UMC – July 19th
Fifty years ago, the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon. This seismic anniversary prompted veteran music-maker Brian Eno to revisit his flawless Apollo soundtrack and create an album’s worth of new material. He needn’t have bothered – Apollo was already regarded as an ambient masterpiece. Recorded by Eno, his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois in 1983, it was commissioned as the soundtrack for Al Reinert documentary, For All Mankind. Sure, it’s been nicely remastered (again) but this hardly qualifies it as essential. Meanwhile, the new Apollo songs return Eno to Earth with a bump. Their brittle and oddly poppy approach lack any of the brooding weightlessness of the originals. Sadly, this anniversary gimmick mission should have been aborted.