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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Guardian NOVEMBER 11, 2010 - by Dave Simpson
BRIAN ENO: SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Eno's pioneering seems to be more in installations and iPad applications than music these days. Where 2005's Another Day On Earth harked back to his 1970s song-oriented albums, his twenty-fifth solo offering is closer to his "ambient music". The likes of Emerald And Lime and the similarly named Emerald And Stone are trademark Eno, and lovely: music as thought-provoking, soothing balm. However, his first for Warp - improvised with electronic musicians Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams - nods to his new home by adding rhythms in a more sinister, aggressive way than 1992's Nerve Net: rumbling undercurrents and echoing bells. Horse, all jagged sounds and eerie ticking noises, is a sort of horror glitch. That's about as forward-looking as Small Craft On A Milk Sea gets, but this isn't a bad thing. It's eyebrow-raising but thrilling to find 2 Forms Of Anger revisiting the urgent punk he explored with 1974's Third Uncle, complete with ambient-unfriendly electric guitars.