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Boston Globe NOVEMBER 1, 2010 - by Michael Brodeur
BRIAN ENO: SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Those who lean more toward Brian Eno's ambient works than his more vocal excursions (see: 2005's Another Day On Earth) will be delighted to spend some time with this often thrilling fifteen-track stack of new instrumental pieces. But if you're holding out for compositions that recall his seminal output through the '70s, you may be getting more than you bargained for. Music For Airports this is not. Small Craft On A Milk Sea - a collaboration between Eno, electronic musician Jon Hopkins, and guitarist Leo Abraham - sets sail from Eno's familiar lexicon of extended tones and gracefully shifting sonic hues, careening into unexpectedly bumping territory. 2 Forms Of Anger percolates into a near-Kraut drone, made fiery by scratching guitars and feral synths. Flint March fixes chattering electronic percussion over a grinding floor of crusty static and seething guitars that sound ready to strike like peeved snakes. It's at once more lithe and more aggressive an album than we've heard from Eno in years; and while sometimes the pieces feel too short (or, in some cases, just plain incomplete), Small Craft On A Milk Sea offers a promising sampler of sonic possibilities from an artist as immune to fashion as his music is to time.