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Before And After Science

Brian Eno

1977

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Before And After Science

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2.96

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I love nearly everything did or even touched in the 70s and 80s. He is one of my biggest heroes. I love nearly everything about him, especially his stance between being a musician and artist (and simply a creative thinker) and how it's all one fluid thing to him. His ability to think beyond boundaries and his use of the studio as an instrument is so incredibly inspiring. He is up there with The Beatles, Lee Scratch Perry, Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, and Conny Plank in that regard. He is connected to much of the music I hold most dearly: Bowie's berlin trilogy, talking heads, john cales solo albums, roxy musics first album, and of course krautrock in his tenure with cluster/Harmonia - which shows up here on this album. Suffice to say it's hard for me to pick a favorite album by him but this one is certainly a major contender. I feel like it is a very balanced album and it does contain perhaps my favorite track of his: by this river, played with and about his time with cluster. The album has a great range of moods and I like how he intersperses the instrumentals throughout. I wish he continued more with this balance of rock/lyric based songs and instrumentals but hereafter he went onto a long jag with his ambient/instrumental direction. I like his ambient work as well but I also love his lyrics and find his voice so oddly compelling. The lineup of musicians on this album is incredible and part of it was recorded with the great krautrock producer Conny Plank. Somebody described Eno's more rock oriented albums as art pop and I think that when it comes down to it that might be my favorite genre and where I feel the most kinship with my own ideas and feelings about musical expression.

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5

Wonky and angular are not words I normally associate with Brian Eno, but here we are. Showing his abilities as a master of soundscape even at this early stage. It's always nice to hear music with a sense of humour.

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4

I’d never heard of Bryan Eno and the first few songs weren’t really up my alley, but I fell in love with: Here he comes, Julie with..., and By this river. So glad I got this recommendation, it’s made me a Bryan Eno fan

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There's nothing wrong with this, but not much that's remarkable or interesting, either. We really didn't need this many Eno albums on the list. Best track: Spider and I

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5

So this is rock Eno. Really, really good. Not flawless, but on a five point scale easily a five. Heads above most of what I've listened to recently. I'll be coming back to Julie With... right away.

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5

Oh yeah, I loved this. Pop rock from a parallel timeline, dissolving into dream pop as it goes on. Fave track - "By This River"

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Was... Was the point of these songs to be some before "science" and more rock-based, then some after, and more synth-based? Or is the album name irrelevant?

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probably cool in theory but not for me

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First, few songs... i like this. By this river played - OMG! 5 STARS!!! this so calming, im gonna cryyyyy lol also spider and i huhuhu is this a deaf anthem ang gandaaaa

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Super dope

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I really liked this. I will definitely be coming back to this album!

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5

A masterpiece of art rock weirdness. I almost like this record as much as Another Green World, but it just comes short. The synth sounds and pop hooks on this album are just sublime. A personal favorite of mine. Favorite song: Backwater Least favorite song: Through Hollow Lands

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This is absolutely my jam. Still don't know if King's Lead Hat is an intentional anagram of Talking Heads (or vice versa, or neither).

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5

New favorite in there

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5

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I downloaded it in college after becoming obsessed with ambient music. I didn't understand it at first since it is clearly NOT ambient, but it grew on me over the years.

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5

One of my all-time favorites. Expected ambient and was puzzled by this. Quickly grew on me and has remained amazing.

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5

I liked this album quite a lot. Some songs were better than others, but this is definitely one of the better albums I've heard so far. By This River is my favourite song off this album, with Through Hollow Lands a close second.

