|Brian Eno – Another Green World (1975)
Seems like it was only a couple weeks back that I mentioned this album in my review for the latest Death Cab release, so it makes sense for me to give you my two cents on Brian Eno’s electro pop pioneering third album. Descending into stripped down, almost robotic arrangements, Brian Eno dabbles with fresh ideas without compromising any of his accessibility as a solo artist. As a matter of fact many critics have noted Another Green World as his most accessible with poppy cuts like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “I’ll Come Running”. Fewer tracks feature Eno’s very english vocal delivery but personally I favor most of the instrumental tracks over the ones with vocals.
Though the bulk of Another Green World seems optimistic it certainly has it’s darker moments. “In Dark Tree” still gives me chills bordering on the lines of industrial, I’m sure Trent Reznor likes that track. Some tracks I can’t even describe, take the album opener for instance “Sky Saw” sounds like Can on some weird drug trip, but it’s nonetheless a trip I want to take as a listener. Eno goes to bold new places but he’s never dicking around or alienating his listeners. This is still a competent and organized album for eager listening audience.
The instrumental “The Big Ship” is easily my favorite track as it is without a doubt the most beautiful track on the album. It has that majestic keyboard progression that slowly builds and builds, accompanied by that great, choppy kind of percussion, I love it. Sometimes I wonder if this would’ve been a better album if it was just entirely instrumental, but even though some of the vocal tracks are a little cheesy sounding they really balance everything out. It’s hard for me to think of many albums that so seamlessly blend instrumental and non-instrumental tracks, this one somehow pulls it off.
Favorite Tracks: “The Big Ship”, “Golden Hours”, “In Dark Trees”