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Roger Eno — Fragile (Music)
(Burning Shed bshed 0905, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2007-03-01

Fragile (Music) Cover artFor those of you still unfamiliar with the brother of Brian Eno, Roger is a composer, arranger and performer who has displayed a wide array of capable skills, whether in the classic realm, techno or even live improvisation. Fragile (Music) finds the composer in a somber mood delivering thirteen piano-based songs that evoke moody and mysterious settings. Many of the pieces imply seasonal changes (“Somewhere Else,” “Distance,” “Still”) while others are less easily categorized but also provide clues on a purposeful journey. The liner notes suggest Eno was suffering through a bad patch in 2003, which these calming tracks suggest. “Lines and Points” begins with a familiar tranquil tone with sparse whole notes laying and a comfortable chordal bed. Songs such as the title track and “Falling Apart” are slightly more captivating with a more distant, oblique melody line which is as engaging as it is unsettling. Easy comparisons overall can be made with the piano based recordings by Brian and Harold Budd such as The Plateaux of Mirror though the atmosphere is somewhat less heavy in these recordings. The closing song “Angling” offers a minor resolution for the airy set of recordings with perhaps the most memorable melody lines on the disc. In summary, the composer has a clear handle on how best to impart tranquil audio scenery which engages the listener on multiple levels.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

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