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5

Caynt beat it, thinking of Bobby Burvant

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5

“King's Lead Hat” has long been my weirdo bop, ever since I was an oddball teenager who stumbled onto the music of Brian Eno on late night radio in the mid-80s. It’s the first song I think I ever heard by Eno, which led me down into the huge rabbit hole that is his music, and all the possibilities of what music can be. My peers had no idea who Eno was, his 70s music probably considered to be obscure, out of date and just plain strange at that point. But those albums have meant a lot to me over the years. They’re a kind of touchstone to my own musical taste and my own desire to listen to music with curiosity and a sense of adventure. What I’m trying to say is, Eno is my jam. So, Before and After Science. This album might sit strangely with anyone who hasn't really listened to Brian Eno before. It's fairly accessible for the general listener as his albums go, with some very lovely instrumentation. Stylistically he is a little bit all over the place and has a pronounced weird streak, particularly on the front half. It's not a bad thing, just maybe a little hard to connect with immediately for some. Stick with it. By the time you hit "Julie With," the rest of the album kicks into a different gear, with a far more layered, reflective, and ambient sound. Honestly, the final four are some of the most spare, beautiful arrangements I have heard in any genre. I feel wonderfully relaxed and elevated by the time “Spider and I” comes to a close. “By This River” exists on a plane by itself, it’s so lovely. The instrumentation on this album is ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way. Eno has always collaborated and surrounded himself with the best musicians, but this is insane. These are some of the smartest, most creative minds in music and they just flow like they were always together in this band. That funkified bass work by Paul Rudolph and Percy Jones on “No One Receiving” and “Kurt’s Rejoinder” is insanely good. Inspired use of various forms of percussion, across the board, especially on “Kurt’s Rejoinder.” Robert Fripp’s guitar on King’s Lead hat, shut up. Phil Manzanera’s guitar on “Here He Comes” is more delicate and incredibly pretty, a waterfall of sounds when blended with Eno’s own synthesizers. Eno’s voice is distinctive and oddly affecting in a way unlike that of many other vocalists. He’s not a singer really, the voice is just another musical tool, but when he does sing he moves you. It doesn’t much matter what he’s singing about. Which is a good thing because these lyrics are characteristically off the wall for Eno. Don’t look for a lot of coherence because that’s not what he’s doing here. Just embrace the weirdness and enjoy. Fave Songs: By This River, King's Lead Hat, No One Receiving, Julie With, Kurt's Rejoinder

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Absolute classic. Proper songs, but with a fresh approach to sound that makes them pop through as something both familiar and different. Some tracks are surprisingly funky (\"No One Receiving\", \"Kurt's Rejoinder\"), and often catchy (\"Backwater\", \"King's Lead Hat\"). When I was about 14, I borrowed from the library a compilation of Eno's 73-77 song-oriented albums. I did not get it at the time, but since have learned to love the tangential approach to song-writing. I still love this album every time I listen to it.

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Great album, love this creative period from Eno

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Somewhere between the Beatles and new wave lies this. Also get a lot of Talking Heads out of it, which makes sense since Eno and David Byrne have been working together forever now. Loses steam a little near the end. Favorite tracks: "Blackwater", "King's Lead Hat", "By This River"

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Brian Enos wonderfully old alternative

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8

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Pretty cool, worth another closer listen

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Not bad actually 3-4 stars.

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Good stuff. I was surprised that this was pretty much straightforward instead of his usual soundscapes. I see where his Bowie/Talking Heads inspo came from.

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Pretty ambient and truly music, definitely plays with my brain a little 4.2

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Definitely unique.... but I dig it. There was a lot of repetition within the songs, but it still felt interesting to listen to Favorite track(s): “Energy Fools the Magician” “Her He Comes”

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Great range of sounds in here, can see why Eno was such an influential figure

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parra total... para descubrir...

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mellow

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At being avant-gard-ist, he is one of the best. Lots of textures, mesmerising ambients, searching of new sounds here and there, and then suddenly a song as beautiful as Here He Comes... a true innovator

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Pretty cool and interesting but surprisingly funky

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Really good album. Side A is upbeat artsy rock n' roll and side B is pastoral, atmospheric and ambient.

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4 Spider&I et Through hollow lands sont assez parfaites

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4

Excellent.

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4

Has its contemplative moments, and overall it's great... but the first two tracks might put some people off

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4

Starts off campy but really hits its stride. Experimental strange talking heads vibes and a weirdly peaceful ambient later half.

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During the first song, I thought it was another collaboration with David Byrne. Their voices are uncannily similar. The overall quality of the album is good and with this being the third Eno album generated for me so far, it's great to hear what his vocals sound like. Favourite songs were Here He Comes and King's Lead Hat.

