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  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B0009HL7JM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This
2. And Then So Clear
3. A Long Way Down
4. Going Unconscious
5. Caught Between
6. Passing Over
7. How Many Worlds
8. Bottomliners
9. Just Another Day
10. Under
11. Bone Bomb

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11 songs mostly written and recorded over a period of four years, this album is a unique combination of words and soundscapes by one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. Hannibal. 2005.

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Another Day on Earth is an ambient song cycle that is full of yearning and a mood that Brian Eno has called "brave and resigned." Even in song, Eno is a master of ambience, creating detailed soundworlds and lyrics that don't so much make sense as create a feeling. It's taken him 15 years to create a new vocal album, and the songs span that time, with the welcome reprise of "Under," a devastatingly beautiful hymn of loss and redemption that dates back to 1991's aborted, unreleased My Squelchy Life album. It's turned up before on the Cool World soundtrack and Eno Box II: Vocals. Joining "Under" as one of Eno's most sublime songs is "And Then So Clear," a paean of wasted longing and hope with its cycling rhythm, ethereal guitars, and pitch-shifted vocal harmonies. You can hear Eno's love of gospel music on "This" and "Bottomliners," and can almost picture them in a particularly pensive Baptist church with his double-tracked vocals emulating a solemn choir. But it's not all minor-key reflection. Eno also unleashes a couple of fractured tunes, like "Bonebomb," which is from a project in which he mutated the meter of poets reciting their works. Another Day on Earth is a more personal album from the ambient avatar, a recording of rare and meticulous maturity. --John Diliberto

Eno in Song: Performer and Producer


For Your Pleasure
, Roxy Music

Here Come the Warm Jets

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Remain in Light
, Talking Heads

Heroes
, David Bowie

The Joshua Tree, U2

Customer Reviews

And there is just a heartbreaking beauty about the music he creates.
o dubhthaigh
I hope this review will help some who are hesitant to buy this album.
Tim Hornak
This one's is just like everything the man does: as good as it gets!!
Blackhawk

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
How long has it been since he recorded with John Cale. 15 years, maybe? Eno's vocals are still haunting, his production remains forceful and organic. This is much better than a lot of the early reviews. The disc is inconsistent only in that he is throwing together a lot of different ambiant constructs. While a lot of folk are hoping for another Taking of Tiger Mountain, this really has a lot of Thursday Afternoon disassociation flowing through it. The fact that it's not for everybody only endears it more to his admirers. Don't kid yourself, this is one of the last giants doing what he does best.
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94 of 111 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First, I can understand Spike's issue with Eno's music. If you're not into ambient, this will kill you. But it's like Diana Krall for me - I just can't stand that soporofic bore, and I'M FROM CANADA!

Now, on to the disc at hand....

"This" is simply the best kick off song on a CD since "Come Together" opened ABBEY ROAD. It is thematically akin to what Eno did on his collaboration with John Cale, and would fit right in with "Spinning Away." It's beyond clever and absolutely perfect even to the way it deconstructs at the end. From there, clearly his most recent effort with Fripp, the haunting EQUATORIAL STARS, certainly has had an impact on the ambient moods he creates throughout this disc. It is in so many ways a reflection of how exhausted with the travail of living another day on earth can be, and yet there is something that just refuses to cave in, for all the existential weight.

"Bottomliners" will haunt you long after its conclusion, and seems almost to be the twin of "Bone Bomb", whose sudden ending is as profound a statement on death as you'll ever get. "Caught Between" resonates with an intensity of a life lived with eyes and sensibilities finely attuned. "Under" is more effectively presented than in its 1991 life.

Most reviews mention the hymn-like quality of the songs. They are indeed spiritual statements and certainly not pop songs. Given the comparative wealth of information among his credits - quite a rare thing - this must be, without giving away too much, as personal a statement of his life at this point as he's ever made. Fripp and Bowie, his daughters, key people in his career are given thanks. There is obviously something going on that he wanted to say. And in ways what he wanted to say is what remains left unsaid. He unsays it poetically.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex Tiuniaev on February 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I must say that I'm not a huge fan of Eno's earlier non-ambient albums like Before and After Science or Another Green World. I still think that his best work is Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks. And of course, the gorgeous ambient series...

But Another Day on Earth takes the best from both worlds. It has enough songs to satisfy his old pop/art-rock fans and enough space and atmosphere for ambient listeners (like me). The material is of highest quality and supreme maturity. Highly recommended.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on June 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thank God for Brian Eno. He has wrung extraordinary music from some of the most talented but middle of the road bands ( U2 and Talking Heads fans will take me to task for that, but I really believe he brings out the best from those two bands in particular.) He WAS the MUSIC in Roxy Music, before he was ditched by the insecure and jealous Brian Ferry. He pioneered the use of ambient sound in pop music. And now he has managed nothing short of the comeback of the year with this album. Another Day on Earth reportedly was 15 years in the making, but the tracks flow effortlessly and you would never know that one song here ( the beautiful "Under" ) was featured over ten years ago on an otherwise abysmal soundtrack album called "Cool World". There are touches of his ambient work. There are instantly and ridiculously catchy pop songs. There are stunning rhythmic instrumental dirges. Words that immediately come to mind while listening to this album: haunting, soothing, inspiring, unforgetable. Hands down this is his finest, most consistant vocal album since the landmark Another Green World. In a perfect world everyone would know who Brian Eno is, and everyone would have the priviledge to experience his music. This is sophisticated ( but not pretentious ) adult pop music. Old fans will be pleasantly surprised. New fans and the curious will be rewarded.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blobby on June 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are stuck in the past or only want to give this album a quick listen before passing judgment, then it's not for you. But if you are open to new things and give this album some time I think you'll find a jewel.

I was skeptical on my first listening but as I listened more I found much beauty and depth that wasn't at first apparent. The old Eno is here; the poet of the obscure, the thinking musician, but with a new palette. Perhaps at first a jarring one to those of us raised on the 70s Eno. But if you open yourself up to it, you can find the same rewards as in the 70s masterpieces.

There are plenty of musicians who are happy to be pale imitations of their former glory. Luckily, Eno isn't one of them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Casey on January 14, 2006
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Mark Isham wrote some devastatingly emotional music for the film "Crash" (and others of course); Daniel Lanois checks in now and then with some etheral and stunning musical stories; German based ECM with Keith Jarrett, Oregon, Terje Rypdal, et.al, merge beautiful artwork with aurally exquisite sound; Bill Frisell, ah...what can I say about this man who describes your life with his fretwork! And then, well, AND THEN, Brian Eno creates a new work with the toss-off title "Another Day On Earth." Yeah, ok. But NO CONTEST my friends. One listen and this reaffirms why this complete, total, and absolute musical genius rules and sets the standard for others. As long as Brian chooses to create his music, there will only be followers. Thank you Mr. Eno.
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