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Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno - Born 15 May 1948 (Woodbridge, UK)

There has never been an artist more mystic (in the prog world, anyway) than Brian Eno. He has had many occupations that have influenced many musicians: he was the founding father of ambient music (though some might give him no small amount of flak for starting new age slop), a glam rocker, an expert at the synthesizer and many other strange electronic devices, a producer of hits for U2 and Talking Heads, an explorer of non-western musical themes and, as he was known to everyone who liked him, a "non-musician."

Growing up in the town of Suffolk (which was close to a American Air Force camp), he became fascinated by music when listening to doo wop and R&B on the Armed Forces radio stations. He later developed an interest towards avant-garde composers like John Cage and Terry Riley. In 1971, he became a member of the seminal rock band ROXY MUSIC. Eno joined them because he knew how to operate a certain synthesizer that none of the other members could. Some rock fans thought that he was gay because he wore makeup and women's clothing. His unusual appearance was offstaging the ROXY MUSIC frontman Bryan Ferry, who began to grow agitated as a result. After several fights with Ferry, Eno quit ROXY MUSIC to record some albums of his own sound.

The first album with Eno's name on it was 1973's "No Pussyfooting", an early ambient venture that he recorded with fellow EG Records recording artist Robert Fripp (most famous as the guitarist of KING CRIMSON). Most of the album was a Gibson Les Paul played by Fripp running through a tape-delay system. This new method would be dubbed "Frippertronics," a system that Fripp would later use in his solo career. (The sampling of sounds later set the stage for electronica and hip-hop.) Eno's first true solo album was 1973's "Here Come The Warm Jets", which managed to make the Top 30 in the UK. This time around, Eno had a glam rock sound that David Bowie and QUEEN had popularized. The album proved so critically popular that Eno (even though he was in poor health) decided to tour. The tour was cancelled shortly because of a collapsed lung.

In 1974, he released "Taking Tiger Mountain" (By Strategy), which was a similar collection of free form rock songs. Shortly after the album was released, a serious car accident left Eno bedridden for several months. While in th...
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3.74 | 195 ratings
Here Come The Warm Jets
1973
3.68 | 170 ratings
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
1974
3.98 | 308 ratings
Another Green World
1975
3.46 | 109 ratings
Discreet Music
1975
3.79 | 196 ratings
Before And After Science
1977
3.32 | 92 ratings
Music For Films
1978
3.68 | 185 ratings
Ambient 1 - Music For Airports
1978
3.78 | 74 ratings
Eno, Moebius & Roedelius: After The Heat
1978
3.96 | 143 ratings
Brian Eno & David Byrne: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
1981
4.07 | 177 ratings
Ambient 4 - On Land
1982
3.77 | 114 ratings
Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks (OST)
1983
2.82 | 28 ratings
More Music For Films [Aka: Music For Films - Vol. 2]
1983
3.35 | 58 ratings
Thursday Afternoon
1985
2.49 | 21 ratings
Music For Films III
1988
2.79 | 46 ratings
Eno & Cale: Wrong Way Up
1990
2.28 | 45 ratings
Nerve Net
1992
2.84 | 35 ratings
The Shutov Assembly
1992
3.16 | 39 ratings
Neroli - Thinking Music Part IV
1993
1.80 | 10 ratings
Headcandy
1994
2.97 | 20 ratings
Eno & Wobble: Spinner
1995
2.71 | 34 ratings
The Drop
1997
2.44 | 9 ratings
Lightness - Music For The Marble Palace
1997
3.25 | 12 ratings
I Dormienti
1999
3.60 | 29 ratings
Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwalm: Drawn From Life
2001
2.00 | 12 ratings
January 07003 - Bell Studies For The Clock Of The Long Now
2003
3.75 | 70 ratings
Another Day On Earth
2005
3.94 | 84 ratings
Small Craft On A Milk Sea
2010
3.62 | 35 ratings
Brian Eno & Rick Holland: Drums Between The Bells
2011
3.35 | 24 ratings
Lux
2012
3.14 | 19 ratings
Eno & Hyde: Someday World
2014
3.09 | 17 ratings
Eno & Hyde: High Life
2014
2.50 | 6 ratings
My Squelchy Life
2015
3.63 | 21 ratings
The Ship
2016
3.77 | 25 ratings
Reflection
2017

