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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Eno, 21 April 2006
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Peter Young (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: After the Heat (Audio CD)
This is one of the most under-rated albums available - it really is a classic!

If you already like Eno and are familiar with his albums, then this is similar in feel to his "Before and After Science/ Another Green World" albums in tone and makes a perfect accompaniment to them. There are three vocal tracks, with the rest being a collection of instrumentals that veer more toward his "tunes" than purely ambient pieces.

After The Heat features a collaboration with erstwhile Cluster colleagues, Moebius and Rodlius and they create a wonderful sound, with inspired playing and sublime arrangements to create a very complete album indeed.

Listen to the samples provided, buy and I promise you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought 30 years ago and still a good listen, 6 Oct 2009
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P. Corner (Essex) - See all my reviews
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I bought this album when I was at university exactly thirty years ago. Thought it was a great album at the time, lots of different moods and always exciting. Still listen to it now with as much enjoyment and enthusiasm as I had then. It sounded like it was coming from a different world then and still does now. Nobody else has ever made music quite like this!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both sides of Eno, 13 Nov 2009
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This is a wonderful, wonderful album. It comes from the same session as the great "Cluster & Eno', but is made up of tracks that didn't quite fit. So we have the proto-ambient Cluster influenced stuff that Eno would later develop into " Music for Airports" etc and the song-based structures reminiscent of his early solo work like "Here Come The Warm Jets" and "Taking Tiger Mountain....". What a shame he left his 'songwriting' behind circa "Nerve Net" and never really recovered his form by the time of "Another Day on Earth" (and don't get me started on the travesty of the new album with David Byrne, which is pants!) Anyway, for my money "Broken Head" and The Belldog" are as lovely as any songs Eno ever did, as are the instrumental tracks. Cluster were/are completely their own phenomenon, but on this collaboration, all involved transcended the sum of their parts. A lovely piece of work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review., 29 Oct 2004
This review is from: After the Heat (Audio CD)
Personally, I think this is one of Mr Eno's best collaborations. "Cluster&Eno" had it's moments, but I found it a bit patchy. This however, is class from begining to end.
If you like "Before & After Science" then check this out as, to me, it sounds like a more synthed-up version; though is a stand alone lp in it's own right (the comparison to "B&AS" is merely as a guide).
I strongly recommend tracking down the 20bit remastered Japanese import version. You should be able to order it through Amazon.de. It may take a while to arrive, but is well worth the wait!
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Pseudo-intellectual, pullover and polytechnic radical fringers.', 20 Jun 2007
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I've been a fan of Brian Eno for some time now. I like him because he gets put in the same egg-head, pseudo-intellectual category as Howard Devoto, when in fact the music he makes is simplicity itself.

He's tricky for sure and that's part of his problem. I wanted to read the sleeve of this album before I reviewed it and after a good few minutes searching, I found it under a piece of paper which looked far too small to have a cd hidden under it.
A good example of the trickiness of Brian Eno.....

'After the Heat' sees him in fine collaboration with two other similarly inclined old coves; Moebius and Roedelius who I've never heard of. (Checks sleeve, no info, GREAT!) They must be like-minded, only they look a bit foreign to me. A bit, God help us, European. The evil influences of these agents of change, fresh from the artistic killing fields of Belgium and Luxembourg are clear to hear on dear old Brian.
Far from experimenting with 15 minute 'soundscapes' (splutter!), he woke up next morning and found he'd (almost) made a pop lp.

Ok, it's not one that would worry George Michael( though it should!), and hardly have the Garry Bushells of this world running for cover but it's rather nifty nevertheless. It carves out it's own little niche, its as if it knows where it belongs, where it sits in the scheme of things. Low key but this has real power, proper depth - something that would please and tease a Radio 1 listener. A couple on here would make solid singles, genuine catchy. Two spins and your wretched correspondent was well and truly hooked.

Boffin Eno does have a bit of an indulgence here and there (and you just KNOW it's him and not the other two). He sings one 'song' backwards, on another, he blows raspberries and uses this rather vulgar noise as an instrument (and all this years before those talent less no-hopers started beat-boxing), just so's we'll know he still means business (God help those airports) and is still anti-compromise, still DEADLY serious.
I can't buy into that. A dyed-in-the-wool misery wouldn't be able to make music as warm, open and down-right accessible as this. Eno's music is our direct route through his looking glass. One side, murky and misty, but on the true side, colour and light and beauty.

The producer's called Plank! And no, I'm not making it up. He's one of Eno's mates for sure but where do they find these people? The Plank novelty factor alone means you should buy this cd. Imagine after hearing that, you didn't!

Eno, Moebius and Roedelius (ok, lets give the other two some credit but who are they!?) have got so many great pop ideas their collective brain must hurt. Don't be fooled by the pigeon-holing, there really is something here for most people. Just open your minds and they'll be in....forever.

I didn't come on here to defend Brian Eno from his detractors (and they ARE legion), but I seem to have done just that. It's ok. He is after all, at least to my mind, a robust musical madman; albeit a quiet, mild mannered, wine sipping one.
My absolutely favourite kind.
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