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Before And After Science

Brian Eno

1977

Before And After Science

Album Summary

Before and After Science is the fifth studio album by British musician Brian Eno. Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, it was originally released by Polydor Records in December 1977 in the United Kingdom and by Island U.S. soon after. Musicians from the U.K. and Germany collaborated on the album, including Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine, Fred Frith of Henry Cow, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, Paul Rudolph of Hawkwind, Andy Fraser of Free, Dave Mattacks of Fairport Convention, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, and Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster. Over one hundred tracks were written with only ten making the album's final cut. The musical styles of the album range from energetic and jagged to languid and pastoral. The album marks Eno's last foray into rock music as a solo artist in the 1970s, with nearly all of his following albums showcasing more of Eno's avant-garde and ambient music, which was hinted at on the second half of Before and After Science. The album was Eno's second to chart in the United States. The song "King's Lead Hat", the title of which is an anagram for Talking Heads, was remixed and released as a single, although it didn't chart in the United Kingdom. Critical response to the album has remained positive, with several critics calling it one of Eno's best works.

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3.01

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4826

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

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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Thu Apr 15 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 25 2020
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
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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Tue Sep 28 2021
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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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

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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Thu May 19 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

This is a lot of fun. Eno in highly playful mood, very lyrically nimble. There's a lot of the future sound of post punk in here, needly guitar and burbling synths to the fore. Very Talking Heads in places too - you can see where Brian's discussions with David Byrne would lead right here.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

probably cool in theory but not for me

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Wed Dec 09 2020
5

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Super dope

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

New favorite in there

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Fri Apr 30 2021
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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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

Caynt beat it, thinking of Bobby Burvant

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

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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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Great album, love this creative period from Eno

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Another excellent album from Brian Eno. The mix of upbeat songs and more atmospheric tracks, tied together by the tasteful and unique arrangements and rhythms, makes listening to this album a very enjoyable experience throughout.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Classic Eno album - not as good as his first three albums but still 5 star of course.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Ambient art. Brian Eno is brilliant. One of the most talented people in the history of music.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Amazing

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

10/10 I’ve heard one of Brian Eno’s albums before but I had no idea he’s made more than just awesome ambient all the cool prog and electronic is so nice I mean come on, the man worked with Robert Fripp! I have to love him! anyway, I obviously love this album I see no reason to give this anything other than a 10/10

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Brian Enos wonderfully old alternative

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

8

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Pretty cool, worth another closer listen

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Not bad actually 3-4 stars.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

parra total... para descubrir...

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

mellow

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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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Tue May 11 2021
4

Pretty cool and interesting but surprisingly funky

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

4 Spider&I et Through hollow lands sont assez parfaites

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Excellent.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

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

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Mon Aug 02 2021
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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

4.25

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Good fun

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Backwater

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

begin new wave minder elektronisch dan ik dacht

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Wed Jan 12 2022
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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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 23 2022
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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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

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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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

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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Wed May 25 2022
4

Creepiness starting to filter in.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Ooh this is really good. Some of the funkiness of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, some of the rawness of Here Come The Warm Jets and some of the mellowness of the Ambient stuff. It's a really nice blend of all the stuff I'd go to Eno for.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

listened to again

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

My 4th (!) Brian Eno record; considering the fact that aside from "Music For Airports" prior to this 1001 list I don't think I'd never put an Eno record on front to back - I would have thought I'd be annoyed... I feel like this album puts 70s Genesis and Pink Floyd in a cake pan, mixed it just a touch more, and came out with something even better (and I love those bands). Also you can hear a clear path to/from Eno and Adrian Belew and Talking Heads. It appears that I've become a big Eno fan, and this is perhaps my favourite. It's weird yet somehow accessible. Blessedly short at 40 minutes (not a sarcastic knock at all; I much prefer shorter albums as a general rule - get in, get out, leave 'em wanting more), there's a ton of melody, the vocals are mixed low enough so they're not a distraction and more of an instrument - exactly how I prefer it. "Here He Comes" and "Julie With..." might be my current favourite tracks - the former seems simple and light but there's a subtle oddness to it and the latter is on the surface very mellow but it's almost off-putting in a way that draws me to it. I could see how the latter part might bore some listeners - it definitely gets very dreamlike/new age-y but it's just short enough for me to be the perfect amount combined with the pop-rock first half. 8/10 4 stars.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Some classic eno really enjoyed it

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Fun great intro into genre

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

11/10 animals collected

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

It's undeniably an excellent album with great songs. The bass and synthesizer tones and playing are masterpieces on their own. Even if it's a pop record, I also like that the ambient music side of Eno stands out, like on the tracks "Through Hollow Lands" or "Spider And I".