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Oh, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, wacky scientist of 20th century rock- it was fun to hear you having a blast on this album. I'm familiar with a lot of Eno's production work from this period (particularly collaborations with Bowie, Devo and Talking Heads) and it was fascinating to hear the cross-influence of some of it in his own work. It makes the late 70s seem like a constant cycle of the same few musicians picking from each other's plates at an all-you-can-eat buffet. As for the songs: "King's Lead Hat" is an absolute banger which I can't believe I hadn't heard before. "Backwater" has a catchy (if slightly obnoxious) chorus which I couldn't help grinning at. "Kurt's Rejoinder" and "Energy Fools the Magician" have very obvious seeds of "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts"' atmospherics and arrangements. Like Bowie's "Low" of the same year, the second half turns to more weightless instrumentals, but these are much warmer pieces, with strong melodies and more discernible structure. "Spider and I" was a gorgeous closer, even with Eno's simple and modest vocal. It's pretentious and a little unfocused at times, of course, but hard to complain when the highlights are this good. Recommend this to any Eno/Bowie/Byrne fans out there.

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4.25

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Good fun

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Brian Eno delivers with a good blend of rock to groove, and music to cool. Favorites: No One Receiving, Julie With, By This River

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Backwater

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begin new wave minder elektronisch dan ik dacht

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Zaista odličan album. Dosta podsjeća na album Low od Bowiea jer je isto tako producirao taj album (ista godina). Prvi dio albuma je ritmičan, plesan, nekako futurističkih zvukova ukomponirano, dok je drugi dio smireniji, laganiji i po mome mišljenju divniji, nokturalniji. Lijep prijelaz na polovici albuma. Naravno ako ste fan Talking Headsa može se i njihova glazba osjetit na ovom albumu (jer opet, on je surađivao s njima, a najviše sa David Byrneom.) Dakle devetka je tu. Favoritne: Backwater, King's Lead Hat, Here He Comes, Julie With, By This River.

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Ja sam baš uživala slušajući ovaj album. Kao da gledam kroz kaleidoskop. "Julie with" mi je posebno lijepa pjesma. "Now I wonder if we'll be seen here, or if time has left us all alone". UF.

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4.5 + Another intensely dynamic record from Eno. It starts off with pop songs whose rhythms seem to bounce against the skin of each track's bubble ("No One Receiving", "Backwater", "King's Lead Hat"). Some of Eno's more experimental instincts and quirks are still here but he's dialed them down just a little. Towards the middle, he explores more lush and unctuous territory creating soundscapes of seemingly disparate sonic textures, most notably on "Here He Comes." The record then glides into ambient terrain that previews what will define the next phase of his career.

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4

enjoyed this, some silly songs at the start and more experimental/art rock towards the end classic pre-ambient Eno

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4

Despite being boring sometimes, this album gains extra points from me for it's ambitious production and innovative use of electronic instruments and effects.

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4

Great album. Simple, yet hard to define and escapes easy genre classification. The ballads are beautiful.

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Now my favourite album from him. I'm not 100% sold on the songs in the first half of the album, though they're, but the 2nd half was lovely - dreamy minimalistic the lead towards his later more experimental work but still has uncools things like structure and tunes.

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4

The first side is great. Side two points towards that godawful ambient music that so many critics love. Why? Very boring. Background stuff. Fortunately this album doesn't fall too far into that category.

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Really, really cool. There's some great songs on here (King's Lead Hat and By This River were my favorites) I enjoyed this a lot and I think it could hit 5 star status for me with repeat listens, which it will certainly get. 4 for now but that's a strong 4. A 4 that works out or...something.

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A playful album, maybe even tricky. Reminds me of Bowie, Talking Heads, that sort of thing, which is obvious. Highlights: King's Lead Hat, Here He Comes, Julie With, Through Hollow Lands, Spider and I. This might be my favorite recommendation of this whole project.

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I recently watched and enjoyed the very lengthy and detailed documentary Brian Eno- The man who fell to earth 1971-1977. So I was happy to see this album which was produced at the end of this period before the branched out with his solo ambient works which are a completely different kettle of fish. I think the last three albums that he produced in this period, which includes Taking Tiger Mountain and Another Green World are amongst his very best. Eno's stature in the business is apparent simply by how many crack musicians he was able to gather together on this record: Fripp, Frith, Roedelius, Moebius, Jaki Leibezeit, Conny Plank, Phil Manzanera... Wow! Side 1 of this record rocks out more, and Side 2 is more languid and pastoral and foreshadows the ambient themes that was to come. The highlight for me is By This River, which is so simple, yet one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The Satie-esque piano and his gentle humming typically stays in my head days after listening to it.

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Creepiness starting to filter in.

