Brian Eno – By This River

• “By This River” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to WKaliberr.

7.9 “Great Slowcore from England”

From his album “Before and After Science” (Polydor 2302-071) released in 1977.

My album review:

He’s made it there or thereabouts into my Top 30 album chart 3 out of the last 4 years, so he must be doing something right. As seems to be on trend, the album has two distinct halves, split between the uptempo cerebral pop of side 1 and the more contemplative slowcore of side 2. On the former, Eno stands alongside Talking Heads this year at the forefront of what will become the new romantic era of the early 80s, and you can easily hear the roots of Japan, Heaven 17, Spandau Ballet and all that lot. The first side is generally the more engaging, with fine tracks such as “No One Receiving”, “Backwater” and “Energy Fools the Magician” especially standing out. My favourite track is from the low-key side 2 though – “By This River”, which finds Eno in collaboration with the Berlin duo, Cluster, with whom he had delivered a full collaboration LP just a few months earlier. The trio of Eno, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius sound magical together – I shall need to check out their previous LP methinks. Somewhat thoughtfully, Brian hums the 4th verse allowing you space to add your own lyrics. How chilled is this guy?

You can read all of my favoured album reviews from ’77 here.

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