ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP

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Background
One of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, musician/composer/record producer/singer/writer Brian Eno has been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge music ever made. On The Ship, Eno once more develops the musical form he pioneered, ambient electronica.

Strengths
There are sonic and lyrical explorations on the four compositions here. The centrepieces revolve around strong variations – from a long-form ambient piece (the title track), lyrics (whether sung by Eno or spoken by Peter Serafinowicz) to a orch-rock cover of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free”. A fervent sense of mood is evoked throughout the album – that of melancholy reflection.

Highlights
“Fickle Sun (i)” and “Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free”

Sounds Like
Well, Eno.

Bottom Line
It is rather awesome to hear Eno’s vocals again on record (after over a decade) and they provide a textural slice of humanity into his overall chilled-out relaxed atmospherics.

Information
Official Website: http://www.brian-eno.net/

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