Brian Eno
Discreet Music


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zig'haloperidol USER (62 Reviews)
March 15th, 2019 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "(...) as ignorable as it is interesting." Eno

Obstructed, crushed between the evisceration pop trilogy that proceeds with it and the environmental period, full of innovation and masterpieces, which follows him, Discreet Music is an album that is little heard, undervalued and often overlooked. However, it undoubtedly represents a very important turning point: environmental music appears for the first time in its most mature, emotional and complex form in Eno's discography and does so with a class that is undoubtedly laudable.

While on Another Green World one can still hear pop songs with an ambient aesthetic, Discreet Music offers Eno's first pure ambient feeling, full of wattige synthetic sound worlds open up to the listener. Meditatively, the spherical sounds are repetitive. Still, everything flows. The melodies are no longer important in this context; there is actually no recognizable melody line in the true sense. Here everything depends on textures of sounds, strongly influenced by classical music.

It starts with a 30-minute title track, an experiment of a synthesizer sound sent through reverb into a tape recorder, resulting in loops overlaying each other. Originally intended as a background for Robert Fripp to play against in a series of concerts, its repetive nature creates an amazing atmosphere. Unlike No Pussyfooting, where the continuously cycling phrases create tension and anxiety, Discreet Music is effortlessly relaxing and yet beautiful. The real beauty of this track is that is does serve perfectly as background music, but also holds up strongly if one chooses to pay full attention. Then, there's three Johann Pachelbel variations, which are jewels of musical expressionism, sketches of music from the future, description of thoughts and moments of reality that move in melodies heard and written very well. Surely these tracks are interesting and pleasant enough, but it's not nearly as engaging as the title track.

All in all, there is a freshness and innocence of discovery within Discreet Music that is not seen on any other Eno ambient album even if later releases may be considered objectively better. Often overshadowed by Ambient 1: Music for Airports, this is the true birthplace of Eno's ambient work and a strong precursor to Eno's following ambient landmark records. No one should leave behind such a dowelling and well constructed album as this one.



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Zig
March 15th 2019


1650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As Erik Satie would say: "furniture music".

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2019


18141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, pos'd. The title track is one of my favorites from Eno.

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bigguytoo9
March 15th 2019


554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a masterpiece IMO. Bought this on cd a few years ago used. Was super stoked to find a copy.

IronGiant
March 15th 2019


1614 Comments


I almost prefer the B side to the A side. Beautiful album from Eno

e210013
March 15th 2019


2213 Comments


It's always a pleasure to see a review of this gentleman. Still, I'm not familiar with this album yet. Definitely I need to check it.

Great work, amigo. Pos.

Doctuses
March 16th 2019


1915 Comments


damn, I hate brian eno, but good job

parksungjoon
March 16th 2019


9207 Comments


"I hate brian eno"

coming from someone who 5s baroque, classical and fucking BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, i dont think anything of value is lost here lmao

parksungjoon
March 16th 2019


9207 Comments


holy shit your ratings made my morning thank you ahaha

Doctuses
March 17th 2019


1915 Comments


ive been doing good work lately thanks



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