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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts CD (2006)

Artist: Brian Eno

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Both Brian Eno and David Byrne had, for a number of years, been interested in non-Western music styles, particularly those of sub-Saharan African of the Arabic cultural sphere; In the Talking Heads/Eno records, such influences function implicitly, but on the album My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts they became explicit.

Over Rhythmic and harmonic backing tracks, played by Eno, Byrne and eleven other musicians, Eno and Byrne superimposed taped voices from a variety of sources. 'It's almost collage music, like grafting a piece of one culture onto a piece of another onto a piece of another, and trying to make them work as a coherent musical idea, and also trying to make something you can dance to' mentioned Eno."

The title of the album is inspired by Amos Tutuola's novel with the same title.


Label Nonesuch
SKU 202234528
UPC 075597989427
UPC 14 00075597989427
Format CD
Release Date 4/11/2006
Author Brian Eno
Featuring Brian Eno
Featuring David Byrne
Artist Bio
Brian Eno & David ByrneKnown as the force behind The Talking Heads and later as creator of the highly-regarded record-label Luaka Bop, David Byrne also works as a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has been publishing and exhibiting visual art for more than a decade. Recent works include the release of Grown Backwards, Byrne?s debut for Nonesuch Records, EEEI - Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information (Steidl Publishing & Pace/McGill Gallery), the Lead Us Not into Temptation CD from the film Young Adam, and the Talking Heads box set.Ambient pioneer, glam-rocker, hit producer, multi-media artist, technological innovator, worldbeat proponent and self-described non-musician, Brian Eno started his career as a founding member of Roxy Music. Leaving the band in 1973, he began his solo career with the album Here Come The Warm Jets, followed by a string of critically acclaimed records including Music For Airports. Collaborators include John Cale, Nico, Robert Fripp, and David Bowie. As a producer, credits include work with Geoffrey Oreyama; U2?s The Joshua Tree, Unforgettable Fire, Zooropa, and Achtung Baby; and David Bowie?s Outside.
Review As a political statement, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts is neither burdened by the prescience of a Reaganomic landscape, nor particularly concerned with a focused statement. As a pop album, it's conspicuously not a pop album. As a child of "world music," it's all over the map. Even with the album's introduction as a bombastic kind of progenitor for industrial, house, ambient, rap, or any sample-based music, the relevance of the "found" sounds in today's sonic attitude is as uninteresting as it could be laughable. This does not discredit the meticulous originality of the duo's vision. It does not, as some may attest, posit a poaching of African music, or of Muslim music, or of non-Western religion. Simply put, in 2006, My Life is a timeless evaluation of Assimilation, sometimes harmless, sometimes bleak, but consistently absorbing.
Reviewer Dom Sinacola
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Eno,Brian
Label Nonesuch Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Entertainment Weekly ...the remastered Ghosts feels haunting, hypnotic and fresh 25 years later.
Mojo ...mind-bending in its day and remains so now.

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