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Brian Eno: Another Day On Earth

Continued Otherworldly Ambient Experimentation

~ Released on Hannibal, 6.14.05 ~

Brian Eno is perhaps best known for his collaboration with David Byrne (and the rest of the Talking Heads) back in the late 70s/early 80s. Right off the bat, Another Day On Earth reminds one of this former collaboration. The first track, "This" sounds suspiciously like a Talking Heads track (even the vocals sound like David Byrne). But, Eno moves on from "This" and includes a myriad of tracks that are distinctively Eno.

From "This", Brian Eno jumps off into decidedly otherworldly fare with "And Then So Clear" and "A Long Way Down". With lyrics such as, "So much again and weightless in the motherworld of space" and "We're a long way out, we're turning in uneven sun, long after life, this world, still blue, still turns" the listener is transported into a languid auditory orbit. One can almost see the comets and nebulae floating by.

Complementing the cosmically inspired lyrics of Another Day on Earth is a musical mÈlange that is equally spacey. Utilizing Triton keyboards, Drone synthesizers, and violins, Brian Eno's latest seems to be more of an exercise in establishing mood more than anything else. While a few tracks are lyrically verbose, most of the tracks are comprised of only a few lines. Another Day on Earth washes over like a soothing, warm tropical rain.

If one criticism can be made of Brian Eno's latest effort it is in the somewhat repetitive sound from track to track. However, Another Day On Earth has a sound that is unquestionably soothing and pleasant. Thus, eleven tracks that sound at least vaguely similar goes down pretty smoothly.

Another Day On Earth marks another step in Brian Eno's ambient odyssey. Eno's sound is bound to unwind the most tightly wound. Akin to an audio quaalude, Another Day on Earth is perhaps best enjoyed with the lights dimmed, a cocktail, and deep thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars