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3 stars Thursday Afternoon was originally commissioned by Sony to accompany a series of 7 video paintings Eno made for them in 1984. It's another of Eno's ambient works, featuring ghostly treated piano playing simple, repetitive motifs against a backdrop of gentle washes of electronic sound. The various componenents gradually shift into new permutations as the piece unfolds, but everything happens very slowly and extremely quietly - the final few minutes omit the piano altogether, leaving only the semi audible background noise to gently crystallise into new forms. It's a highly successful ambient work, but definitely non- essential as an addition to a prog collection. Ideal for listening to as you fall asleep.
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Posted Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Watching rain run down a window

Sitting in a chair near a window, quietly staring through the window during a heavy rain. Letting your focus blur to just the streaked grey in the sky. Listen to the sound on the roof as the beads well and roll down the glass. That is the image my mind conjures as I listen to Thursday Afternoon and I can't help but wonder if Eno appreciates when his fans mention a meditative effect, or if he bristles at that. Surely many will say these ambient albums are meant for active listening and I can appreciate them in that way, but my mind fades to peaceful blankness with this music if I allow it and the temptation is often to give in. Eno describes his style of composition here as "holographic" meaning that any small section of the piece is representative of the work as a whole. The album is 61 minutes of his quiet and contemplative playing pushing the envelope of what the sound painting can accomplish. Eno is a great artist but this album leaves me cold for the most part at least in comparison to his Apollo album or the Discreet album. For fans of Eno the album is one they will own eventually but I'd recommend that noobs start their exploration with earlier albums. Not bad but far from his creative peak.

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Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars Thursday Afternoon is a piece which fits right in with Brian Eno's declared aim for his ambient work, which is to create music which can exist as a pleasant backdrop or which can be listened to attentively just as viably. The approach taken is reasonably close to that of Music For Airports or Eno's collaboration with Howard Budd, focused as it is around synths and piano; the main departure this time around is Eno taking advantage of the extended running time of CDs for the first time in order to produce a single continuous 60 minute piece. Not groundbreaking, maybe, but notable as an ambient piece optimised for the constraints of CDs as Eno's previous albums were adapted to the constraints of vinyl.
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Posted Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Review Permalink

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