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  • Vinyl (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B005P4N1XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Emerald and Lime
2. Complex Heaven
3. Small Craft On a Milk Sea
4. Flint March
5. Horse
6. 2 Forms of Anger
7. Bone Jump
8. Dust Shuffle
9. Paleosonic
10. Slow Ice, Old Moon
11. Lesser Heaven
12. Calcium Needles
13. Emerald and Stone
14. Written, Forgotten
15. Late Anthropocene

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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By song_x on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
During the first ten years of the new century, Brian Eno has released some albums that come close to his classics of the seventies and eighties, for example DRAWN FROM LIFE, with Peter Schwalm, or the brilliant song cycle ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH. Now, the creator of ambient music has released his first solo album on Warp Records, specialists for experimental, electronic pop. And he is working with some soulmates, Leo Abrahams (guitar, laptop, weird sounds) and Jon Hopkins (piano, electronics, strange sounds).

Good companionship for a purely instrumental record that reaches far out - and starts almost too beautiful, with the ambient sugar of EMERALD AND LIME. But even this soft starter has some grainy elements of total emptiness in it - the picture of a silent sea springs to mind (a picture Eno has often recurred to in his songs). The following three soundscapes belong to the 1000 places you will have to go to before you die. COMPLEX HEAVEN, SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA and the driving, irresistible rhythms of FLINT MARCH contain everything you expect from great Eno pieces, a sense of wonder, and an ambivalent field of emotion. On FLINT MARCH, the elastic drums add to an exercise of nearly uninhibited joie de vivre (but even here, as repeated listening reveals, some dark forces are working in the background).

This 15-track journey then continues with some wild pieces, a quiet foreboding of danger, and rough passages with frenetic guitar playing: sometimes Eno loves to push sounds to the verge of falling apart. The listener is getting lost in a very interesting way - between child-like moods, disturbing fields of sound, apparitions of naked beauty.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. N. Lumb on 21 Nov. 2010
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It's quite a while since I've been excited by the stuff that Eno's been releasing in recent decades. Either he's released more ambience into the world than it either needs,cares for, or can take, or the well modulated and controlled songs of Another Day On Earth. Though these have been nice additions to the lexicon, they elict no cigars. Only in his collaborative work, has there ever been some sense of exploration. But this has always been so, from Roxy through Talking Heads, Bowie and U2 on. Working with other peoples ideas in conjunction with his own loosens the creative reins of control, and something random and magically unexpected happens.

His work with Fripp having reached an impasse, it was only on Drawn from Life with Peter Schwalm, ( 2001 ) that we last saw Eno really breaking out of his neat oblique process. It surprises me that a process allegedly so experimental and changeable, can end up producing a body of recent work so uniformly consistent in character. Perhaps he has indeed become defined, if not confined, within his own category - Enoesque

Small Craft on a Milky Sea,however,does frequently gouge new grooves into Eno's undoubtedly broad range of recordings. Maybe this comes from the 'improvisatory' nature of the source material. On 'Horse','2 Forms of Anger,Flint March' 'Paleosonic' and 'Dust Shuffle'we hear an Eno I thought had almost become extinct, one with sharp, aggressive, harsh even discordant edges. Oh what great joy it is to hear these tracks!

Yes, there are still plenty of the recumbent, languid landscapes, as on 'Emerald and Lime' and the rather beautiful title track 'Small Craft on a Milky Sea, but these are rather contained,refined examples of the form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Buckley on 9 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you've come to this CD looking for relaxing Brian Eno ambient music then you've come to the wrong place. This collaborative recording between Eno, John Hopkins and Leo Abrahams contains some dark, edgy music that demands your attention; comfortable background music it ain't. Perhaps because of that it takes a few listens to get used to but once you've tuned in, it becomes more rewarding with each play.

Don't approach this thinking it's an Eno recording, as the collaborators definitely bring their input to the party. If you've set the volume control for the softer sounds of the first tracks you may have to turn it down a bit by the time you get to track five, Horse, where Leo Abraham's guitar takes a particularly prominent role; you'll keep it turned down for the thrumming percussion and angry feedback of the next track, 2 forms of anger, and some others too. You won't have done that with a Eno ambient recording before.

The recording quality is, as you might expect, top notch. Because of that you'll get the most out of this if you play it on a good hifi, where the use of deep bass notes and tones comes through your feet as well as your ears. This, and the sometimes fractured rhythms and unusual keyboard lines, can make it an edgy listen; you may well feel unsettled rather than chilled after playing this.

And if all of that sounds like it's meant to warn you off; it isn't, it's just to make you aware that if you think this is something to play when you're feeling mellow, or the morning after the night before, think again. Play it and listen to it when you want to be provoked or even (especially tracks 5 - 9) roused, and it will reward your listening hugely. Get to know it and it may reward your listening each time you play it. I like this a lot and, with all the cautions I've mentioned, recommend it to you.
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