BRIAN ENO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.04 | 4 ratings
Dali's Car (with Winkies and 801)
1999

BRIAN ENO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.96 | 6 ratings
Thursday Afternoon
1984
4.08 | 7 ratings
14 Video Paintings
2005
4.13 | 5 ratings
77 Million Paintings
2006

BRIAN ENO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Working Backwards: 1983-1973
1983
3.58 | 7 ratings
Begegnungen (with Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Conrad Plank)
1984
2.30 | 4 ratings
Begegnungen II (with Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Conrad Plank)
1985
2.53 | 5 ratings
Desert Island Selection
1986
3.50 | 4 ratings
Textures
1989
3.08 | 5 ratings
Eno Box II: Vocals
1993
4.12 | 7 ratings
Eno Box I: Instrumentals
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Generative Music 1
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sonora Portraits
1999
3.09 | 4 ratings
Curiosities, Vol. 1
2003
3.49 | 3 ratings
Curiosities Vol. 2
2004
3.96 | 5 ratings
More Music For Films
2005

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Third Uncle
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1975
4.33 | 3 ratings
Robert Sheckley's In A Land Of Clear Colors (with Pete Sinfield)
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver Morning / Deep Blue Day (Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno)
1983
3.50 | 2 ratings
Ali Click
1992
1.05 | 3 ratings
Fractal Zoom
1992
3.00 | 3 ratings
Music For White Cube
1997
3.00 | 5 ratings
Kite Stories
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Music For Onmyo-Ji
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Music For Civic Recovery Centre
2000
2.50 | 4 ratings
Compact Forest Proposal
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
How Many Worlds
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
This
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
Making Space
2006
3.33 | 3 ratings
Panic Of Looking
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Sisters
2017
3.00 | 1 ratings
Brian Eno with Kevin Shields- The Weight Of History / Only Once Away My Son
2018

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 Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.68 | 170 ratings

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Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Having been freed as a member of Roxy Music, BRIAN ENO wasted no time delving into his myriad projects with not only one but two super strong solo albums emerging in 1974. The first release "Here Come The Warm Jets" managed to forge a new branch of the glam rock meets art pop started out by Roxy Music albeit with a completely new indie pop quirk absent from Bryan Ferry's vernacular. At the tail end of the year ENO unleashed his second offering in the form of the bizarrely titled TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) which was meant to be a loose concept album inspired by a series of postcards of a Chinese revolutionary opera. The themes and concepts attempt to tackle everything from espionage to the Chinese Communist revolution and found ENO taking a darker tone lyrically all the while crafting a bouncier and more upbeat art pop sound than his debut.

TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) also focuses on a core of five musicians without the lengthy roster of guest musicians on the debut. From his Roxy Music days he was joined by Phil Manzanera on guitars as well as Brian Turrington on bass, Freddie Smith on drums and a special guest appearance by none other than Robert Wyatt who provided percussion as well as backing vocals. Manzanera is notable for being a prime player on the album with not only his stellar guitar contributions but his role in assistant producer which allows an anything goes sort of approach to the album and as a result exudes an air of eccentricity above and beyond anything in the Roxy Music playbook. To further the mystique of the album, ENO and his friend Peter Schmidt developed a set of instruction cards called Oblique Strategies that would dictate certain decisions about the recording process, therefore completely random ideas were thrown in on the mere whim of which card dictated what, an eccentricity that ENO was famous for entertaining.

