Another Day on Earth
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|Another Day on Earth|
|Studio album by Brian Eno|
|Released||13 June 2005 (UK, Europe)
14 June 2005 (US)
|Studio||Brian Eno's Wilderness Studio,
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK
|Brian Eno chronology|
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
This is the first Eno album to chiefly contain vocals in more than two decades. Speaking of the album, Eno said, "The first one I've done like that for a very long time...25 years or so". In addition, he explained his current thoughts on lyrics in music; "Song-writing is now actually the most difficult challenge in music," he confessed.
|“||It's very easy to make music now but lyrics are really the last very hard problem in music. What I think lyrics have to do is engage a certain part of your brain in a sort of search activity so your brain wants to say, 'Here are some provocative clues as to what this song might be about'.||”|
Eno recorded and mixed most of the album on a Mac, using Logic, over a period of four years. He also engineered it himself, "because otherwise I would have had to spend six years in a commercial studio and pay staff, and that would have become too expensive".
"Bottomliners" and "Under" were first worked on about six years previously, on a DA88, the latter songs' drumming being supplied by Willie Green. On the former, and on the ballad "And Then So Clear" he pitch-shifted his voice up an octave, using the gender-changing function on a Digitech Pro Vocalist creating a vocoder-like effect. His studio features a selection of hardware including a Lexicon Jam Man loop sampler and an Eventide H3000 Harmonizer.
The album is actually built around the "And Then So Clear" song. He says "... In one day, actually, I pretty much finished it ... I liked it so much, and I thought, how I am going release this song, and I thought, I have to write some others."
On the title track he repeatedly cut up the main phrase, so that "the listener had little windows on it." Similar "cut-up" methodologies were used for the lyrics of "This," in that he used his computer to generate some of the words.
"Under" is a nearly-identical version of a song that was on the unreleased 1991 album My Squelchy Life, which was released in 2014 as a bonus disc with a reissue of Eno's 1992 Nerve Net.
For the ambientesque "A Long Way Down" Eno manually synchronised his vocals with an out of time keyboard melody, and on "Going Unconscious" he went back to using Koan generative music software for the textural background.
The distinctions between songs and instrumentals which contain vocals are deliberately blurred, particularly on the track "How Many Worlds": "There's just enough voice in there to make you hear it as a song, making it a bluff, a deceit."
The final track on the album, "Bone Bomb", was inspired by a newspaper story about a Palestinian girl who becomes a suicide bomber. The title refers to a point made by an Israeli doctor that when a suicide bomber detonates, the bomber's bones become shrapnel, adding to the destruction.
All songs written and composed by Brian Eno, except where noted.
- "This" – 3:33
- "And Then So Clear" – 5:49
- "A Long Way Down" – 2:40
- "Going Unconscious" – 4:22
- "Caught Between" (co-lyrics by Danny Hillis and Eck Ogilvie-Grant) – 4:25
- "Passing Over" – 4:25
- "How Many Worlds" (co-lyrics by Michel Faber) – 4:47
- "Bottomliners" – 3:59
- "Just Another Day" (additional music composed by Peter Schwalm) – 4:21
- "Under" – 5:19
- "Bone Bomb" – 3:09
- "The Demon of the Mines" (Japan only bonus track) – 4:40
track 7 published by Opal Music, London (PRS) [in N. America & Canada by Upala Music Inc (BMI)], 2005.
tracks 8 & 9 published by Opal Music, London (PRS) [in N. America & Canada by Upala Music Inc (BMI)] and Editions Outshine / BMG-UFA, 2005.
Brian Eno appears courtesy of Opal Ltd.
- Vocals, multiple instruments – Brian Eno
- Keyboards – Jon Hopkins
- Guitar – Leo Abrahams, Steve Jones
- Violin – Duchess Nell Catchpole
- Piano, Synthesizer – Peter Schwalm
- Drums – Willie Green, Peter Schwalm
- Loops – Brad Laner, Brian Eno, Peter Schwalm
- Effects [Occasional Signals] – Dino
- Effects [Splutters] – Barry Andrews
- Spoken vocals – Inge Zalaliene (track 4), Aylie Cooke (track 11)
- Mastering – Simon Heyworth
- Artwork by [Design & Layout] – Sarah Vermeersch
- Photography [Back] – Qin Siyuan
- Photography [Front], Artwork By [Cover Design] – Brian Eno
In popular culture
- The 2005 psychological thriller The Jacket features excerpts from "Going Unconscious", and an alternative mix of "The Demon of the Mines" (from the Japanese edition).
- A slightly longer version of "And Then So Clear" was played on Echoes (syndicated on US NRI stations) in November and December 2003.
- Marianne Faithfull covered "How Many Worlds" on her 2008 album Easy Come, Easy Go.
- The album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.
|2005||USA Top Electronic Albums||#13|
|2005||USA Top Independent Albums||#33|
- [A] cosmos-goosing masterwork. [Jul 2005, p.104]
- In a pop world where everything feels amped up, who could have imagined that this once-chilly music could sound so comforting. [17 June 2005, p.79]
- Mojo (Publisher) (Jul 2005, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Woozy, hypnotic and human, this is perhaps Eno's most personal record to date..."
- Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth < PopMatters
- "Eno's Evolution". St. Petersburg Times. 2005-06-03. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- Discogs - Another Day On Earth Digipak, Europe
- Discogs - Another Day On Earth Digipak repress, Europe
- Discogs - Opal Records