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Anothe Great Work by the Otherworldly Brian Eno.,
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"Another Green World" was Brian Eno's third album as a solo artist. It marks a change in his musical output, one in which he began to move away from the glam rock and art pop sound of Roxy Music, towards inventive experimentation, later known as ambient music. This development is particularly noticeable in the nine instrumental tracks on the album. The production notes in the cd booklet are further evidences of the eccentric attitude of this musical mastermind, with lead guitar referred to as "restrained", "choppy organ," "spasmodic percussion," and, my favorite, "uncertain piano."
To a casual or disinterested listener, Eno's singing voice and music can sound out of tune and weird. But those of us who adore David Bowie's classic "Heroes", released in the same year, can only be pleasantly surprised at the imagination and ingenuity of Eno in his own right.
The record opens with "Sky Saw," a dystopian song with a bassline and guitar riff that reminds me of "Blackout" and "Joe the Lion" (from Bowie's "Heroes"). This is followed by a brief intermission, the minimalist piece "Over Fire Island." The surreal pop song "St. Elmo's Fire" is cute and melodious. "In Dark Trees," another instrumental piece, is a precursor to the dark ambient genre. "The Big Ship" takes us on a droning journey through a rhythmic fantasy landscape. The slightly repetitive yet charming love song "I'll Come Running" is next. The title track, "Another Green World," which ends the first side or first half of the album, is ephemeral and otherworldly.
It is the second half of the album which I find the strongest, beginning with the dreamy and hallucinogenic rhumba "Sombre
Reptiles," which segues into the quirky and brief "Little Fishes." "Golden Hours" is the album's masterpiece, a nonsensical and evocative number featuring a fantastic guitar solo by avnatgarde guitarist Robert Fripp. The aptly titled "Becalmed" sounds like a sunset, and the following "Zawinul/Lava" sounds like a sunrise. "Everything Merges With the Night" is a pretty ode, light and airy, with lingering poetic guitar sounds. The closing number "Spirits Drifting" is moody and ghostly.
Overall, a magical listening experience, with a unique sound that's rare in today's advanced music world.