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This was 50/50 cool and shit. Some of it was borderline new wave dog shit, some was cool ambient stuff. 3/5.

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found a good song or two

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Well produced/well written imo, but it's not my preferred genre so I can't properly evaluate it.

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Better than expected. I have listened to a bit of Eno in the past and thought it was drivel. I started listening to this album with reluctance and was pleasantly surprised how listenable it was. Reminded me of XTC at times. I would probably listen to this again.

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Interesting, but a bit forgettable.

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A load of pretentious, avant-garde new wave bollocks. It was always going to happen, with a name like Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno. Fucks sake.

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Avant Garde and a bit strange.

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Some good stuff but I can't recall much from when I listened a month ago

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Vocals Brian Eno is not my thing. The only song I already liked was "By This River". This entire rest is... acceptable. Not much to say.

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Very eclectic mix of sounds that kept me interested. Found it hard still to stay completely interested

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Not familiar with Brian Eno's catalogue, as I presume you both are, and it started out funkier than I expected, more accessible that I thought it would be. Like the drums in "No One Recieving." "Backwater" sounds like the goofier side of the Beatles, like something Paul would write and make Ringo sing. "Kings Lead Hat" was a dead ringer for the Talking Heads, and I was not surprised to find out that it was intentional. "Julie With" and "Through Hollow Lands" and "Spider and I" as more along the lines of what I expected the album to be like. It was not a cohesive album, jumped around. After hearing this I wonder if that willingness to go all over the map musically is what made him a good producer. I liked the album, did not love it.

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Ganz ok, erinnert mich ein wenig an Terry Hall.

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inoffensive, background music.

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Started off really strong, then wasn't nearly as good. Still a fine album overall.

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1977, Art rock, experimental pop, art pop, avant-pop, teilweise nur Instrumentals, Lieder unterscheiden sich in Stimmung und Stil, 1-5: laut lebhaft zu 6-10: langsam melancholisch, zweite Hälfte des Albums ist gut, erste Hälfte meh, starke 3 wegen 6-10

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Not bad.

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Brian Eno is the king of chill and that's what I appreciate about him. His pre-ambient days, like this album are alien to me. Interesting music nonetheless, but not something particularly enjoy.

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Tranquilo. Sosegado. Buena voz

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Interesting

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Interesting artist. Creative and sountracks

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I honestly don't know. Is it good? Would you listen to it again? What's the point of the ambient stuff? When is that for? A couple of belters though, so 🤷‍♂️

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This album grew on me. It's unsettling, both lyrically and melodically with rare chord resolves throughout. His voice is haunting as the synths and electronic orchestration play out. Favorite song: By This River

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3

Definitely better than the last album we listened to by Brian Eno. Still not really my favorite music but not bad

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Not his best work or my favourite Eno album by any stretch. A bit more more and miss than another green world and I prefer the overall direction he went on music for airports but still loads to enjoy on this and deserves repeat listens

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Hadn’t listened to this album before, familiar with Another Green World / Warm Jets and this is similar avant garde pop, before he went ambient. Definitely has a lot in common with Bowie’s finest album ‘Low’, produced by Eno and released in the same year. Interesting and enjoyable.

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I honestly don't know. Is it good? Would you listen to it again? What's the point of the ambient stuff? When is that for? A couple of belters though, so 🤷‍♂️

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I think I know why so many are inspired by Eno now. Very unique, starting off rock with video game esque electronic sounds before their time, ending contemplative and atmospheric. A little hard to recall, not really a catchy set of tunes.

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The songs I like on this album are really great. Others are okay and grew on me over time. Overall, okay album.

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nice and different from what i normally listen to

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Yeah, fine. Nothing really of note but also not terrible

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Not overwhelming

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I'd say 3.5, but not a 3.5 that close to a 4.

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Actually not bad. Pleasantly surprised. Very 80s. Interesting to listen to the music of the man behind a lot of U2's success.

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Ended up listening twice, quite pleasing for my one brain cell.

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Not as ethereal as other Eno albums but still some good tunes, 'Julie with' being the pick of the bunch.

