When Brian Eno’s “Another Day on Earth” came out in 2005, I thought it was one of the worst vocal albums of his career.
I could not have been more wrong; it’s just that this disc takes a lot of spins to hit you.
Part of my resistance was that some of the songs seem to be mere sketches; the lyrics of “Just Another Day” consist of just a few lines, for example. But even sketches can be brilliant.
Eno’s vocal excursions here – and I’m talking about his performances as well as the electronic treatments he came up with to alter their sound – are pretty amazing, especially in the guttural bridge on “Passing Over,” the choral feel of “Bottomliners” and the swirling, flanged explorations of “Just Another Day.”
No geek should be without this record.