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Wrong Way Up


4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Audio CD, August 30, 2005

Editorial Reviews

Brian Eno and John Cale first collaborated when Eno produced Cale's Words For The Dying, an album that features orchestral settings of Dylan Thomas poems, solo piano pieces, and one quasi-pop song, 'The Soul of Carmen Miranda'. The pair enjoyed that last track so much that Eno ended his 12-year sabbatical from song-based music and, with Cale, quickly wrote and recorded this excellent album of intelligent yet heartfelt pop songs. Unlike most of Eno's collaborations, his ideas don't dominate Wrong Way Up. Vocals and lyrics are split about evenly between Eno and Cale, as exemplified by the hypnotic 'One Word', which features both men simultaneously singing two entirely different sets of lyrics. Two Cale songs are the twin centerpieces, the ominous 'Cordoba' and the surprising and wonderful sing-along 'Been There, Done That', but the album ends with a skeletal Eno masterwork, 'The River' which makes one wish he'd returned to pop music earlier. Quite poppy for the two and very enjoyable, this 2005 reissue was originally released in 1990 & features 12 total tracks including the 2 bonus tracks 'Grandfather's House' & 'You Don't Miss Your Water'. Rykodisc.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lay My Love
  2. One Word
  3. In The Backroom
  4. Empty Frame
  5. Cordoba
  6. Spinning Away
  7. Footsteps
  8. Been There Done That
  9. Crime In The Desert
  10. The River
  11. Grandfather's House*
  12. You Don't Miss Your Water*

Product details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: All Saints
  • ASIN: B000A3MHWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,022 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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