Eno
Music

Eno

As a non-musician, Eno is good at thinking outside the box. He strives for beauty, and takes himself lightly. He is also open to chance. What a guy. Occasionally, though, these traits are hard to hear. Witness My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981), his flat collab with David Byrne, or parts of the Ambient series from 1978 … Continue reading

Sunflower
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Sunflower

Yes, I shelled out for The Smile Sessions (2011). And I rate it as highly as I do the 2004 version. Here’s the rub: Like Sgt. Pepper, that other beast from the summer of love, Smile (1966-67) is a bit precious. It works, in part, because it’s unfinished. The roughness fascinates. In his quest to best himself and his musical … Continue reading

Love Gun
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Love Gun

Black bubblegum. What KISS lack in musical chops (the lyrics are unironically stoopid and the riffs are lousy), they more than make up for in terms of chutzpah. Fans of white blooze, they invented themselves out of parts they love. And they love their fans, too: Even on record, these guys play to the nosebleeds, … Continue reading