Here Is What Is - Daniel Lanois
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    It's top quality stuff. [May 2008, p.106]
  2. The album is chock full of solid songs.
  3. 80
    Lanois' impeccable production outshines his songwriting, but it's truly beautiful what this man can build. [Winter 2008, p.100]
  4. Lanois' sixth studio album is an eclectic mix of richly textured rock songs, mellow vibes and hypnotic instrumentals, interspersed with snippets from philosophical conversations with mentor Brian Eno.
  5. Throughout Here is What is, Lanois’ fifth, and best, record, we hear reverberations of the past, and meditations on the future.
  6. Uber-producer makes sublime soundtrack to documentary film.
  7. 60
    This collection, like all of his work, conjures a world unto itself, drawing from seemingly random sources to weave a work of mystic, spiritual power. [May 2008, p.102]
  8. It's an undeniably chin-stroking effort, songs revolving with quiet, Dire Straits-ian grace around a pedal-steel guitar, while a variety of vocalists take his musical atmospherics and run with them. [May 2008, p.135]
  9. If you still hold Lanois' earlier recordings to a high ideal, this may indeed frustrate you because it offers considerably more evidence that Lanois has lost his way as a musician.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DmitriA.
    Apr 10, 2008
    10
    I'm new to Mr. Lanois' work - the first album of his I heard was 'Shine', but this album is very strong. It reaches the most important standard for music I know of: it stands up to repeated listening. Full Review »
  2. MichaelE.
    Apr 8, 2008
    9
    This is a first class Lanois soundtrack album that once gain reveals that his solo albums (Acadie, For The Beauty of Wynona, Shine, Belladonna) offer the same richness and magic than the best of his production works for Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris or Willie Nelson. I love this man's voice and the way he creates nakedness and vulnerablity in his songs and instrumental pieces. Full Review »
  3. AdrianB.
    Apr 4, 2008
    9
    Lanois is still beiing busy and capable of his talents to go on futher looking fot the frontiers of music.Give the man something from the past and he creates a new "pearl"of the future. Listening to his music says that we are only at the beginning of future's miracles Full Review »