Brian Eno's Lux

 

Brian Eno
Lux
Warp Records
Producer: 
Brian Eno
Score: 8 out of 10

By Daniel Siwek

How does one determine a successful ambient album when it’s not measured by incredible hooks, infectious choruses or engaging lyrics? Ambient music has the sometimes impossible task of moving you mostly just by letting you be. And yet, it can’t do nothing, because then you feel as if you’re hearing nothing; and that can’t be good, can it? Can it? What if it were the nothing, between the reverb on the tenderly massaged piano and the soft voice of a stringed-synth, that moved you? Simultaneous movement and still life. This is why Brian Eno has had a venerable history providing music for installations, be they in airports, art galleries, and so on. This is why Lux is his best “ambient” work in years.

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