Weekday Wayback: Passengers- Original Soundtracks 1

Dabbling in the absurd generally occurs when a band undertakes a side-project. Original Soundtracks 1 exemplifies this with Brian Eno's love for experimental ambient dominating many tracks. After finishing the multi-continent multimedia spectacular that was the ZOO TV Tour, U2 found themselves in a creative rut. Eno's suggestion they decamp to a studio to improvise proved to be the impetus for what evolved into this album. The most well known track, "Miss Sarajevo", features tenor Luciano Pavarotti whose vocals drive home the song's pathos. While most songs on the album come from fictitious films, "Miss Sarajevo" along with "Your Blue Room", "Beach Sequence", and "One Minute Warning" actually found their home on the soundtracks for actual films. "Always Forever Now" though not on an actual soundtrack at the time of the album's release later found a role in the film Heat.  For fans of Eno as well as U2, this album is a hidden gem and a worthwhile listen through and through. 

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