A work of staggering beauty is how I ended my thoughts about the first album on my late-80s trilogy, and it’s how I view the second. Spirit of Eden is an incredible piece of music, the product of vast amounts of time and effort (and money, if the reports are to be believed).

I don’t know for sure how I came across is, but like much of my musical education it may well have been an album that my erstwhile Smooly Batrash collaborator Alex lent me. I thought it was my own little secret, a little gem that the rest of the world knew nothing about. But in 2019 when the sad news about the death of one of its creators, Mark Hollis, was announced, it turned out that loads and loads of people love this album. And that makes me happy.

If you don’t know it, find a quiet room, turn off all distractions, and bathe yourself in a deep bath of Spirit of Eden right now. You’ll appreciate the experience.

You can see the #51for50 project to date here: https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/category/projects/51-for-50/

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