Brian Eno Another Day on Earth

[Hannibal; 2005]

Styles: electronic pop, ambient
Others: John Cale, Robert Wyatt, David Byrne, Robert Fripp, Miles Davis

If you're not yet familiar with Brian Eno's work, you should probably invest in Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World, and Music For Airports before you go for Another Day on Earth. That being said, Eno's back with some pure solo pop music after nearly 30 years of ambient music and collaborations with other musicians. And yeah, he's fucking back. Another Day on Earth is Eno's pop music at it's wisest. The songs are mellow and subdued, but poignant and invigorating in their own way, and of course, there is a wealth of ambiance underneath it all as well. It's not so much the kind of pop album you put on to dance to at a party, per se. Another Day on Earth is the kind of album you'd put on on a nice summer day to sit down and enjoy a cigarette to (or a nice glass of tropical juice, if you're not a smoker).

Another Day on Earth is one of those somber, reflective albums that touches heavily on the human condition. "Just Another Day" is perhaps the most lyrically obvious of the bunch ("One day we will put it all behind/ we'll say that was just another time/ we'll say that was just another day on earth"). Yet as simple and seemingly obvious as these lyrics are, they are sung in a way that can give you chills, and you can rest assured that the other songs follow suit. It might appear at the first few listens that this is Just Another Eno Pop Album, in that same pseudo-depressing manner as "Just Another Day," and I can understand when it might be thought of as inferior for this reason. However, it is, like so many other pop albums, the kind of thing that grows on you and ferments into an incredible entity.

1. This
2. And Then So Clear
3. A Long Way Down
4. Going Unconscious
5. Caught Between
6. Passing Over
7. How Many Worlds
8. Bottomliners
9. Just Another Day
10. Under
11. Bone Bomb

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