While lyrically TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) is connected by a nebulous conceptual theme of sorts, musically the album is all over the place with quirky indie pop hooks and the peculiar the only commonalities. Right from the very first notes of "Burning Airlines Give You So Much More," it's apparent that the pop hooks are heavily embellished by off-kilter out of tune counterpoints, slightly off center harmonic overdubs and intricate little guitar riffs that sound as if they are on the verge of complete abandonment but somehow finding resounding resolution. The jittery marching rhythms that exude tracks like "Back In Judy's Jungle" find themselves popping up in unexpected ways and early doses of post-punk even find their way in Turrington's bass abuse on the ahead of its time "Third Uncle" which distinguishes the accidental playing of a key finding its way into legendary status especially after having been covered by Bauhaus.

Despite the effort to create a less abrasive and more minimalistic album that forged a more uniform sound, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) is a monstrously wild album that traverses the quirkiest aspects of avant-pop coupled with the earliest forms of art rock teased out into a never ending series of arhythmic patterns, cannonades of jangle guitar and Asian overtones. The post-punk connections cannot be understated as many post-Sex Pistols punk rockers have taken many of the more aggressive aspects of TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN to heart. ENO single handedly managed to give birth to an incredibly diverse mix of styles that remain influential in the modern day. Through the wild and woolly glam rock ride of "The True Wheel" to the more subdued title track that ends the album and points to a more electronically infused future, this sophomore album unleashes a surprisingly diverse palette of indie quirk.

Like many of the early ENO albums, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) exudes an uncanny prescience of musical trends that hadn't yet come into fruition. ENO always seemed like he had his hands on an invisible pulse that only came into the limelight years later. This album percolates an infinite number of ideas that would eventually express themselves in much larger musical scenes. It's hard to believe that BRIAN ENO is mostly known for his ambient and electronic music when such Earth shattering indie rock found on his earliest recordings exists. This is some of the most fascinating music to exist in a rock context and while it's utterly infectious even upon first exposure, it contains just enough weirdness to continue to be exciting decades after its inception. For my money, this second offering of 1974 is a step above the first and that's a pretty tall order. Nerd music for nerd's paradise.

 Ambient 1 - Music For Airports by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.68 | 185 ratings

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Ambient 1 - Music For Airports
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Chaser

3 stars Utterly soporific!

Brian Eno was almost right, but this is not music for airports, it is music for airplanes, and especially for airplanes on long haul flights.

I have always had terrible trouble sleeping on long haul flights. I remember one long haul flight from Hong Kong to Perth where I sat bolt upright in the dark for 8 hours whilst everyone else slept. Horrific!

But then I discovered Brian Eno and his "Music for Airports", and my long haul flying experience was changed forever.

Now I take this album with me on every long haul flight, and by a third of the way through 1/1 I'm sleeping like a baby.

It's easy to describe the tracks on this album:

1/1 DING DONG DING DONG DONG DING. Repeat for 16.39 minutes.

1/2 AAAAAAAAAAA. UUUUUUUUUUU. AAAAAAAAAA. UUUUUUUUUU. Repeat for 8.25 minutes

1/2 TING. AAAAAAAAAAAA. TING TINGALING. AAAAAAAAAA. TING TINGALING. Repeat for 11.36 minutes

2/2 HOOOOOT. PAAAAAAARP. HOOOOOOOOT. PAAAAAARP. HOOOOOOT. Repeat for 9.38 minutes

Still the sounds are all very melodic and soothing, albeit with the effect of Chinese water torture.

This is not an album for collectors or fans only, this is an album for insomniacs everywhere!

It should be prescribed by doctors. Throw away those sleeping pills and get your hands on a copy of Brian Eno. I swear by it.

Take this album on your next long haul flight, and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Before the end of track one, you'll be away with the fairies.

Let's start counting stars. One, two, three, zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

 Eno & Cale: Wrong Way Up by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.79 | 46 ratings

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Eno & Cale: Wrong Way Up
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is truly an underrated album. It is also very unexpected. When you hear of Brian Eno and John Cale doing an album together, you would expect maybe ambience or at least very experimental music. You would be mistaken. This album has some of the most accessible music either artist has been involved in. But, believe me, it does not make it a bad album. Yes it is lacking somewhat in progressiveness, but the faster songs are so cheery and catchy that you have to sing along. And the harmonies, mostly based on heavy layering, are excellent to the "nth" degree. That is what I love about it most is the harmonies, sort of like a more modern Moody Blues type harmony, but better.

