Brian Eno
Another Green World


5.0
classic

Review

by fsharp USER (10 Reviews)
January 26th, 2012 | 18 replies | 2,642 views


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An extraordinary exercise in crafting and creativity; Another Green World shows us the artistic side of pop and rock at it's finest.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In the early to mid 70’s, before his celebrated collaboration with David Bowie, before he co-produced a handful of U2 albums and countless others, and before he created the Windows 95 startup sound, Brian Eno was simply an artist with two albums to his name. With "Another Green World", Eno wanted to incorporate more of an artistic and experimental style, and where most of this sudden onset of esoteric influence came from was his infamous Oblique Strategies instruction cards technique. A mind-blowing amount of instruments were used to create this record, which gives it a very organic and diverse feel. The album has what almost everyone would call the definition of an all-star lineup, what with the likes of titan musicians Robert Fripp, Phil Collins, Percy Jones and John Cale, who add a staggering amount of quality musicianship while at the same time manipulate the sound of the music to a greater degree.

The opening song “Sky Saw” immediately showcases the lineup’s abilities. A groovy fretless bass effortlessly accompanies a tight non-linear drum beat. On top of all that is an instantly gratifying synth line that eventually gives way to an obtuse vocal melody, complete with two part harmony. Near the end of the song, the interaction between the vocals and the instruments morph into a brilliant yet beautiful bout of call and response. A mind-blowing amount of instruments were used to create this record, which gives it a very organic and diverse feel. “The Big Ship”, an instrumental, somewhat droning, yet positively uplifting song, ebb and flow miraculously without ever feeling repetitive or forced, while songs like “I’ll Come Running”, the most proper pop tune this has to offer, give us a break from the sometimes overbearing artistic nature of the album to sing along and get lost in the wonderfully simplistic side of things.

What differs the most between side one and side two of the record has a lot to do with the overall energy. While side one has the more upbeat, straightforward songs, side two deals mostly with a heavy concentration on a lounge type affair. It wouldn’t be outrageous to compare the two sides of the record to day and night, and with the second to last track “Everything Merges with the Night”, a slow strummed acoustic guitar, a restless keyboard, synth line, and Eno’s tired vocals make it easy to feel a strong late evening vibe before the peacefully ambient closer “Spirits Drifting” send us off to sleep. Though the album may be forty minutes, an average length for an album, it most certainly uses it’s time wisely, and that’s why this record excels above many others in its field, it’s simply never a chore to sit through any of the fourteen tracks. From Robert Fripp’s magnificent classically inspired guitar leads on “Golden Hours” to the timeless chorus on “St. Elmo’s Fire”, the moments that inspire awe our far too many to name. The ambient tracks that are littered throughout never feel forced or out of place, and they work to compliment the other songs beautifully. Each song adds that much more in its own way to make up Eno’s vision of this other green world he has so rightfully created.

Repeated listens are absolutely necessary, while at least one is essential. This is one of those so sought after pieces of art that only gets better and grander as time goes on, with each listen revealing a vocal melody or guitar line buried deeper into the mix that has been waiting to grab your attention. The production is bombastic, spacey, and most of all completely natural sounding. Each instrument has its own voice that is just waiting to be heard, so grab a pair of headphones or turn up your speakers, kick back and relax, and enjoy your stay on "Another Green World".



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fsharptrit0ne
January 25th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

had to do this. amazing stuff

Haz
January 25th 2012



268 Comments


one of the greatest albums i've ever had the pleasure of hearing

fsharptrit0ne
January 25th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yea m/

newjunkaesthetic93
January 25th 2012



1871 Comments


Just downloaded this last week, haven't listened yet. This makes me want to hear it though.

Rev
January 25th 2012



9371 Comments


cool stuff

great review, pos

fsharptrit0ne
January 25th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks rev. wish this was more popular here

Rev
January 25th 2012



9371 Comments


brian eno in general should be more popular here


also, I only have this and his ambient music series (oh, and no pussyfooting), what should I grab next?

fsharptrit0ne
January 25th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

definitely either here come the warm jets or taking tiger mountain

xfearbefore
January 25th 2012



1245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man. Great album, like almost every one that Eno released in the 70s.

Digging: Tiger Army - Tiger Army

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2012



7135 Comments


Surprised Aids isn't here yet, jizzing all over the album.

Jash
January 25th 2012



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he probably doesn't have internet right now in his African adventure, either that or theres the fact that he's always on later in the night due to the time difference. he does love this album though, he got me into it a couple summers ago

seedofnothing
January 26th 2012



3425 Comments


This is a fun listen and random too.

fsharptrit0ne
January 26th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

riff 5 this

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THIS. ALBUM.

fsharptrit0ne
January 26th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

major tom

Beachcoma
January 26th 2012



526 Comments


Never really dug this man's work honestly, but Music For Airports is incredible.

fsharptrit0ne
January 26th 2012



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

listen to this and 5 it

Flagran12
June 17th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, this album needs more love



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