on 21 June 2012
I first heard this album when my brother put it on as 'background music'. I was impressed enough, listening to it at a fairly sub-conscious level, to ask for a tape of it (it was the early 90s!). I subsequently bought it on CD and without ever really thinking 'this is one of my favourite albums', it has defaulted to that status by virtue of the fact that I still come back to it regularly, some 20yrs after first hearing it. There is something about the production that just oozes quality. There are probably 2 or 3 tracks that -though not bad- I can take or leave, but songs like 'Still Learning How To Crawl', 'Death Of A Train', 'The Unbreakable Chain' and the closing 'Rocky World' are lost masterpieces from someone better known for making other people sound good.
on 1 October 2002
Either Daniel Lanois has fluked the fact that every album he's produced for a major league wash-up has been a collossal return to form, or he's got something special (a little "je ne sais quoi", peut-etre?) in his locker. Robbie Robertson, Peter Gabriel, U2 and Bob Dylan have all released remarkably good records - even for them - out of the blue with Me Lanois at the helm. In each case, production has been a definite strength of the record.
So with a solo album from le directeur himself, you'd think, you'd be able to tell sheep from goat pretty quickly. Sans major-leaguer, Lanois the fluker would be miserably exposed.
Well - and, bear in mind, this is his second outing - he isn't. On the contrary, this is a great record. A low key affair, for sure - it never breaks into much more than a gentle trot, and you could never say that it *rocked*, as such - but it's engaging, beautifully textured, innovative, and in refusing to wheel in major league guest stars, or even sing in English much of the time, Lanois embues it with a definite sense of "fous-moi le camp", which is never a bad thing.
I'm not sure it needed the (undeniably appealing but nonetheless) gratuitous cover, although for those poor Americans, decorum is retained courtesy of a judiciously placed legend declaring that they have purchased the "American Edition". Ha!
Well worth a spin.
on 2 September 2012
It was great to listen to a bit more of Lanois back catalogue, i kind of feel this album is daniel lanois playground searching for what of course has ultimately come from this fantastic artist over the years, i found this hard to listen to as "its hard" to go back from when you know more of his recent work, but theirs some great tracks on here and vocally is sublime, some of the harmony work is just fantastic. if your a fan of Daniel or not, i would definately recommend this album if only to have in your collection.