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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts – Brian Eno and David Byrne

Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

(1981), 6/10
Created on the side between Talking Heads’ albums, David Byrne and Brian Eno employed the then novel concept of creating musical backdrops for sampled vocal tracks on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Most of the vocals are lifted from spiritual sources, mostly Christian evangelists and Islamic singers.

While the project is historically significant and intellectually fascinating, it feels uneven as the more propulsive tracks overshadow the spacier ones. The highlights include ‘America is Waiting’, which rides a paranoid groove, ‘The Jezebel Spirit’ which features a scary exorcism, and ‘Regiment’ which pumps up a Lebanese mountain singer with a funky groove.

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is historically significant, and any Eno or Byrne fan will want to hear the best tracks, but I find the full album a little difficult to get through.

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