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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00KLSSKA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Return (09.00)
2. DBF (04.14)
3. Time To Waste It (08.19)
4. Lilac (09.24)
5. Moulded Life (04.55)
6. Cells & Bells (07.41)

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The overall effect is addictive....Rolling Stone --Rolling Stone

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Within weeks of the release of their acclaimed debut album
Someday World, Warp is excited to reveal that the collaboration
between Brian Eno and Karl Hyde continues with a
second full-length album, High Life, to be released July
1st.
Written and recorded across a series of recording sessions
in April of 2014 (some of which were open to selected
media from around the world), none of the music on High
Life existed before Someday World was completed! The
resulting record, at 6 tracks and 45 minutes, is the clearest
expression yet of the 'Reichkuti' (Steve Reich meets Fela
Kuti) direction that first brought the Eno Hyde collaboration
into being. And as the polyrhythms and melodies build, swirl
and syncopate, the album feels truly alive with the energy of
this time in the studio.
High Life reunites Eno and Hyde with the 20 year old
producer/multi-instrumentalist Fred Gibson, previous
Eno-collaborator Leo Abrahams on guitar, drummer Chris
Vatalaro, and keyboardist Don E. Taken alongside Someday
World, it provides a fascinating insight in to how consistent
influences can lead to very different but connected music, and
continues to tell the story of two iconic musicians collaborating
and exploring together. We look forward to seeing how fans
select their own favorites across the two albums.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on July 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
On the heels of Someday World, comes High Life, what Brian Eno described as further material inspired during the former's work sessions. Of the two new releases, this one is superior. Not that Someday World was anything less than 5 stars itself, the material on this album goes beyond "just another Brian Eno release" with its longer pieces, giving time to develop into some pretty rousing musical moments. Eno's vocal work here is as good as it gets while the music would stand on its own if these tracks were presented as instrumentals. Additionally, this album features Karl Hyde's contributions to far greater advantage with some excellent ascending guitar work not as obvious on Someday World.

Another plus is that unlike Someday World, there is no "deluxe" edition where the cost is twice as high for a so-called bonus disc. The 1/4 hour bonus disc for that album, in tandem with 3/4 hour regular disc totaled to less than an hour. Seems like Mr. Eno inflates prices with this "1 album for the price of 2" tactic frequently these days. Consider one his best releases of the past decade, "Small Craft On A Milk Sea" ...a particularly onerous example where one had to spend a 3-digit figure for the 4 bonus track CD only available if you purchased the vinyl edition! What if I don't have a turntable? Why must I buy records to get a bonus compact disc? The vinyl version of High Life also has a track not found anywhere else, On A Grey Day. So again, how many times must I buy this title in how many different formats to get the entire, under one hour album? Answer: 3 (the CD, the MP3 download or the expensive Japanese import, and the vinyl version). Ugh!

As always, the Japanese version of High Life has a literal bonus track: Slow Down, Sit Down And Breathe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D Cooper on July 13, 2014
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This is the second collaboration between these two this year. I reviewed their first album last week and heard a track of this on NPR ASC and decided from that listen that this was something I would buy. This first album was more rock with shorter tighter compositions, whereas this album is a bit more funk inspired with longer, vampy songs. There are some really great guitar licks and melodies on this album. Some of the tracks (DBF) remind me of the talking heads, jangly stabby guitar lines, with long sprawling jams. It is so much fun to hear these experimental tracks. They have an almost rock electronic ambient sound that I think works really well. There are some vocals on this album but they too play a secondary role and are used just as another instrument in creating these long tunes. Moulded Life comes out of the album grabbing straight for your jugular, it is abrasive, loud, heavy, and a joy to listen to. They know how to create and nurture a great groove. This is a great companion album to their first one. This album hits so many things that I enjoy: Ambient, electronic, rock, funk.
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I like half of this album, the other half I find difficult to listen to repeatedly.
Back in the day, I was a big fan of Hyde's work with Freur and Underworld (version 1) and enjoyed both his first solo album and the previous Eno/Hyde album, Someday World.
This is does not come over as a "left-overs" or out-takes album and it is certainly a very different affair than Someday World. Where that was short and poppy, this is drawn out and darker in nature. There is none of Hydes' signature vocals this time round. The less jarring parts of this album are reminscent of Eno's work with James on the album Wah-Wah or Talking Heads. Cells and Bells reminds me in a weird way of The Cocteau Twins. For me, Lilac is the stand-out track complete with a completely bonkers lyric from Eno.
It won't win prizes for me, but I admire these two artists ability to release two completely different albums back to back.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Godsil on July 13, 2014
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Eno is going through a great creative and collaborative point in his life right now. This CD is wonderful ~ reminds me of what I always wanted Robert Fripp to create with Eno. As beautiful as the David Byrne - Brain Eno collaborations!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Marc Wickert on July 1, 2014
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This album could have been recorded in Pieter Bruegel’s Belgian basement. Even the title High Life seems reminiscent of Bruegel’s Flemish black humour, and the High Life CD would make perfect audio accompaniment for viewing The Triumph of Death.
High Life was released June 30 – less than two months after Eno • Hyde’s first collaborative album Someday World (May 5), and an excited Eno explained the reason for following up their first successful offering so swiftly.
“When 'Someday World' was finished I felt like we were still on a roll and I wasn't ready to stop working and get into 'promotional mode' for that record. So I suggested we immediately start on another album, a different one, where we extended some of the ideas we'd started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn't." – Brian Eno.
Despite the quick follow up, only two support personnel are common on the recordings: Fred Gibson and Marianna Champion. Interestingly, the man who introduced Brian Eno to Roxy Music all those years ago, Andy Mackay, plays alto sax on the first Eno • Hyde album.
Whilst there is an extra track included on the digital release of High Life, entitled Slow Down, Sit Down & Breathe, and yet another addition on the LP version entitled On A Grey Day, below is a review of the standard listing.
RETURN (9:0)
Starts out like a single, barbed-wire strung banjo, then the sombre voices, a la Bowie/Eno’s Low, enter with a Warsaw mood, before bass and percussion ‘polyrhythms’ ease you into the mood like a gentle poltergeist. Eno and Hyde worked brilliantly on Someday World, but this takes you much deeper.
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