"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut AUGUST 2014 - by Michael Bonner
ENO/HYDE: HIGH LIFE
Second, superior collaboration between Brian Eno and the Underworld frontman
A companion piece to May's Someday World, High Life has none of its predecessor's busy, over-caffeinated temperament. Indeed, the vibe - as set out by the gently oscillating loops of opener Return - is best described as 'stadium ambient'. Time To Waste It has a lovely funk guitar lick offset by pulsing electronic washes. Elsewhere, the jittery rhythms of DBF recalls I Zimbra from Talking Heads' Fear Of Music, while the guitar delay/echo and widescreen sheen of Lilac suggests Joshua Tree-era U2. Only the vocal piece, Cells & Bells, resembles what you'd imagine a Chris Morris pastiche of Brian Eno would sound like.