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Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

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  1. mgsc
    Apr 29, 2006
    In 1981, I ran into John Hiatt in a bar in Indianapolis. He asked to what I was listening, and I told him that I was very intrigued by Bush of Ghosts. He then launched into a diatribe about how the album represented everything that was wrong with music. I disagreed at the time. In retrospect, he might have been right.
  2. DanJ
    May 11, 2006
    At the time Brian Eno was heavily into Fela Kuti's music. This is a not so bad attempt to capture the magic of one of Fela's creative explosions. Anyone in search of "the bush" would be greatly rewarded by going back to the source. Just get ANY live recording by Fela.
  3. TobyK
    Jun 2, 2006
    Aside from "Regiment," which is incredibly kick-ass, this album is pretty lame worldbeat faire from the 80s. Which makes sense, because after 1977 Brian Eno became obsessed with musical "atmospheres" and became mind-numbingly boring.

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Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. A pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronic, ambient, and third-world music.
  2. Blender
    It's an "important" record... But, more crucially, it's an enduringly entrancing listen. [Apr 2006, p.123]
  3. As an experimental project, it's clever and varied, and a vital chapter in the history of electronic music and sampling. As a pop record, it's tantalising, sensitive and essential; if you don't already own My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, the reissue's extra tracks make now as good a time as any.