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Nice Album. Brian Eno is very important in the history of music. He deserve a couple albums in this top.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

This is really really great. Post-punkish Bowie vibes that brings all the boys to the yard.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Awesome album. Sounds like Talking Heads mixed with Bowie and John Cale. What more could you possibly want?

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Interesante

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

81/100: Wow, what a unique sound on this album. My biggest gripe with this project so far is that, by virtue of the sheer number of albums, trends are pretty quickly identified. “Oh this artist sounds like a Kirkland Bob Dylan.” “These guys sound like a raw Led Zeppelin.” Things of that nature. I wish I could get my mind to stop making these comparisons—it’s true, comparison is the thief of joy. Brian Eno’s sound, though, puts my mind at ease on this front. His music defies comparison. I haven’t heard an album like this maybe ever (the closest I can think of is the Talking Heads but that’s such an off comparison, it doesn’t really work). I’d never heard anything by Brian Eno before listening to this album; in fact, I’d never even heard of Brian Eno before. But I liked this album so much, I think it constitutes the first true gem of an album that I’ll revisit and an artist I will hopefully dive into more in the future. This is the type of music you drift into, where if you close your eyes you quickly forget the orientation of the room you’re in, you forget how long you’ve been listening, you enter into a world of sound and melodies. I don’t know what this type of music is made of, I couldn’t tell you what features a song has to have to elicit that experience, but I know it when I hear it. Brian Eno has produced that type of music and fostered that experience with this album.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

13th September 2022 Listened during the day while working from home. Ben and Nilisha stayed and we went to the oak. I loved this, it’s atmospheric and moody but playful at the same time with tinges of David Byrne.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I first became aware of this album (and Eno) through the movie Dogs In Space. One of the people in the chaotic share house the film is based around would put this on as whenever he took a lady up to his room, much to the disgust of his fellow housemates. While I am not ready to admit if I used this album as the soundtrack of any of my adolescent fumblings, I did have a tape of this that I was played until warping on my yellow walkman

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

This is very good and amazingly fresh for being almost 50 years old?

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Highlights: Backwater, Energy Fools the Magician, King’s Lead Hat, Here He Comes, By this River Lowlights: Kurt’s Rejoinder, Through Hollow Lands

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Another great find, Brian Eno surprises me with the scope of genres in which he works. Very cool.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

It's pretty good. It feels a bit trapped between Talking Heads new wave, and Eno's later ambient music, and consequently doesn't really reach the heights of either style imo. Still fairly catchy, enjoyable, and tranquil towards the end. My key criteria of an album creating or transporting you to a place is kind of met, as Eno mentions it's an ocean album, which I can dig. 1/11/22

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Very very good!

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

This stuff was kinda weird. Good. But weird.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

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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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

found a good song or two

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

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

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

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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Mon Jan 11 2021
3

Interesting, but a bit forgettable.

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

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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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Avant Garde and a bit strange.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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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Sat Jan 16 2021
3

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Ganz ok, erinnert mich ein wenig an Terry Hall.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

inoffensive, background music.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Not bad.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

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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Fri May 14 2021
3

Tranquilo. Sosegado. Buena voz

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Interesting

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Interesting artist. Creative and sountracks

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Tue Jul 20 2021
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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

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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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

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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Tue May 18 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
3

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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Fri May 21 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

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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Fri May 07 2021
3

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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Thu May 20 2021
3

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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Wed May 12 2021
3

nice and different from what i normally listen to

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Not overwhelming

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

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

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Fri May 21 2021
3

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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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

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

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

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

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Sonlara dogru guzellesiyor

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

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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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

“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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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Stark

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

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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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

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

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Kinda neat ambiant stuff

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Why so much eno

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

a 3 from start to finish

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

I liked the second half more than the first half.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

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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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Very Eno.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Oh Brian. You are larger than life.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

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

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Interesting

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

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

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

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

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Sun May 15 2022
3

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

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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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Sun May 29 2022
3

pretty chill

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Eno er fínn.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

