"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut OCTOBER 2005 - by Stephen Dalton
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO: THE PEARL
New airing for ambient emperor's exquisitely tailored clothes.
First released in 1984, The Pearl is widely considered an ambient landmark. All slo-mo pianos and serene nocturnal hush, it's undoubtedly lovely, but rather languidly and pointlessly so. Eno's best work arises when stretching and subverting collaborators who inhabit more populist, unyielding terrain - from Ferry to Bowie to U2. By contrast, his partnership with avant-minimalist Budd produces an overly tasteful abstraction that eventually proves tedious. Sporadically mesmerising but largely decorative, The Pearl is the musical equivalent of a lava lamp.