Here is What Is Daniel Lanois Red Floor/ Shock
DANIEL Lanois is best known as a producer whose credits include U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and a couple of His Bobness’s most redemptive albums. Small wonder, then, that two of the best tracks on this album ( Where Will I Be and Not Fighting Anymore ) sound decidedly Dylanesque. Here is What Is is essentially the soundtrack to a documentary that explores the Canadian muso’s distinctive music- making skills. It features snippets from a conversation with Brian Eno, including his profound pronouncement: ‘‘ What would be really interesting for people to see is how beautiful things grow out of shit.’’ The scatological reference is to nothingness rather than excrement and several tracks on the album bear out this philosophy. It is a tribute to Lanois’s judgment that none of the extended solos, on a variety of instruments, outstay their welcome. And by the time you reach the folkbluesy This May Be the Last Time , you find yourself hoping against hope that the inherent threat turns out to be mere bluster.