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Wrong Way Up

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B000A3MHWG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lay My Love
  2. One Word
  3. In The Backroom
  4. Empty Frame
  5. Cordoba
  6. Spinning Away
  7. Footsteps
  8. Been There Done That
  9. Crime In The Desert
  10. The River
  11. You Don't Miss Your Water
  12. Palanquin

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This brilliant collaboration from 1990 has now been reissued with two new tracks. The cover art is different and the CD booklet more informative than the original as it contains the lyrics to all the songs.
Wrong Way Up is a stunning album, from the awesome opener Lay My Love (Eno vocal) with its pulsating rhythm and enigmatic, poetic lyric through the soaring One Word (shared vocal and breath-taking harmonies) to the elegant and atmospheric Cordoba, a ballad reminiscent of Cale's Paris 1919 album.
Crime In The Desert has an almost West Coast feel with decorous harmonies and delectable doo-doo-doo's while The River (Eno vocal) sounds like classy country music, almost like Jim Reeves! Every track is great: In The Backroom and Empty Frame confirm the artists' lyrical genius while Been There Done That and the catchy but profound Spinning Away are distinguished by Cale's trademark viola.
Overall, the sound revolves around imaginative synth textures well within the pop spectrum. Appealing melodies, evocative lyrics and passionate vocals ensure an intoxicating sonic blend. Wrong Way Up is more varied than Songs For Drella (Reed and Cale), more accessible than My Life In the Bush Of Ghosts (Eno and David Byrne) and on a par with the excellent Last Day On Earth, Cale's album with Bob Neuwirth.
The two new tracks do not really add that much to the album. Charming enough, You Don't Miss Your Water is a folkie interpretation with a Daniel Lanois influence of an old Blues number whilst the instrumental Palanquin sounds like a Cale demo. It would have made more sense to include the haunting song The Soul Of Carmen Miranda from the Eno-poduced Words For The Dying album from 1989.
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Brian Eno is a poet and a musician and an artist. This CD has rhythm, it has melody, it has catchy light-hearted spring time joy and it has sublime texture and profound moments. It has one of the best lyrics I have ever heard. "I remember you saying, as her deep eyes opened, in the first light seeing her, here is someone new." John Cale lends his own brand of strangeness. Eno is capable of being very accessible, Cale is not so easy, and between them they have created something quite different and yet very accessible. This CD is not heavy, its relatively light music that most people can enjoy. Easy listening, I suppose. And yet for me, it stands out as the best CD I have ever listened to. Definitely the one I would take to the proverbial desert island. At the moment I simply can't rate it highly enough.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wrong Way Up is a stunning album, from the awesome opener Lay My Love (Eno vocal) with its pulsating rhythm and enigmatic, poetic lyric through the soaring One Word (shared vocal and breath-taking harmonies) to the elegant and atmospheric Cordoba, a ballad reminiscent of Cale's Paris 1919 album.
Crime In The Desert has an almost West Coast feel with decorous harmonies and delectable doo-doo-doo's while The River (Eno vocal) sounds like classy country music, almost like Jim Reeves! Every track is great: In The Backroom and Empty Frame confirm the artists' lyrical genius while Been There Done That and the catchy but profound Spinning Away are distinguished by Cale's trademark viola.
Overall, the sound revolves around imaginative synth textures well within the pop spectrum. Appealing melodies, evocative lyrics and passionate vocals ensure an intoxicating sonic blend. Wrong Way Up is more varied than Songs For Drella (Reed and Cale), more accessible than My Life In the Bush Of Ghosts (Eno and David Byrne) and on a par with the excellent Last Day On Earth, Cale's album with Bob Neuwirth.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Even after 10 years I'm still discovering new delights in this masterpiece. It brings on ecstacy every time, from the awesome opener Lay My Love (Eno vocal) with its driving looping beat and enigmatic lyric through the soaring One Word (shared vocal) to the elegant and atmospheric Cordoba. The backing is superb and innovative yet still accessible (think Peter Baumann, Kraftwerk & the more melodic Suicide tracks). Crime In The Desert has an almost West Coast feel with decorous harmonies and delectable doo-doo-doo's while The River sounds like classy country music, almost like Jim Reeves! Every track is great: In The Backroom and Empty Frame confirm the artists' lyrical genius while Been There Done That and the catchy but profound Spinning Away are distinguished by Cale's trademark viola. Wrong Way Up is a truly inspired display of excellence. This is much better than Songs For Drella (Reed and Cale) and on a par with the brilliant Last Day On Earth, Cale's collaboration with Bob Neuwirth.
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