient movement toward the next song. Two pieces really related with the title, two nice gems. "I'll come running" it's a semi-glam spuff over some incredible lyrics, with Fripp preannouncing what will come later together with Bowie in the famous hit "Heroes". The contrast with the feeling of Fripp guitar and the lines singing "i'll come running to tie your shoe" is disarming , you can't believe this is really happening, how ironic!!! This is music for intelligent people, that actually can get it , my friends!! And, the most atmospheric track: "Another green world". This could be the music anthem of the industrialized society, waves of synth guitar rythm the life of milions of litte bugs producing and hoping that things will get better. Is short, just because it could be repeated for ever: for it's a sound that comes from the world you and I live in. "Somber reptiles" is just like the title say: psychedelia, made kitschy on purpose and elevated as a past semi-artitstic mean of expression. Little fishes is interesting: Kid A anyone? Brian Eno was too far ahead for his times........ he had little , sad electronic musical boxes in his head in 1975!!!Prog music was still alive, and his production sounded like the one of 20 years after!! How can I describe Golden Hours: Radiohead came close to the feelings expressed here, just close. It's the rotation of average events in an average life,simplicistic rythm, it's a frustrating track, with Fripp playing a ruthless acustic guitar solo........ this song brings back so many memories, those little moments that mean everything for one person, and make him individual. "Becalmed" is an excellent example of what Before and After Science will be: extremely mature sound , melted with piano "sound", not music. Passing through "Lava", another psychedelic track, we arrive at the last song, "Everything merges with the night", sweet little present, I think the only real love song written by Eno. Folow the childish piano line and the atmosphere it creates: magical........ The album ends with "Spirits drifting", dissonant , pessimistic, just to remaind you that the little , common man life exalted by this work still remains soo little, humble, non sense.....

We could spend hours to study this breathtaking art production. This is probably not the best place to do it, a prog rock site, which unfurtunately includes some dull pretentious bands and endless, pentatonic guitar solos,but I insisted to have it here so even some people stuck in meaningless genres can discover a new kind of music. Eno is the first modern musician that threw hipocracy down the window.

I don't give five stars often, and people should know (should) they mean "a perfect masterpiece". Well, this is. Enjoy it, and talk about it !!!

| 5/5 |

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this BRIAN ENO review

Social review comments () BETA







Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives