Album review: Lux - Brian Eno

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2012
Lux - Brian Eno
Lux - Brian Eno

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LUX
Brain Eno
(Border)

Brian Eno's first solo album in seven years is a return to the pioneering ambient soundscapes he crafted on his own Obscure label in 1975 with Discreet Music and later build on with the Ambient Music series and refined with Another Day and Neroli.

The four long pieces on Lux (all 18 minutes plus) are minimalistic textured notes and repetitive patterns where the resonance is as much in the space inbetween as the music itself.

The effect is to intended to induce an elevator/elevated state of contemplation or thoughtfulness of a time and place, which, in this case includes The Great Gallery of the palace of Verdana in Turin, Italy.

Lux shimmers and expands, is at times a little too pretty for its own good, but is still Eno-ishly unique in its capacity to draw one's attention to the boundaries between attention and distraction.

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