Another Day on Earth
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11 songs mostly written and recorded over a period of four years, this album is a unique combination of words and soundscapes by one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. Hannibal. 2005.
Another Day on Earth is an ambient song cycle that is full of yearning and a mood that Brian Eno has called "brave and resigned." Even in song, Eno is a master of ambience, creating detailed soundworlds and lyrics that don't so much make sense as create a feeling. It's taken him 15 years to create a new vocal album, and the songs span that time, with the welcome reprise of "Under," a devastatingly beautiful hymn of loss and redemption that dates back to 1991's aborted, unreleased My Squelchy Life album. It's turned up before on the Cool World soundtrack and Eno Box II: Vocals. Joining "Under" as one of Eno's most sublime songs is "And Then So Clear," a paean of wasted longing and hope with its cycling rhythm, ethereal guitars, and pitch-shifted vocal harmonies. You can hear Eno's love of gospel music on "This" and "Bottomliners," and can almost picture ! them in a particularly pensive Baptist church with his double-tracked vocals emulating a solemn choir. But it's not all minor-key reflection. Eno also unleashes a couple of fractured tunes, like "Bonebomb," which is from a project in which he mutated the meter of poets reciting their works. Another Day on Earth is a more personal album from the ambient avatar, a recording of rare and meticulous maturity. --John Diliberto
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Top Customer Reviews
But Eno did decide to put out these unbelievably beautiful pieces of recorded music. And I am very delighted he did.
You want to drink this world in, to the lees, savour it and have it fill you with it's profound sense of peace. Yet it's not the kind of peace that comes from anaesthesia or mindless soporifics, this peace emanates from a long life of constant questioning, from the transcendance of doubt, pain, loss, and the concommitant loneliness of journeying at times along frontiers largely unvisited by the common throng. The peace, or serenity, of "Another Day on Earth" is not a passive one, in fact, psychologically, mentally, this album is remarkably active ... very, very awake and engaged. It is the work of a mind plenum rich with experience and insight.
The familiar "Eno" elements and trademarks are here, sparklingly fresh and yet as comfortable as home. It is SO good to hear his voice again, to hear him doing songs once more, despite his reticence to do much in that vein. When one of his "song' recordings comes along it is an event and well worth the many years it takes him to put one out. 1990's "Wrong Way Up" was the last one Eno released and it was also a much-awaited event. "Another Day" makes a perfect companion to his "Drawn from Life" and seems to be the verbal twin to it's largely instrumental predecessor.
All the songs on "Another Day" are wonderful but some really stand out. The album's opener, "This", is pure, classic Brian Eno.Read more ›
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Now, on to the disc at hand....
"This" is simply the best kick off song on a CD since "Come Together" opened ABBEY ROAD. It is thematically akin to what Eno did on his collaboration with John Cale, and would fit right in with "Spinning Away." It's beyond clever and absolutely perfect even to the way it deconstructs at the end. From there, clearly his most recent effort with Fripp, the haunting EQUATORIAL STARS, certainly has had an impact on the ambient moods he creates throughout this disc. It is in so many ways a reflection of how exhausted with the travail of living another day on earth can be, and yet there is something that just refuses to cave in, for all the existential weight.
"Bottomliners" will haunt you long after its conclusion, and seems almost to be the twin of "Bone Bomb", whose sudden ending is as profound a statement on death as you'll ever get. "Caught Between" resonates with an intensity of a life lived with eyes and sensibilities finely attuned. "Under" is more effectively presented than in its 1991 life.
Most reviews mention the hymn-like quality of the songs. They are indeed spiritual statements and certainly not pop songs. Given the comparative wealth of information among his credits - quite a rare thing - this must be, without giving away too much, as personal a statement of his life at this point as he's ever made. Fripp and Bowie, his daughters, key people in his career are given thanks. There is obviously something going on that he wanted to say. And in ways what he wanted to say is what remains left unsaid. He unsays it poetically. And there is just a heartbreaking beauty about the music he creates.
If you are like our buddy, Spike, or just have Dutch roots (what the h#ll were they thinking in rejecting the EU constitution - like they have a presence in the world!), you just are not going to like this CD. If you have enjoyed what Eno has brought to Bowie, Fripp, TH, U2 and Daniel Lanois, you'll find thid disc impossible to put down. As essential as ANOTHER GREEN WORLD, or MUSIC FOR FILMS, or even the Berlin trilogy, this is stunning and reflectively provocative.
But Another Day on Earth takes the best from both worlds. It has enough songs to satisfy his old pop/art-rock fans and enough space and atmosphere for ambient listeners (like me). The material is of highest quality and supreme maturity. Highly recommended.
I was skeptical on my first listening but as I listened more I found much beauty and depth that wasn't at first apparent. The old Eno is here; the poet of the obscure, the thinking musician, but with a new palette. Perhaps at first a jarring one to those of us raised on the 70s Eno. But if you open yourself up to it, you can find the same rewards as in the 70s masterpieces.
There are plenty of musicians who are happy to be pale imitations of their former glory. Luckily, Eno isn't one of them.