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4.0 out of 5 stars Landmark album, June 20, 2001
This review is from: Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Audio CD)
Recorded during Brian Eno's apparent spacey phase -- he also provided the soundtrack for David Lynch's 'Dune' movie -- this is, I feel, his finest. Less quirky than 'Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy' and less glitzy than Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure', this album formed the soundtrack for Al Reinert's 'For All Mankind'.
It is a fantastic documentary because it was one of the first to provide to the general public the brilliantly clear footage of the view from space. Until then, the public had seen only the blurred live action beamed down at the time of each Apollo mission. Eno's soundtrack wonderfully accentuates the film. You have to see it.
At one point, an astronaut recalls how he would look out the porthole of the spacecraft while listening to country and western music. This provides the cue for the twanging guitar of Eno's co-producer Daniel Lanois to generate the C&W themes that occur about two-thirds of the way through this soundtrack album.
Most synthesizer players have at some point in their careers created their sonic interpretation of space. I feel Eno's is the best, perhaps because he doesn't use drums or arpeggiated rhythms. Eno creates a few thin layers of synthesized wash, underpinned by a trembling, faltering organ sound. Each tune evolves, giving little or no clue as to when it will end. It is brilliant, highly visual music, best enjoyed in solitude in the late evening.
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