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.”