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Wow. The danger with a release such as this is that there's a danger of it sounding like a bunch of disparate tracks, or simply a playlist. Fear not, that's not the case. This album is an absolute stunner, covering everything from lively beat tracks (sounds circa Nerve Net) to one track with vocals by Eno.
However, the very best is left 'til last - the absolutely incredible ‘An Ending (Ascent)’. I'm an old man, but this track almost moves me to tears. So much emotional impact in the four minutes that it seems to have a physical weight to it. Yes, buy this just for the one track!
The CD sounds great (no Loudness Wars), and ships in a Mini LP sleeve with a gatefold. You get an 8-page booklet, and the CD is held in a silver inner bag. I'm stil shocked that an album I thought might be a casual little collection can deliver such a good experience - thank you Mr. Eno.
Not much to add to the other reviews except to say this is a predictably fabulous collection of mostly instrumental soundtrack music. What would really make 2021 a more attractive prospect for me would be to hear that the professorial one was releasing an album of new songs. It's been 16 years since the wonderful Another Day On Earth and there's plenty of us who love Eno's voice and lyrics. He apparently loves singing too, so what's the problem? Over to you Brian, time surely to give the old vocal cords a workout.
This collection of Brian Eno's film music is overdue, but including a couple of tracks from his own albums because they were subsequently used in films is a bit of a con. And his version of "You Don't Miss Your Water" should have been buried without trace like the film it featured in.
Oh dear. This comes across as a rather impoverished selection of Eno's music with little to distinguish it. A bitty, dull and dreary album which leaves you, like the music, feeling rather flat & in need of inspiration.