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Sonlara dogru guzellesiyor

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He's a very interesting guy who has been involved in a lot of music I like, so I looked forward to listening to this when it popped up in my rotation today. I listened to it, and it's a mixed bag for me, but overall I liked it. Some tracks just didn't do anything for me (the more frenetic ones, some of which sounded like mockery at times, which might be the point but I didn't like them), and others drew me in (e.g., 'Energy Fools The Magician' caught my interest, as did 'Through Hollow Lands'). Totally get the connection to his future work with the Talking Heads, though, and that's very cool. For the most part, I think I might have liked this album more if there were little or no vocals. I did like 'By This River,' though, and that has clear vocals. The keys on that track are great. And 'Spider And I' is really cool.

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No one receiving? -Okay! This is interesting stuff. I don't know I'm in 1977. I will listen to more at some point.

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“The murkiness of the quiet, largely instrumental reflections that take over side two [don’t diminish] side one's oblique, charming tour of the popular rhythms of the day.”

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Mycket Bowie-influenser (eller tvärtom, de hade ju mot ihop) vilket jag uppskattar. Men kom inte in i skivan efter en lyssning. Detta är dock ett sånt typiskt album som jag vet jag skulle gilla om jag lyssnade på det tio ggr och verkligen började känna igen låtarna. Men det kommer jag inte göra…

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Interesting stuff. Like Roxy Music met up with Talking Heads.

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Stark

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Not much to this for me. I bet with repeated listenings I might notice some things. But for now it’s just simple ambient.

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Ca detend et cest original, j’ai aime mais pour relaxer. 3.25

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Kinda neat ambiant stuff

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More interesting than I expected at points, but droning and dull overall. I've never really "got" this vibe

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Why so much eno

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Two years. Several musicians from different countries. One hundred plus tracks. It seems that these are recipes for a wider and more diverse (and possibly more exhausting) version of "The White Album", but fortunately, Brian Eno did it pretty well and only ten tracks made it. This album is quite a ride. At the beginning, I thought it sounded colorful (I'm thinking about the spooky black and white album cover) and fun, like being in a carnival. But like a bland cotton candy, it sounds generic and forgettable, no matter how colorful. But as I said, it's a ride. After a while, things get more serious - less colorful, but in a good way. The ambient-ish tracks are great, it's like riding from the noisy circus to a pleasant, quiet park. Still, while it's a ride, it's pretty rough one. The rock-ish tracks and the ambient-ish tracks didn't go really well, but I guess that's the "before" and "after" science that he was talking about. So does he tell us that the world is a circus - even happy - before science? It's tempting to dive into it. But I don't think it matters. The only sure thing is that this album is an interesting, rough ride between circus-y rock and heavenly ambience.

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Well, this is what my third Brian Eno album on this list? I guess I can tell you this much, it's the best one. It's dreamy, but a little like Morrissy meets The Kinks. Not great, not horrible.

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a 3 from start to finish

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This is fine. Not really sure what I think of it. I don't love or hate much in particular. It's tough to separate it from my general expectations of what I want from Eno, which is more his later ambient work. The second half edges closer to this territory and therefore becomes a bit more exciting to me.

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Not quite what I was expecting from the Father of Ambient Music, but still very entertaining.

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A real mix of styles here: electronic beats, new wave and pub piano. You can hear LCD Soundsystem taking notes. Best Tracks: No One Receiving; King's Lead Hat; By This River

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I liked the second half more than the first half.

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A nice pleasant enough listen. I might revisit one day as this was alright.

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Not much that was memorable on this album except for some of the production. By no means bad to listen to

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Post Roxy Eno here and quite interesting mix of electronic and rock music. I loved Roxy and his creative influence was obvious throughout their early years. Whilst not an Eno aficionado I can appreciate his place in rock history. Didn't dislike this album and reminiscent of other electronic rock of the era, (Bill Nelson's Red Noise/Hawkwind/Kraftwerk etc) I particularly liked "Backwater" "Kings Lead Hat" (Nods to Mr Byrne et al) and "Spider and I" (Which I think could have been from Bowies Low album in sound) A positive album and can see, influence wise, why it is on the list but I don't have it in my collection.

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Very Eno.

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Oh Brian. You are larger than life.

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Not bad, actually enjoyed it much more than the other Brian Eno album

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Überhaupt nicht so unerträglich, wie ich befürchtet hatte. Ich gebe einer Platte mit Brian Eno-Beteiligung 3 Sterne. Hätte ich nicht für möglich gehalten. Schlechte 3 Sterne allerdings.

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Interesting

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Not bad. Starting to see what all the fuss is about.

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Oh 1001 you desperately want me to start getting into Brian Eno, don't you? This is getting closer.

