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Darkness And Relief: Sean Lennon's 13 Favourite Albums
Patrick Clarke , July 19th, 2017 11:03

From Herbie Hancock's darkest depths to Brian Eno's anxiety-relieving light, Sean Lennon guides Patrick Clarke through thirteen records that changed his life

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Brian Eno - Music For Airports
I love Brian Eno, but I picked this album specifically because it's one of those albums that if you're up at six in the morning, stressed out wondering why you were up all night, I can just put this on and everything feels OK. It's almost superficial because it's so sweet and ambient, but I respect it a lot because it always piques my interest. I know he wrote some of the songs with Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine, and Robert Wyatt has this delicate, fragile sort of energy, I feel like that's there.

An old friend of mine, Yuka Honda from Cibo Matto, the first band I was in, first played this to me on vinyl in the mid-90s. I was smoking a lot of pot in those days. I've read that Eno made it with the intention of actually playing it in airports. For fun I have put it on [in an airport] and there is something quite airporty about it… something machine-like about the melody. It reminds me of the architecture of an airport, it's not bustling or busy, it's like an airport when no one's there. I think it's the number one album I'd recommend for taking a bath to.


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Nizzy
Jul 19, 2017 11:38am

Apparently Mati Klarwein based the horrific figure on the back cover of 'Live Evil' on J. Edgar Hoover. Facially, anyway!
Watch out for the typo, Patrick - Klimt, not Flint.
Some great choices from an artist I admire - thanks.

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danmac
Jul 19, 2017 11:51am

"there's only five of them, if you include the violin player". And theres only 3 Beatles if you don't include the drummer. Why wouldn't you include the violin player in Mahavishnu since he's completely integral to their sound? Otherwise, top choice with that one

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Chris
Jul 19, 2017 12:32pm

Great intro, about the collectiveness. About the comment of the violins. I was just kinda thinking that!

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Wurm
Jul 19, 2017 2:25pm

Looks like Sean was trying a little too hard to appear 'cool'.

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Jul 19, 2017 2:46pm

In reply to Wurm:

Sean Lennon doesnt teu to actually cool.. there is no one more pretensioso than Snhr Jealousy.. Sean is.. Just being his Shiny self.. Peace and Gratitude for the contínuos tireless dedication to the processo Sean and Tribeca.. One Love

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Henny Ottamus
Jul 19, 2017 4:35pm

I see now there are so many genres of music out there some the public is not really even aware of. We all have a song in our hearts and a dream in our heads. I have chocolates and a t.v. and I know where the remote is. I promise to check out your music someday.

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Ewing Grahame
Jul 21, 2017 11:03am

Interesting choices, none of which would make my Top 50.

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Eric
Jul 28, 2017 7:21pm

In re. Airports: I was leaving a Talking Heads show in '84 and they played it on the way out. It was perfect-music for being in transit.

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ste
Aug 3, 2017 11:35pm

twat

burberry suit at the smash hits poll winners party

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cv writers
Nov 22, 2017 5:12pm

That's really awesome to know about this amazing musical sensation which has created a good place in every one's mind. Really looking for such album again.

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