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HERE COME THE WARM JETS

Brian Eno

 

Progressive Electronic

3.65 | 132 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars Nonsense lyrics, bizarre melodies, Art Rock, Glam Rock: This is "Here Come the Warm Jets", Brian Eno's debut album, true masterpiece of Rock music.

At first, I wasn't particularly enjoying the quirky songs and strange vocals, definitely they are an acquired taste, but when I finally was able to appreciate them fully, I was really pleased. As I suggested earlier, these fresh sounding songs are a delightful mix between Glam Rock (think Roxy Music, where Eno also was part of) and Art Rock as well as Avant Garde. The melodies are simple, no doubt in that, but the arrangements Eno uses are extremely original and give a whole new touch to the song. The vocals sound exaggerated, and are always a little quirky; sometimes Eno, who always sings, tries to imitate Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music, and again sometimes he has a more nasal voice. However, everything seems to work fine. There are several guest musicians, all friends of Eno's, such as Robert Fripp, Phil Manzanera (both of them guitars) and John Wetton (bass). Despite being surrounded by tons of musicians, this is a definite solo album for Eno, as well as his first one.

Lyrically speaking the album is very original; for writing down the lyrics Brian used a very peculiar method. He used to sing to himself random syllables, without any form of sense, and then write them down and actually find a sense. He used this method all through the decade. The strange thing about them s that sometimes they are pretty good, with also a pretty good sense of humor.

Songs like "Needles In The Camel's Eye", "Baby's On Fire", "Driving Me Backwards" ,"Blank Frank" , "Dead Finks Don't Talk", and even the title track are perfect examples of what "Here Come The Warm Jets" is really about; a perfect portrait of eccentric, original and fresh music. Unfortunately Brian Eno after this release will never come back to this style, if we don't count the musician's following album, "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)".

An album to listen to again and again, a milestone in Art Rock music, and one of the artist's very best efforts.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |

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