The first track is sung by Eno, but I would imagine it involves auto tune, because I have never heard him sing like this. The violin and keyboards are exiting and catchy. The same feeling melds into the next track "One World", even more upbeat with Eno and Cale both sharing vocals with lots of harmony. "In the Backroom" is a slower tempo and more of what you would expect with the vocals more subdued and no harmonies, just singing by Cale. The rhythm is consistent throughout, but there are some interesting things going on in the instrumentation. "Empty Frame" has a nice mid tempo swing feeling to it. Eno has lead vocals on this and there is some brass involved in the background and there are some harmonies here, but not as choir like as before. The guitar towards the middle is nice, but it's mixed a little deep. Vocals again seem too perfect for Eno, but it still sounds great.

"Cordoba" is a very laid back slow song lead by Cale. This one is more ambient and slightly experimental sounding, but it is not typical enough to be considered pop. It is a lot darker than anything that has come previously, so probably more what you would have expected from these two. Very sparse and the voice is solo with limited harmonics and some distortion in the orchestration towards the end giving it a unsettling feeling. "Spinning Away" is more of a nice, funky feeling with that feeling being provided by a strumming guitar while the keyboards are smooth creating a nice contrast. Eno has lead on this one and the beautifully layered and uplifting harmonics are back. The stings are back on this one too, and give this song great atmosphere. "Footsteps" is a mid-tempo song sung by Cale and is very 80s sounding especially with the synth melodies going on here. This one would have fit well on any Wang Chung album, in other words, I don't care for it as much.

Cale leads again on the next song "Been There, Done That". This one is upbeat and was released as a single and actually had some success. It is decent, but I would have picked one of the other previous upbeat songs for the single. But it has memorable lyrics that are easy to sing along with. "Crime in the Desert" has a nice piano hook that plays though the song, upbeat once again and a return to the layered harmonics that are so appealing. The synths are reminiscent of a more upbeat Vangelis tune. This one is the 3rd in a row lead by Cale. The last track on the original release is "The River" and is lead by Eno. This on has an annoying computerized drum and keyboard loop that changes chords with the vocals. It is more subdued like "Cordoba", but not as experimental. Eno's voice has an echo to it, giving it a slightly mysterious sound. The chorus is nice with the vocals, but it can remind you of sitting around a campfire singing and once you get that visual, it gets a little corny. Since the original had only 10 tracks, by this time it was starting to wear out it's welcome, so it ended at the perfect place.

The remastered version released in 2005 had 2 bonus tracks, but 1 of those tracks was different in the UK and the US. "Grandfather's House" was the UK bonus track. It is a slow ambient song, but the electric piano or vibe is a little annoying and reminds you of the terrible late 70s, early 80s Chicago albums. However, the lyrics are nice. "You Don't Miss Your Water" was the track available in both the UK and US versions. This one is better, but it is still slow with no percussion. It is driven with guitar this time, so it's not tacky like the previous one. It also has the layered harmonics. "Palanquin" was the bonus track in the US that replaced "Grandfather's House". Out of the two different bonus tracks, "Palanquin" is better in that it uses acoustic piano instead of electric, so it's not so dated sounding. It is a beautiful, atmospheric track, all instrumental, and with a new age feel, but still nice.

Overall, I really love this album and I did the first time I heard it. I do admit that it tends to wear itself out towards the end, but the bonus tracks, at least on the US reissue, do breathe life back into the album at the end. I know there isn't much there that is considered progressive, but the harmonics push this far and above any typical pop music out there. I consider it an excellent addition to my collection, but not to my prog music collection. So I have to settle for a "Good" rating, but it's pushing the 4 star rating.

 Discreet Music by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.46 | 109 ratings

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Discreet Music
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars Brian Eno is often thought of the thinking man of progressive music. Although many thinking men exist in the genre, Eno was the one who thought the hardest, particularly in both the abstract and the minimalist. The way he perceived music as a whole both in how it's psychologically defined and how it exists in space were paramount in bringing a new mindset to the pop music world.

