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Brian Eno


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3.33 | 96 ratings

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3 stars Ambient with a twist

As you may expect from the title this is one of Eno's early instrumental works, made for a special purpose, in this case, films. Some track have made it into films as intended, but this have also become one of the pioneering album, in what was to become a genre "ambient music".

The album still differs quite a bit from what we normaly find in "ambient", with many different instruments besides the Keys, and a lot of small relatively unrelated pieces. In contrast to most "ambient" albums, where you find 10 min+ pieces, often restricted to a very uniform sound pallet.

Personally I find this to be both good and bad. The negative effect is that im allways sitting with a feeling, that this album does not come together as a unit well. Especialy in the last 15 minutes, starting with Eno/Jones's "Patrolling Wire Borders" some tracks fall out of context. Leaving me with the feeling, they would fit better on another album.

The good thing about it is that on a track level there are some very interesting contributions from the prominent artists that participate on the tracks, Cale, Fripp, Collins,Jones ect., in general working very well together with the minimalistic patterns that Eno lays out. Another positive side may be that if you don't like "ambient" too much, this is more varied that you might expect.

This is another 70's ENO milestone, that I do not want to live without. An album that I have come to love, almost as much as his vocal 70's albums. Essential within its genre, due to its place in history, the music itself interesting, but not the most important Eno album.

tamijo | 3/5 |


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