Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK
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Rip It Up JULY 1978 - by Terence Hogan

BRIAN ENO: BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE

C'mon guys and girls, let's measure out our lives in shirts like we did last summer, get back to minus in a tiny canoe and separate the torso from the spine. What is there left to do?

We could turn to the wall or we could turn to Eno, because the dust is settling and the cows are coming home to roost. In Eno we will find true beauty ('scuse me) but you've only got to peer into the back of a radio to get that stuff. The music of a jellyfish chamber ensemble is another kettle entirely and you might just find that on Eno's newest hot platter called Before And After Science.

I want you to buy this record by one of my favourite rock stars because this is the one that folk who don't think they like Eno might just like. My own tastes run to Lou Reed, Abba, and the Fifty Foot Hose so you can see that I wouldn't put you crook.

Before And After Science is Eno's smoothest production job yet, it almost sounds like your conventional rock record, almost. Especially on Side One wherein lurk such heavy musos ('scuse me) as Phil Collins, Dave Mattacks, Phil Manzanera, and the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters who died in 1948. Nice to see you back on deck, Kurt.

Some of these gents make it through that little hole and out onto Side Two, bits of which do sound like elevator music at an oyster colony, but the masses have been prepared for that facet of Eno through exposure to Bowie's music-to-eat-Gothic-cathedrals-by. Nearly every one of those umpteen thousand souls who bought Low and "Heroes" are searching for Eno even if they don't know it.

Then there's Here He Comes, the brilliant piece of pop that kicks off Side Two and could kick Kate Bush and the Bee Gees into next Saturday Night forever. Yes... I'm recommending Eno to you and I've never even met him! Then consider warm jets, tiger mountain and another green world. Your tympanum will tell your cochlea that it's Xmas again.


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