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Brian Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.74 | 203 ratings

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3 stars This album is truly awful!

..or is it?

It took me a number of spins to understand what's going on here. The opener' Needles in the Camels Eeye' sounds like early 80's indie/punk, but in a very generic way. In other words I cant make a direct comparison, and when you consider this album was recorded in 1973, it could be considered rather visionary.

It's as if Brian Eno is toying with the listener, in producing an album which is not only unique in its sound, but seems to be laced with a bitterness, and perhaps some of that bitterness may be levelled at Bryan Ferry. I may be wrong, but the second track 'The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch' sounds like early Roxy Music put through a blender with a hearty dose of sulphuric acid and profound sarcasm. I'm not sure if Ferry had upset Eno off, but there is an acidic irony to this track, that I find irresistable.

This album is acquired taste. If you've not heard it before then dont expect to love it straight away. It takes a while. I have found this is a good album for clearing unwanted guests out of your house late at night. Try to imagine a blend of glam rock and new wave punk (4 years or so before punk happened) with a strange electronic edge, as you may expect on an Eno album, and you've got 'Here come the Warmjets'

There is infact some good musicianship going on under the noise, indeed the album bosts some fine prog stars; Robert Fripp for one, John Wetton, Chris Spedding, Phil Manzenera and Simon King (Hawkwind) King even manages to play like a proffesional musician on this album! There is aso some groundbreaking moments too, and I'm inclined to believe that this album was probably a huge inspiration to a number of non prog bands in later years.

My favourite tracks are 'Baby's on Fire' featuring some great Fripp guitar soloing, 'Cindy Tells Me' the opening two tracks, and 'Dead Finks dont Talk'

'Here come the warm Jets' is an album of strange twists and turns and to say that I highly reccomend it would be an exageration. I would highly reccomend that you listen to it first. It's not going to be everyones cup of tea. But, I'm enjoying it very much.

Blacksword | 3/5 |


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