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Not a lot going on here for me. Well produced.

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In listening to songs like Kurt’s Rejoinder you get a good sense of the impact that he had on David Byrne’s solo albums. King’s Lead Hat sounds like it belongs on Fear of Music, which came out 3 years later! No One Receiving and Energy Fools could have been out-takes from side 2 of Heroes or Low. After listening to this I get a better sense of how Eno influenced the sounds of other artists, though as an album, it seems a bit disjointed to me.

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No comments at all. Just plain old dumb.

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Here he comes - otherwise not the best

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Intéressant

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I did like the first track for some reason, but not much use for the rest of it. I played it twice while working and it was not distinctive enough to keep my attention.

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it’s... different. i like it. i don’t love it though.

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Zzzzzzzzzz....

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2 - Music to lose chess games to

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meh

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Was expecting nice background ambience, wasn't that at all. Not really my thing.

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Just too much.

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So ducking tired of these synthpop albums… they all sound the same.

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Not for me really.

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not sure about this one not my cup of tea but nothing glaringly bad about it either

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Was pretty meh to me, though I liked King's Lead Hat

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Jättekonstig men gick ändå att lyssna på. 2/5

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Interesting, quite experimental. Really not my kind of thing but can tell maybe Bowie and other visionaries were doing a similar thing to this. 2/5 just because it's not my jam

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Just not very enjoyable

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Started with a lot of promise and then it got into dreamscape/heroin trip territory

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It’s not really my vibe but ‘Backwater’ was a fun and upbeat kind of track.

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Was surprised by this. Last couple of tracks were more what I expected.

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favorite songs: Backwater & King's Lead Hat. was alright but the last four songs were very boring and made the album a little worse.

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3.5

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tbh,,, this was kinda boring kings lead hat was the only memorable song

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An unremarkable album. There is no need to listen to it

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2/5 naaah

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¿Otro de Brian Eno? Nunca pensé que este autor fuera tan importante. La verdad es que este disco me ha parecido bastante peñazo. No lo recomendaría especialmente.

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Lyssnade på två låtar.. ointressant

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Not his best, but not a bad album

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Taisi olla yksi kuunneltava biisi ja satunnaisia hetkiä kun kuulosti jopa ihan hyvälle, mutta tämä levy voisi tippua kuin Eno veneestä näiltä listoilta ja kukaan ei kaipaisi.

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Eno Brajana opet, za razliku od sveg šta je do sad bilo od njeg, ovo je čak i slušljivo kao, al brt ne, odjebi više s ove stranice molim te, idući dobivaš kečinu bez slušanja.

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This album had moments of interesting elements, but left the feeling of having been waylaid. Perhaps it would work as background music, but otherwise it would seem that without any previous context, this being an introduction to Brian Eno is rather dull.

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This is not the Brian Eno I listen to. I was expecting a sort of Dan Caine / Hans Zimmer mix.

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Not my jam really. There’s one Brian Eno song I know I like, maybe there are more. Not here though.

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Something new and different

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I really do not enjoy the vocals on this... The production is OK. The song writing is pretty good. There's not much else to say. "By This River" might be my favourite track

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Before and after Science by Brian Eno (1977) The listener’s initial impression might well be a weary regret that these songs were not sung by David Bowie. Eno’s voice doesn’t cut it, even on the atonal “Talking Heads” goofiness in the verses of the anagrammatical “King’s Lead Hat”. In terms of lyrics and ‘message’, well, to say that he strains for a rhyme would be an insult to poetry. For Eno the lyricist, rhyme is just one more instrument among the many on this album that viciously compete for the listener’s attention. And it almost always loses. The best not-great lyric in the collection is the song “Julie With…”, which almost tells a moving story, but I would like to have heard more about the “open blouse”, which is, after all, what “Julie” is “With”. (I actually hope that these remarks have piqued the reader’s interest enough to give it a listen.) The electro/folk/country/rock ballad “Here He Comes” seems to pack every musical cliché into the groove—the only thing it’s missing is sense. My thought as it concluded was “And there he goes!” Now there are some nice musical touches, chiefly in the areas of percussion and bass lines, recorded superbly (for 1977). But the subpar vocals and lyrics are just too damn distracting. Some of the synth effects sound positively primitive from a distance of 45 years. The two instrumental tracks (“Energy Fools the Magician” and “Through Hollow Lands” are very nice to listen to, even if there is nothing dazzling in the performances. The closing track “Spider and I” sounds like Enya on quaaludes. I’ve remarked elsewhere that Brian Eno should have stuck to producing. Nothing on this record changes that assessment. One thing I’ll say for this album—Eno, who designed the cover, knows better than Apple Music, Wikipedia, and the editors of 1001 Albums that one should not capitalize the preposition “after” in the title. Bravo. 2/5

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This guy is responsible for the Windows 95 startup sound. Wild. 2.75.

