- Audio CD (3 May 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Eg
- ASIN: B00002476X
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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|1. Wind On Water (Live)|
|2. Evening Star|
|4. Wind On Wind - Robert Fripp|
|5. An Index Of Metals|
'Evening Star' begins however where 'No Pussyfooting' left off with the heavy layered harmonics of 'Wind on Water' fading in and up to greater and greater intensity. We then reach Fripp & Eno's most radical departure, the title track itself. 'Evening Star' contrasts with the rest of the album as it contains some semblance of a melody (no matter how sparse and repetitive). The contrast between the melodic backing and Fripp's stark improvisations work to great effect. Fripp almost sounds like he's playing a small string quartet all by himself. 'Evensong' comes and goes with nothing to recommend it while ironically the next track, Eno's 'Wind on Wind' seems to create more than the previous one with even less instrumentation.
What's so pleasing about the final 20 minute 'Index of Metals' is that it disrupts the notion that this album is wallpaper music. I don't see how anyone could find peace and sustainence in something as menacing sounding as this. The whole track jars intensely like the soundtrack for some sinister dystopia run by machines.
Both Fripp and Eno reached the limits of their experimental collaboration with 'Evening Star', which is a shame as this album was an improvement on the previous one and it would have been interesting to see where they could have taken it from here.