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Another Day on Earth

Brian Eno Audio CD
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1. This
2. And Then So Clear
3. A Long Way Down
4. Going Unconscious
5. Caught Between
6. Passing Over
7. How Many Worlds
8. Bottomliners
9. Just Another Day
10. Under
11. Bone Bomb

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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

Eno in Song: Performer and Producer


For Your Pleasure
, Roxy Music

Here Come the Warm Jets

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Remain in Light
, Talking Heads

Heroes
, David Bowie

The Joshua Tree, U2

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just another CD album of pop songs Dec 15 2006
By Peng!
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this music it occurs to me that Brian Eno didn't need to produce another pop CD. Even thirty-year-old CD's from Eno's catalogue sound like they were produced just yesterday.

But Eno did decide to put out these unbelievably beautiful pieces of recorded music. And I am very delighted he did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear your voice again Brian! March 11 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is Brian Eno at his best. I won't get into the many reasons why you need to own this CD (lyrics, rhythms, composition,...) If you ever have appreciated his diverse talents in the past - you require this ensemble of amazing songs. This is Brian Eno's career at it's fruition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Brilliance and Beauty Dec 9 2009
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Another Day on Earth" is one of the richest and most satisfying albums Brian Eno has released in a 35 year span of brilliant releases. This one has such an atmosphere of deep introspection, maturity and rarefied uniqueness of vision that it holds you spellbound to the very last second. If this is "just another day" in Brian Eno's world it's one that I would love to inhabit.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More, please. June 16 2005
By Heavy Theta - Published on Amazon.com
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How long has it been since he recorded with John Cale. 15 years, maybe? Eno's vocals are still haunting, his production remains forceful and organic. This is much better than a lot of the early reviews. The disc is inconsistent only in that he is throwing together a lot of different ambiant constructs. While a lot of folk are hoping for another Taking of Tiger Mountain, this really has a lot of Thursday Afternoon disassociation flowing through it. The fact that it's not for everybody only endears it more to his admirers. Don't kid yourself, this is one of the last giants doing what he does best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking Beauty June 16 2005
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
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First, I can understand Spike's issue with Eno's music. If you're not into ambient, this will kill you. But it's like Diana Krall for me - I just can't stand that soporofic bore, and I'M FROM CANADA!

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of ambient and pop-rock worlds... Feb. 2 2006
By Alex Tiuniaev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must say that I'm not a huge fan of Eno's earlier non-ambient albums like Before and After Science or Another Green World. I still think that his best work is Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks. And of course, the gorgeous ambient series...

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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A RETURN June 29 2005
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank God for Brian Eno. He has wrung extraordinary music from some of the most talented but middle of the road bands ( U2 and Talking Heads fans will take me to task for that, but I really believe he brings out the best from those two bands in particular.) He WAS the MUSIC in Roxy Music, before he was ditched by the insecure and jealous Brian Ferry. He pioneered the use of ambient sound in pop music. And now he has managed nothing short of the comeback of the year with this album. Another Day on Earth reportedly was 15 years in the making, but the tracks flow effortlessly and you would never know that one song here ( the beautiful "Under" ) was featured over ten years ago on an otherwise abysmal soundtrack album called "Cool World". There are touches of his ambient work. There are instantly and ridiculously catchy pop songs. There are stunning rhythmic instrumental dirges. Words that immediately come to mind while listening to this album: haunting, soothing, inspiring, unforgetable. Hands down this is his finest, most consistant vocal album since the landmark Another Green World. In a perfect world everyone would know who Brian Eno is, and everyone would have the priviledge to experience his music. This is sophisticated ( but not pretentious ) adult pop music. Old fans will be pleasantly surprised. New fans and the curious will be rewarded.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it June 22 2005
By Blobby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are stuck in the past or only want to give this album a quick listen before passing judgment, then it's not for you. But if you are open to new things and give this album some time I think you'll find a jewel.

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.
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