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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Mojo DECEMBER 2012 - by Mike Barnes
BRIAN ENO: LUX
A return to the outer limits of ambient from the man who coined the term.
Eno's song-based music has become rather mid-paced of late, but with Lux he reminds us that he still excels at no-pace, for this is seventy-five minutes of pure ambience. Warp proclaim that this is his most ambitious work to date, but although it's his longest, it's arguably his least ambitious. And that's not being pejorative, but its combination of lazy, gauzy, synthetic background, gently noodling keyboards and bright, heavily reverbed piano notes that hang in the foreground show no progression whatsoever from single composition albums such as Neroli or Thursday Afternoon. In fact, Lux could just as easily gone on slowly morphing for hours or even days. On its own terms it's a beautiful piece, but those who don't like this side of Eno will do well to avoid it. Meanwhile, those who do will know exactly what to expect.