Belladonna - Daniel Lanois
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  • Summary: This solo instrumental disc from the Brian Eno collaborator and U2 producer includes contributions from pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Brian Blade.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. There are plenty of things left to say and Daniel Lanois has found a way to say them without words.
  2. It's every bit as focused and accomplished as anything in Lanois' catalog, and die-hard fans will be wanting more long after the disc winds down.
  3. Belladonna's tracks resemble soundtrack cues designed to capture a specific emotion that words could never quite do justice.
  4. A quiet, thoughtful, but never uninteresting album.
  5. At first blush, Lanois' music is flowery wallpaper, but on repeated listens the colorful textures sink in and evoke a hushed mysticism.
  6. 70
    Whereas Eno's purest ambient music has such an organic abstractness the listener stops thinking about what is actually producing the sounds, Lanois favours guitars, which links his music more to established styles. [Jul 2005, p.110]
  7. Belladonna sounds technically flawless-- every marimba strike and fret run has a specific texture that's almost miniaturist in its realistic detail-- but it's all in service to vocal-less songs that are ponderous and dull, whose strict adherence to an overriding motif hems them in.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. MarieJ
    Jan 17, 2006
    10
    This album creates an entire shimmering universe using that glorious pedal steel that Daniel Lanois plays like no one else. Its easy to get This album creates an entire shimmering universe using that glorious pedal steel that Daniel Lanois plays like no one else. Its easy to get lost inside of this music. Belladonna has some of the most beautiful and inspiring music I have heard in years. The more you listen to it, the more this music gets under your skin and into your dreams. Heady stuff! Expand