From the word go, this CD drifts languorously around the room absorbing and incorporating everything else into its environment.
It's much more filmic than some of Eno's other ambient works and the looping, loping drones and pads are offset with subliminal jazz beats (from J. Peter Schwalm) and interventionist vocals.
Laurie Anderson ("Like Pictures Part 2") contributes a disembodied techno-mantra and Lynn Gerlach sounding like a broken-hearted cyborg offers up a mournful, robotnik torch song on "Rising Dust". Neil Catchpole adds a deeper nursery rhyme voice-of-authority on "Intenser" which is one part mercury-river fusion, one part new age noodling and one part sub-Yello narrative which isn't entirely successful.
Meanwhile on the rest of the CD, Eastern strings come and go, musique-concrete found sounds emerge and hide again, and that subsonic bass thing that Eno does draws you in and keeps you attentive.
Eno and Schwalm create a totally immersive environment which moves around and inside your body like some kind of loved-up parasite.
The overall feel is lush, warm and involving. It's the first Eno CD which appears to reference his earlier work rather than build and mutate on what's gone before. For example on "More Dust" there are definitely elements remindful of his collaborative work with Bowie on "Low". Yet a track like "Bloom" is as adventurous and disorienting as anything by Autechre or any of those laptop bit-merchants in the electronica field.
Comparisons that spring to mind are Mark Isham, Talvin Singh, Goldfrapp, Funky Porcini, Future Sound of London and various Modern Composers such as Bjornstad and Darling or even Arvo Part in places.
This is definitely one of those Sunday morning fluffy duvet kind of records. Buy it "and...relax"!