Fickle Sun (i) is nearly as long, but almost entirely different. It's more discordant, with cymbal crashes and overdriven drones subsiding to Eno intoning, "All the boys are falling down" over and over as sounds flicker in the distance behind him. Parts (ii) and (iii) are different again – the former is a spoken word piece subtitled The Hour Is Thin, read by actor Peter Serafinowicz. As a single, melancholic piano melody plays on in the background, he speaks of war and the ocean as dispassionately as you would a grocery list.
On Eno's website, he describes The Velvet Underground's I'm Set Free as being "even more relevant now", which is perhaps his reasoning for including a cover of it as the final track here. Whyever it's included, it's a beautiful ending – a pillow of lush, dreamy guitars, smooth strings and Lou Reed's perfect lyrics ("I'm set free to find a new illusion"). Proof if ever there was that making it through challenges only brings rewards.
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