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Particolare, mi ricorda Elton John. Man mano si perde. Dimenticabile.

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ugh. i want to like this. but i do not.

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No i kolejny pan Brian Eno, tym razem z swoim piatym studyjnym krazkiem z 77, ktory byl jego ostatnim romansem z popularna muzyka rokowa, czy popowa przed skokiem na wody ambientu, kolejny ambitny material, jak zawsze przy jego pracach, mocno bazujacy na muzykach z ktorymi juz tworzyl lub dla ktorych tworzyl, na plycie mozna uslyszec czlonkow roxy music czy Wyatta z soft machine, wiec muzycy znani i lubiani, krazek zaskakuje swoim popowym formatem, bo sklada sie zaledwie z 10 utworow na 39 minutach, gdzie podobno w ramach nagran powstalo ponad 100 kompozycji, wiec niezly filtr musial wejsc zeby cos z tego wybrac, a z tego co bylo wybrane mozna dosc latwo podzielic na utwory w stylu awangardy popowego rocka czyli cos takiego jak robil z talking headsami, do ktorych bezposrednim odniesieniem jest kawalek kings lead hat, druga strona to natomiast o wiele bardziej ambientowe brzmienia, ktore jednak sa ubrane w popowe dlugosci trakow i nie staraja sie przytloczyc sluchacza, ale jednak slychac Enowe ciongoty do wszelakich brzmien synthowo mogowo klawiszowych, dodatkowo bogate zaplecze muzykow i ich roznorodnosc daje uczucie jakiejs pracy zbiorowej z ktorej zostaly wybrane topowe utwory, ktore jednak jakiejs spojnej calosci nie tworza, a najgorszym elementem ktory przesladuje podczas odsluchu sa wokale w wykonaniu pan Eno, o ile jego kompozycje sa ciekawe, tak wokale sa bezpluciowo nudne, czuc jakby staral sie byc tym co robil u innych, ale wychodzi z tego jedynie jakosciowy kopiujacy kociak, ktory nie dotyka czlowieka, wiec odsluch szybki i latwy, ale bez fragmentow ktore zostaja na dluzej, na plejke dodam backwatera

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This was ... okay. Didn't knock my socks off, didn't make me all that interested in a repeat playing. I do like a lot of Eno's later music when he voyages off into ambient soundscapes. This... was not that.

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People gonna be mad at me but I found it a little boring

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I do not dig it

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Unnecessarily weird album

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Listened to on 4/26/22 2.5/5 Favorite song: Julie With This album was a bit too techno (?) for my liking but the lyrics were beautiful

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It had some nice moments but overall I didn't feel like there was any flow from song to song. A lot of the songs seemed to go nowhere. I respect his work but it's not for me.

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not for me

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Nope

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weird

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no mames wey

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This album is all over the place and I don't like it.

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Average

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Couldnt get through this one, it was just meaningless. Glad he started producing!!! 1 star

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Really didn’t enjoy this at all

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Good for him, following his dream

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Really not my cup of tea at all. This just sounded like noise. Is it experimental? Just boring and messy to me.

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I mean I guess that Brian's a pioneer for electronic music and all but his stuff is just always weird. At least this album was better than Music For Airports. 3/10.

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Nothing much to say other than “nope, not for me.”

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40 min av mitt liv jag aldrig kan få tillbaka. Om du mot förmodan skulle behöva lyssna dig genom skivan så skippa de tre inledande spåren

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Ei tarvii toista kertaa kuunnella. Masentava kokemus

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Terrible

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Denne traff meg ikke. Jeg likte det ikke. Ferdig snakket.

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like

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"friends" has a spooky background and i love it!!

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Not what I was expecting from "Brian Eno" -- I've never heard him before, but know of his work with U2. Unimpressed after 2 songs.

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