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Brian Eno


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3.33 | 96 ratings

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3 stars This is an interesting album, with enough music from before Eno went all ambient on us.

M386 is a jam, with Eno, the incredible Percy Jones on bass, the drummer Phil Collins on drums, and Paul Rudolph on guitar. Eno then took the tape and slowed it down. But it's still quite cool. Aragon is the same group, performing a more serene piece. From The Same Hill has a sort of ambient backing with Eno (I presume) plucking guitar strings.

Inland Sea is Eno playing spacy sounds on his synthesizers. Two Rapid Formations is a serene piece with Bill MacCormick, Dave Mattacks and Fred Frith supplying a backing rhythm for Eno's synths.

The album gets very light for a while after this. Robert Fripp's talents are wasted on Slow Water, and the three Sparrowfall tracks are unmemorable, but at least they feature some mellotron.

Side two of the LP begins where the first side left off, with some very light spacy pieces. There Is Nobody picks it up a bit. But the album really gets back on track with A Measured Room, another song featuring Percy Jones. But it's too short. Patrolling Wire Borders suffers from the same problem. It fades out before it can go anywhere.

There is definitely some value to the album. Eno's synth sounds are great, and his production is excellent. But there is a lack of true substance to many of he tracks. But then again, as music meant to create moods in films, it is probably successful.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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