Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Brian Eno – 2 Forms of AngerDecember 1, 2010
Eno’s back! And he’s brought a guitar! (!!) And a welcome sense of brevity!
(Note: When I say Eno is back, I don’t meant that he ever really went away completely. He didn’t. He spent several years hanging around with Bowie and U2 at various airports when not otherwise expressing his displeasure with the rest of the musical world, especially Bryan Ferry’s unwillingness to shut down Roxy Music after Eno’s departure.)
No, when I say Eno’s back, I mean that he’s gone back to his roots, specifically his solo debut Here Come Warm Jets, which covered a lot of stylistic ground without feeling the need to run every track into the double digits or fade it into the background completely.
There’s a certain am0unt of edge to it as well, sort of like when the Orb expressed its disgust with the stagnation of the ambient house movement with the release of Orbvs Terrvm. However, instead of the “grumpy old men pissing on their fans” dischordance, Eno delivers the healthy sounds of an elder statesman, gleefully pissing on genre conventions.