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Mojo MAY 2008 - by James McNair
DANIEL LANOIS: HERE IS WHAT IS
Garth Hudson, Brian Eno and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade guest.
To wring the maximum resonance/enjoyment from Lanois' fifth solo album, you need to digest it alongside his fabulous documentary of the same name that's released simultaneously. Parts of the film, a quest for the source of creativity, sit in on sessions for the album, mapping the birth of the sublime improvised piano solo that The Band's Garth Hudson plays on Lovechild, and the devotional affinity Lanois has with his pedal-steel guitar or "church in a suitcase". Naturally, the album has a rich panoply of ambient textures, its writer and producer revisiting sonics he conjured for Bob Dylan's Oh Mercy on this record's Not Fighting Anymore, and spooking us with the spare, self explanatory instrumental Bells Of Oaxaca. It's top quality stuff, and an appetizer for those that can't wait to hear Lanois' knob twiddling on the upcoming U2 album.