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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, deep and definitely not ambient, 9 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Small Craft On A Milk Sea (Audio CD)
If you've come to this CD looking for relaxing Brian Eno ambient music then you've come to the wrong place. This collaborative recording between Eno, John Hopkins and Leo Abrahams contains some dark, edgy music that demands your attention; comfortable background music it ain't. Perhaps because of that it takes a few listens to get used to but once you've tuned in, it becomes more rewarding with each play.

Don't approach this thinking it's an Eno recording, as the collaborators definitely bring their input to the party. If you've set the volume control for the softer sounds of the first tracks you may have to turn it down a bit by the time you get to track five, Horse, where Leo Abraham's guitar takes a particularly prominent role; you'll keep it turned down for the thrumming percussion and angry feedback of the next track, 2 forms of anger, and some others too. You won't have done that with a Eno ambient recording before.

The recording quality is, as you might expect, top notch. Because of that you'll get the most out of this if you play it on a good hifi, where the use of deep bass notes and tones comes through your feet as well as your ears. This, and the sometimes fractured rhythms and unusual keyboard lines, can make it an edgy listen; you may well feel unsettled rather than chilled after playing this.

And if all of that sounds like it's meant to warn you off; it isn't, it's just to make you aware that if you think this is something to play when you're feeling mellow, or the morning after the night before, think again. Play it and listen to it when you want to be provoked or even (especially tracks 5 - 9) roused, and it will reward your listening hugely. Get to know it and it may reward your listening each time you play it. I like this a lot and, with all the cautions I've mentioned, recommend it to you.
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