Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 Soundtrack
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With Original Soundtracks 1, a collection of 14 compositions for imagined movies (and one performance piece), U2 accentuate the visual sense. Eno, who's done this sort of thing for decades, plays a defining role. Tracks like "United Colours" and "One Minute Warning," with their electronic pulsations and organic atmospherics, clearly fall onto his ambient/techno terrain. Even tracks more recognizably the band's are enriched by collaboration: The hilarious "Elvis Ate America" is even more absurd with Howie B's scratching and vocal calls, and the touching "Miss Sarajevo" is made infinitely more profound by Luciano Pavarotti's tenor. Passengers is more likely an inspired tangent than an indication of U2's direction, but it adds to the band's impressive--and constantly progressive--body of work. --Roni Sarig
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I enjoy all of U2's other albums but this one really moves me more than any of the others. Its music is more cerebral and experimental than the rest. Want to hear Brian Eno singing, Bono playing the piano, Edge singing and playing the organ, and Adam Clayton narrating? Then you want this album. I can understand not issuing this album as a "U2" album. If they had released it just like an ordinary album then many U2 fans would have been angry/confused by what they heard.
I like to think of U2 as an artistic band, especially as a counter balance to their popular face. I'm sure Eno had a strong influence over this album but I'm also confident that U2's members contributed a great deal of material. This album combined with the DVD "Classic Albums - U2: The Joshua Tree" gives you a very different picture of U2 than might come across while listening to their pop corpus. More than any of their B-Sides, this album is major departure from what one would expect from U2.
All that said, many people that like U2 would probably dislike this album, however if you own all their other albums you should really add this one to your collection.
Here is an album that's almost like electronic jazz, perfect for a quiet Friday night with a glass of wine and no lights on. The tracks were fashioned around scenes for movies that do not exist, truly one of the more original album concepts of the last ten years.
You can hear Edge's guitar throughout "OS1," as well as Bono's voice, Larry's drums and Adam's guitar. But these elements are in the service of something distinctly different, the sounds of a futuristic city coming to life in a gently erotic sort of way. If that sounds esoteric and a little weird, well, that's "OS1."
The best track is without a doubt "Always Forever Now," which builds incessantly around a throbbing bassline, propelled forward into the night by Larry's amazing drumwork. This is a beautiful song, the lyrics consisting only of Bono's spoken word mantra.
"Miss Sarajevo" is also on the album, but it's eclipsed by the sci-fi erotica of "Your Blue Room," the strangely aquatic "Slug," Bono's piano figure on "Beach Sequence," Edge's ghostly vocals on "Corpse," and Eno's bizzare electronic vocals on "A Different Kind of Blue." The strangest song, without doubt, is "Elvis Ate America," a rap spoken by Bono that picks up where "Elvis Presley and America" left off on The Unforgettable Song (and surpasses it).
"OS1" isn't for everyone.Read more ›
Passengers should not be filed under Eno, nor should it be filed under U2. This one-off should be considered a new creation.
Yes, it is related to other Eno solo work - "On Some Faraway Beach," Before and After Science, Apollo, etc., etc., etc. - but Bono's vocals on this album add a new element to the Eno mix. Bono isn't singing anthem rock, or even the softer material that he's performed on other U2 albums. His voice works well with the soundscape-like material that predominates on this album.
P.S. That Pavarotti guy is a good singer too...
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