The History of Brian Eno
On June 6th, 2005, Coldplay released their 3rd album, “X&Y“. When their previous offerings had become huge hits, with “A Rush of Blood To The Head” a significant step forward from the debut, “Parachutes”, and seen Coldplay become one of the major UK acts and flag bearers, expectations were high.
However it was obvious from early on that Coldplay were in no hurry to release another record as they tortured themselves in an attempt to better “A Rush of Blood To The Head”.
November 19th, 1991 saw U2 release “Achtung Baby” after the bands longest hiatus between albums. At times they even doubted they would ever release another record after “Rattle and Hum”. However in one of the greatest re-inventions in rock history, U2 entered the 1990s with an era defining album in the shape of “Achtung Baby“.
The stratospheric trajectory that U2 followed, peaking with the mega-hit that was “The Joshua Tree”, was brought to a jarring halt by the critical mauling of their curiosity album and film “Rattle and Hum”. The musical landscape was also changing rapidly, with albums like “Nevermind” and The Stone Roses debut coming out between “Rattle and Hum” and “Achtung Baby“, U2 were in real danger of becoming dinosaurs. U2 were in a strange place.