Flesh and Machine
The swirling outness of Flesh and Machine surely will confound those fans only familiar with Lanois' pop production for U2, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. Yet folks schooled in prog, fusion and New Age (namely the early '80s work of sonic mavericks Brian Eno, Bill Nelson and Jon Hassell) will instantly recognize the album as a 21st century marriage of art rock, jazz and electronic music. What Lanois really excels at, and which is best represented on the pieces "Space Love," "The End" and "Aquatic," is the bleeding of guitar-generated feedback into warmly floating ambient texture. Good stuff.