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Posted October 1, 2010
One of the best albums ever made
Before and After Science is one of those rare albums that is absolutely perfect. Every one of its ten songs are utterly fantastic. It's split into two halves: the first is pop music given the Eno treatment, and it's pop music at its weirdest, most striking and imaginative. 'No One Receiving' is really taut and funky, with a swagger that's very difficult to shake off, and 'King's Lead Hat' is hands down one of the catchiest tunes ever, it just drives and drives with incessant bounce and energy, with a chorus that's preposterously melodic. 'Backwater' is so silly it's irresistible, and 'Kurt's Rejoinder' takes the late seventies/early eighties obsession with the fretless bass to wild extremes. Eno's lyrics are really odd and he sounds like he's having a wild time singing them. They may not make much sense, but they sound absolutely marvellous, the words almost become an instrument in themseleves, they just suit the music incredibly well. The second half of the album is at total odds with what has preceeded it: gone is the fast pace to make way for a stunningly gorgeous set of songs that are beyond peaceful, they feel like five beautiful dreams, and are just as accomplished as his more blatantly ambient work. 'Julie With...' is just so, so lovely, and 'Here He Comes', the closest to a pop song on this half (or side, depending if you have the vinyl version), just drifts along with a beautiful melody and a beautiful ambience. Eno's quartet of lyric-themed albums: Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World and this are all superb, evidence of a progressive, massively influential and exciting talent, but for me, Before and After Science is (arguably) the best of the four: experimental, addictive, surprising, dazzling, accessible and absolutely flawless. You owe it to your ears and soul to listen to this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This is my favorite Eno solo album and it contains one of my favorite songs of all time ("Backwater"). It has a simple melody that is infectious. As with most of his solo albums he plays the majority of the instruments with proficiency. Phil Collins is excellent on drums and percussion. However, the most important instrument is Eno's voice which weaves into the music to create a rich tapestry of sound. His influence on new wave and bands to follow (including Talking Heads and DEVO) was obvious to me after my first listen. I even detected an influence on current bands such as Ween. The lyrics are clever and generally follow a nautical theme.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.