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What has she been doing all this time?
on 26 December 2009
Apparently, this was a hard book to write. It certainly took long enough, and I've been looking forward to it very much. But... but... there's nothing in it that I didn't already know! Well, not much anyway, and I won't spoil the few surprises there are by mentioning them here. What I was hoping for was a profound insight into why I play the record several times a year and it never fails to move me, and why Another Green World is a top 5 album for the few people I know who also love it. Bearing in mind that most of the people who will have snapped this up will probably have read the other books on Eno there are available, why did the author spend so much time on background? We KNOW this stuff, damn it! Why so much about Discreet Music? Flicking through the book in increasing frustration, I searched to the bit where we're told what it sounds like, why it's gorgeous, what it all means! I found something along those lines, but it's so slight. What a shame. It's well written and entertaining enough though, and if it's your first book on Eno then by all means get it. But splash out on a copy of More Dark Than Shark, too, if you can find it. By the way, Geeta - if you're reading this - was the reference to Eno 'covering' Drip Music a joke? And also, if you think Everything Merges With The Night is 'sappy' you really need to listen again.