Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1990 Ratings: #29 / 315
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Based on 40 ratings
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October 5, 1990 / Release Date
LP / Format
Opal Records / Label
Art Rock, Art Pop / Genres
John Cale, Brian Eno / Primary Artists
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In an ideal, pop world, these two artists would become the demigods who would make things spin away and look magnificent, even if the wrong way of an ideal, pop record is positioned upwards.


'Wrong Way Up' does sound more Eno influenced than Cale influenced - and considering the uniqueness of the Byrne/Eno masterwork 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' it can pale by comparison.

The one moment it really bursts through is on the wondrous 'Spinning Away' that has real melodious brightness to offer rather than just rhythms and atmospherics like much of the rest.


Nicked from Wikipedia: “Trouser Press praised the album, calling it "an absolutely wonderful pop record, a subversion of Top 40 formulae to the pair's own idiosyncratic (but utterly accessible) ends."
It’s quite possible that this 1990 release represents the blood & treasure of two musicians hammering out a collaborative project that is simply brilliant in spite of their respective artistic/personal differences with one another in its recording. Frankly, the backstory ... read more

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Track List

  1. Lay My Love
  2. One Word
  3. In the Backroom
  4. Empty Frame
  5. Cordoba
  6. Spinning Away
  7. Footsteps
  8. Been There, Done That
  9. Crime in the Desert
  10. The River
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Added on: January 30, 2016