Brian Eno – The Ship

brian eno the shipFor over forty years this guy has been toting the line for minimalist music. Less is more according to Brian Eno. His musical arrangements have been used as ambient support for the emotions/tone/lyrics. It is even truer on his latest album, The Ship. Using his voice to tell a complete tale he has constructed something akin to a storybook or novel. Using seemingly disjointed bits about the sinking of the Titanic, excerpts from his own emails and World War I, Eno has produced a work that rather than forces you to think has been constructed with aim of making the listener feel things. The sound is captivating at times. You will get lost in it. This is the work of someone who is intent on bringing out the art out of the medium of music. Just when you think you have got it all figured out he goes and changes it all up on the last track of the album by covering Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free”. It swells into an almost gospel sound and makes you wonder if Brian Eno was having an epiphany about being saved by music.

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