Brian Eno - Another Green World

A universally acknowledged masterpiece, Another Green World represents a departure from song structure and toward a more ethereal, minimalistic approach to sound. Despite the stripped-down arrangements, the album's sumptuous tone quality reflects Eno's growing virtuosity at handling the recording studio as an instrument in itself (à la Brian Wilson). There are a few pop songs scattered here and there ("St. Elmo's Fire," "I'll Come Running," "Golden Hours"), but most of the album consists of deliberately paced instrumentals that, while often closer to ambient music than pop, are both melodic and rhythmic; many, like "Sky Saw," "In Dark Trees," and "Little Fishes," are highly imagistic, like paintings done in sound that actually resemble their titles. Lyrics are infrequent, but when they do pop up, they follow the free-associative style of albums past; this time, though, the humor seems less bizarre than gently whimsical and addled, fitting perfectly into the dreamlike mood of the rest of the album. Most of Another Green World is like experiencing a soothing, dream-filled slumber while awake, and even if some of the pieces have dark or threatening qualities, the moments of unease are temporary, like a passing nightmare whose feeling lingers briefly upon waking but whose content is forgotten. Unlike some of his later, full-fledged ambient work, Eno's gift for melodicism and tight focus here keep the entirety of the album in the forefront of the listener's consciousness, making it the perfect introduction to his achievements even for those who find ambient music difficult to enjoy. Rating=5 stars! AllMusic Review by Steve Huey


A1 Sky Saw  
A2 Over Fire Island  
A3 St. Elmo's Fire  
A4 In Dark Trees  
A5 The Big Ship  
A6 I'll Come Running  
A7 Another Green World  
B1 Sombre Reptiles  
B2 Little Fishes  
B3 Golden Hours  
B4 Becalmed  
B5 Zawinul/Lava  
B6 Everything Merges With The Night  
B7 Spirits Drifting


SKU 0602557703887
Barcode # 0602557703887
Brand Rock/Pop

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