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Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960 is my favourite painting a picture of romantic, nostalgic euphoric recall from an event real or imaginary.
This disc is as engaging or as 'background' as you want it to be and to achieve that took real genius from Eno. Buy it.
Its something that has stuck with me as it ideally sums up the nature of being creative - being one of the 'crazy' ones who is not afraid to think out-the-box. Upon listening to Eno's work though, this won't always be apparent as a good majority of his catalogue makes for an easy, understandable pleasure of listening. And then we do indeed arrive at the crazy ones, just like 'On Land', Volume 4 of his Ambient series. From that first listen, the term 'Ambient' will immediately broaden your perception of how music can alter your perception of time and space. Some will often associate 'ambient' with New Age, but the wonderful thing about 'On Land' (and many other Eno albums) is that they preceded this era. They were, in all respects, the original works that broke new ground.
'On Land' is different to other favourites such as 'Apollo' and 'Music For Airports' in that it doesn't shape are narrative or story. For this reason, the listener is encouraged to deconstruct the quite amazing sounds present and reform them at their own will. At this point, the cover art to the album begins to make some sense. The lonely, sparsely-celled creatures are a part of a time and space that may or may not exist. Does Eno refer in his music to the evolution of Earth's creatures? Conversely, is he looking ahead into the future?Read more ›
Ambient 4 is what is commonly referred to as "Dark Ambient". That is, the atmosphere and music is not "easy listening". There are tracks here which will unsettle you and make you feel uncomfortable. This album is not designed for you to chill out.
This may all sound very negative, but I'm only giving newcomers to Eno this warning as I imagine a lot of people expect Eno to be nothing more than "Music For Airports" style ethereal ambience.
Ambient 4 is my favourite of the series, and perhaps my favourite Eno album of all. I highly recommend it.
Just be ready to go to the dark side...
'On Land' returns to the ambient climes established by Music for Airports/Music for Films/Plateaux of Mirrors - though the roots a suggested by Eno's revised sleevenotes from 1986 were always in 1975's classic 'Another Green World' : "On that record I became aware of setting each piece within its own particular landscape and allowing the mood of that landscape to determine the kinds of activity that could occur..." The chief-influences, apart from the all-encompassing sound-drift of songs like 'In Dark Trees' & 'St Elmo's Fire', were Fellini's 'Amarcord' (which has been recently reissued on DVD & is translated as 'I Remember'- memory is significant here, look at the definite title of the final track!) and the Duke Ellington-elegy 'He Loved Him Madly' from Miles Davis' 'Get Up With It.'
These instrumentals just flow, and more gorgeously with the remastering process which the back catalogue most definitely benefits from (now sounds as good as the original vinyl listened to on drugs, reclined on a psychiatrist's couch: don't ask!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good ambient sounds with a thread of darkness that tickles the hair on the back of my neck, which is helpful to keep me on edge and unsettled when I work - helps unlock something... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant album.
Brian Eno at his best.
shut out the world, dim the lights, maybe light some incence sticks. Read more
I am slowly collecting Eno's Ambient records. This is the one I enjoy most so far. I have eight Eno records so far, and four more with Fripp. Read morePublished 10 months ago by baz123
What can I say about this gem ??? It inspired me to draw this !!! I strongly recommend this CD to everyone !!!Published 15 months ago by Cristian
Highly evocative and dark music. Eno found his stride with this work.Published 18 months ago by Daniel Atkins
Like all of Brian Eno's ambient albums, this is pure quality from start to finish, highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by Paul Galbally
I bought it for a friend and she was delighted. Good sound quality, well packaged. Would order similar again without doubt.Published on 30 Nov. 2013 by Maz