13 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Daniel Lanois has spent the majority of the career perfecting the organic but densely textured production style that reanimated folk and rock styles in the '80s and '90s. Though Lanois’ first three solo albums are paragons of his production philosophy, 2008’s Belladonna is a minimalist masterpiece. An album of instrumentals on which Lanois plays only pedal steel—backed by jazz specialists Brad Mehldau on piano and Brian Blade on drums—Belladonna reconnects him to the start of his career, when he contributed sweet-yet-ghostly pedal steel motifs to Brian Eno’s haunting ambient soundscapes. In one sense, this album is a sequel to Lanois and Eno’s 1983 collaboration Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, although the thematic touchstone here is Mexico rather than the moon. Both “Oaxaca” and “Agave” overtly reference the mariachi tradition, while “Frozen” is a surprisingly lovely hybrid of classic country and Jamaican dub. “Carla,” “Deadly Nightshade,” and “Panorama” suggest that this master of layered sound is at his best when his music is stripped of everything but its essence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Daniel Lanois has spent the majority of the career perfecting the organic but densely textured production style that reanimated folk and rock styles in the '80s and '90s. Though Lanois’ first three solo albums are paragons of his production philosophy, 2008’s Belladonna is a minimalist masterpiece. An album of instrumentals on which Lanois plays only pedal steel—backed by jazz specialists Brad Mehldau on piano and Brian Blade on drums—Belladonna reconnects him to the start of his career, when he contributed sweet-yet-ghostly pedal steel motifs to Brian Eno’s haunting ambient soundscapes. In one sense, this album is a sequel to Lanois and Eno’s 1983 collaboration Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, although the thematic touchstone here is Mexico rather than the moon. Both “Oaxaca” and “Agave” overtly reference the mariachi tradition, while “Frozen” is a surprisingly lovely hybrid of classic country and Jamaican dub. “Carla,” “Deadly Nightshade,” and “Panorama” suggest that this master of layered sound is at his best when his music is stripped of everything but its essence.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

sasolitude ,

unknown masterpiece.

really takes you into another world. perfect for a night drive. must be listned through from start to finsih. it flows effortlessly.

K. Karyne ,

A real artist, My hero

This gentlemen has a voice of his own.
He is such an inspiration to me!
Weather he signs or strums a string of his original waving sound guitars, he speak to my soul and he says things that comes directly from his heart. He is real, raw, true and beautiful! His music makes music staying pure art!
His music, listen to them over and over... Has a story behind it all. Really personal (thank you for sharing and opening up) and it is all very graceful and made from a humble, caring and amazing man. ;-)
Thank you for your dedication Dan!
I really appreciate you in my life since decades now!!
Karyne

wannabeproducer ,

A rare find

I love it!!! .....so healing, in a way. And so beautiful!!!

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