A few of the tracks are good, but the album is a bit all over the place. And completely trails off in the second half.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

this album was so just pretty. it was calming and enlightening. it was somewhat bland but it was good and simple but complex.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

There’s something impressive going on here. Not really my bag though.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

3.5

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Not what I expected

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Mix of funk, new wave, AOR, pop. Perhaps because of this eclecticism, it can be a bit bland in places. Predates ambient albums Alright, nothing special

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

This didn't do much for me. It's was okay.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I found out later in the afternoon having listened to this album all day that my computer had some audio issues leading to cracking, popping, etc. It probably says a fair bit about what I think of Eno that I thought this was deliberate. Despite that I persisted so it must have been OK.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I was expecting weird and wacky but actually it was very listenable and I enjoyed it. Not quite a 4* but certainly high 3*

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

très intéressant cet album!

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

ok

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Ahead of its time

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Not one of his strongest albums for me, pleasant listen but slightly too much going on for background working, not strong enough on the tunes for attention grabbing.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

As a general rule the ambient sections were killer and the upbeat sections were.. not my cup of tea. Definitely a middle of the road album for me, not one I'll be going to again save a few songs, but not an offensive album to my ears by any stretch.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Interesting funk/groove electronica. Not my style though

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

I thought it would be more ambient like his other albums, but the first few songs were actually listenable. Might try this again.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Fine

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Great record, reminded me of talking heads a lot, obviously, because eno produced their biggest albums.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Speciale muziek. Vond het moeilijk om een beoordeling te geven, maar was wel ok

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Not what I expected from Eno, but maybe the more ambient stuff is later. There are visions of what is to come. 2.5

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

det var ganska cool

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Like a lot of his records, it starts out playful and upbeat, and then drifts into contemplativeness and melancholy, with a few tracks seeming to aim for outright inertia or dead air. The latter half is more effective. "Here He Comes" is one's fave and decent enough but as a whole this falls short, largely because it seems a tale of two sides, neither of which excel. The new-wave/indie rock feel, however Talking Heads-esque, is unconvincing (no singer Eno) and there was much better ambient to come. Thus, the effect is more experimental than effective. Still, it's Eno so 3 stars minimum.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

enjoyed it more than I expected to

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I'm more familiar with Eno based on reputation than his actual work (apart from his stint with Roxy Music), so my only expectations here were simple: this album was going to be weird. It was indeed weird. Didn't love it; didn't hate it. Probably an album I'll want to revisit again at some point.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

It was just okay. Absolutely nothing special for me 6/10

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Is was OK - though generally it seemed to pass through my mind without leaving much of a trace

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Better than the last Enon album we got. Has some talking heads vibes at times. At the same time I really had to force myself to actively listen to this as it tends to slide of to the background real fast

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Generally ok, kinda feel like some songs may be a tad bit too out there for my taste

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

I've always enjoyed this album but have never loved it. There's not a song I dislike, though I find them all a tad cold and the production a wee bit thin. Also, I don't care for how the album is broken up into a groovier side and a mellow side, though, when this came out and it was only available on vinyl, I can see the appeal of putting on whichever side you're in the mood for. But in the digital age, not so much. Still, Eno creates great sounds and he has a real gift for catchy melodies, and his lyrics paint lovely pictures. It's a 3.5 for me.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Is Brian Eno the first artist to fool around with sonic landscapes? I don’t know. Do I enjoy sonic landscapes? Sometimes. I’m glad I got to listen to this album twice. It was OK the first time, but I appreciated it more the second time. I don’t often have the luxury of listening to our daily album more than once, which I think is a shame because, unless something really strikes chord, I am more likely to give it a lower rating. Julie With and Down by the River we’re my favorite songs on this record.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

I like this album but not very familiar with it. I can hear his influence on David Bowie, Robert Fripp, David Byrne, and Peter Gabriel... and vice versa. I'm more familiar with Brian as a producer and never got into his ambiance music. I love his creativity but lose interest with his excessive repetition (same issue with Robert Fripp). I'll need to listen to this album a few more times to get everything out of it but will rate it as average for the time being.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Pop. Rock. Un poco aburrido.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Okay

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

2

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

No comments at all. Just plain old dumb.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
2

Here he comes - otherwise not the best

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Intéressant

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

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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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

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

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Zzzzzzzzzz....

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

2 - Music to lose chess games to

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

meh

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Just too much.

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Sat May 01 2021
2

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

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Not for me really.

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