November 12, 2010
Album Review: Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea (Warp)
A polished and assured return to solo recording, it's clear Eno's still got it
7 / 10
Once as renowned for his adventurous tastes in porn as for his constantly groundbreaking music, Brian Eno makes an unlikely elder statesman, but it’s a role he’s filling with aplomb these days. ‘Small Craft On A Milk Sea’ is a polished and assured return to solo recording – entirely instrumental and pretty much entirely electronic, it recalls Eno’s ’70s ambient work, although the serenity is broken up by glitch-influenced pieces that suggest he’s been paying attention to his new label’s back catalogue. Throughout, the production is intricate enough to demand repeated listening, especially on a decent pair of headphones. After all these years, he’s still got it.
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