Brian Eno: Before and After Science

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Before and After ScienceAfter hearing his typically odd fifth studio release, Eno neophytes will not be surprised to learn that he once owned 31 tape recorders, that he has worked with Bowie, John Cale and Roxy Music and that he prefers to call his tracks “programs.” At any rate, he is one of rock’s most idiosyncratic figures; and this album, which runs the gamut from abstruse electronics to a quote from Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash,” takes a bit of getting used to. In fact, I’m still  not totally acclimated to the deliberate starkness and coolness of Eno’s aural landscapes, but I am coming around. If you like Bowie’s Low and works of that ilk, you’ll probably like this too.

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