Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK
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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno

Blurt NOVEMBER 5, 2010 - by Jason Gross

BRIAN ENO: SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA

If you happen to be a hot-shot producer (U2, Coldplay) who dabbles in art installations, video programs and essays, you have little time for your own musical projects, which is why this muso's last album is from 2005.

Corralling guitarist Leo Abrahams and keyboardist Jon Hopkins, Eno had the three of them improvise and then reassembled the results. His latest starts off as airy, incidental music for an imaginary movie (the title track recalls 1983's Apollo) until the drum and bass madness of Flint March and Horse, climaxing with the one-chord Wire-like madness of 2 Forms Of Anger. But then things are bookended back with dark ambient settings (Slow Ice, Old Moon, Calcium Needles) and lovely spacey ambiance (Late Anthropocene, Lesser Heaven) as a reminder from the master about how it's supposed to be done. Here's hoping he cancels some lectures to make time for his next studio outing soon.


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