A wonderous journey through ever-changing aural landscapes
Michael J. Price | Butler County, Ohio | 12/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I am a huge Eno fan. From the first two Roxy Music albums, through his 70's "rock output", finally to his ambient work. I have an older cd without any re-mastering or 'incomplete tracks'. The sonic quality is superb. This is his 3rd solo album and one of my favorites in my entire collection(700 plus cd's). Eno really went down the experimental road on this one. Even more than his previous two. A few of the tracks contain vocals, and Eno does posess a fine voice. Alot of this record is short "musical statements" formed with a wide variety of instruments. He will build up a theme and let it play out for awhile, then fade it, and on to the next creation. Also a couple of more "standard" type songs. Then also some oddball stuff that maybe non-fans would really hate(I've read the reviews that call this garbage). To each his/her own, but I still am on the verge of goosebumps when I listen to any track on AGW, even after hundreds of listening 'sessions'. This is really an album to play from start to finish as it takes you on a pleasant musical journey. A little edgy, somewhat unsettling toward the beginning(in a good way), then some great fun along the way. Throw in a few top-notch Robert Fripp guitar solos, and it ends with 'Spirits Drifting' which I consider to be one of the most beautiful, reflective, kinda melacholy maybe, pieces of music I have ever heard. Puts me in a mood not unlike 'On Some Faraway Beach'.
I know I've rambled here, but I truly LOVE this album. We all have opinions, and mine would be that if you are unsure, go for it with this one. In all honesty, if I was on that proverbial desert island and could only have 10 cd's with me for eternity, this is without a doubt one of them. Thank you for taking your time to read what is only, my opinion."