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BRIAN ENO/DAVID BYRNE My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
Virgin (2006)

This much lauded and applauded 1981 album incorporated 'found sounds' and ethnic beats into the eclectic new wave mix you'd expect from the Roxy Music sound man and Talking Heads Singer/Songwriter/guitarist.

Eno and Byrne collaborated on a number of occasions - with Eno also making albums with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. All equally different from each other and from their respective main bands.

That said, no matter off the wall the music gets, it as Eno's and Byrne's signature all over it.

America Is Waiting is pretty cool, with some interesting rhythms and tape loops. The sound continues, with both dark and pop edges and some new wave throughout.

Help Me Somebody kicks off with a tribal rhythm and a TV Evangelical voice with a radio trebly sound.

The music is good throughout, and of major interest to fans of experimental music too as well as fans of Eno and Byrne separately.

A full booklet and 7 bonus tracks make for a top package too. Have Virgin finally realised how to repackage properly?


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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