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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

BRIAN ENO + DAVID BYRNE

Nonesuch

Made mostly in 1979 BS (before samplers), Bush of Ghosts was something of a watershed project in that it gave the tape-looping infatuation of avant-gardists a pop currency. Eno and Byrne recorded "found vocals" — passionate black preachers, radio talk show hosts, Arabic singers and the like — and mixed them real-time over the African-influenced tracks they had cobbled together in the studio. A quarter century later, Ghosts resonates more as a cross-cultural arts accomplishment than as completely compelling music. The rhythm tracks come off as a tad stiff, especially when compared to the Talking Heads' triumphant Remain In Light, which was inspired to a great degree by the Eno/Byrne collaboration. The album, recently reissued on Nonesuch, includes a few outtakes.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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