However when you take all this and compress it down into one album, it garners a different look. Specifically, one tagged as "ambient". In recent years this term has a stigma attached to it, and generally will cause a quick dismissal from those who you bring it up to. Sure, countless very simple projects have also called themselves ambient, but as Eno has stated, what ambient really means is practically impossible to pin down these days. Mr. Eno may be a bit forgetful however, as he seems to have forgotten that he practically created modern ambient electronic music back in 1975. Discreet Music is one of the most unadulterated expressions of noise and vibration, a sound that seems disembodied from human thought and is something that just purely....exists. Of course Kraftwerk often experimented with ambient/avant-garde electronics before Eno even began working with Robert Fripp in 1973, but what Kraftwerk either didn't care to or failed to realize at the time that ambient music is what Eno created; sprawling, hour-or-more- long, meandering behemoths of various rhythmic tones and electronic fluidity that do well to not branch off uncomfortably by being overly dynamic. This not only creates a pleasant sound, but also removes the chance of having any slip ups if you go off the avant-garde deep end, which even Eno has done in the past. Kraftwerk understood the meaning of this quite well even before Eno did, with 1974's Autobahn epic replete with vehicle imagery, but it took another year for another musician to perfect it, and that just so happened to be Eno.

The rest of the album aside from the title track epic is three different variations of Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel. While not being the centrepiece, Eno's interpretations of the classic 'Pachabel's Canon' which, while being in basic terms the same Canon you've heard for years, are indeed testaments to Eno's mixing of industrial music with the classical. 'Fullness of the Wind' I believe is the best of the three.

What I think Discreet Music represents is a wholesome and unbroken part of Eno's career, which both represents a then stepping stone but also a timeless element in one of the most prolific electronic musician's music. That, and it's a signal for other artists even today to expound on it to find the deepest crevasses the human spirit can travel to. Either that, or I'm just blowing it out of proportion. Part of me, though, thinks I'm right.

 Sisters by ENO, BRIAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Sisters
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars An unexpected event....

An app for those who paid in full for Brian Eno's "REFLECTION", 2017, at its special priced edition, which would have allowed users to fiddle around with the algorithms of any given music piece, therefore being able to virtually interact and recreate an imprint of personal touch to the piece(s),, but due to the Brexit, the pre-order price became unresonable to do business with, so in able to work things out for both artist and consumer, ENO gave birth instead to this "Generative Music" recorded sampler "SISTERS" (2017) and was given out as a free download (consolation prize), until the end of February, as a way of saying thanks to those eagerly waiting for the app+album, which never came to be.

Well, SISTERS,without its unavoidable red tape is ,to put it simply, 4 remixes of one piece EP, sequenced (remixed) by Peter Chilvers, who is himself, alongside Eno, the technical wizard behind the interactive software's planning and creation.

This kind of conceptual presentation is no stranger in Brian Eno's ever changing discography and sonic/visual installations. He possesses a truly healthy iconclastic spirit, even if those icons are his own.

Peaceful, bright and perfect pitch in detail (Eno's "Ambient Music" oriented) the four versions are intriguing by themselves, the subtle alterations between each one accentuate the myriad of possibilities any composer faces on a daily basis, yet opens the door by crashing the monumental task, of having to choose a single option.

***3 PA stars.

 Eno & Hyde: High Life by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.09 | 17 ratings

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Eno & Hyde: High Life
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars One of the more enjoyable and accessible of Brian Eno's recent efforts has its roots in the fertile soil he was cultivating with David Byrne in the early '80s, updated to a modern digital vernacular. A few of the songs ("DBF" being the obvious example) could have been outtakes from the "Remain in Light" album sessions, and the artwork itself is a visual echo of Peter Saville's video image on the cover of the Eno/Byrne classic "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts".

But this was 2014, not 1981, and much of the new album sounds like it was composed and performed on laptop computers, with minimal human input on traditional instruments. On the other hand, when the end results are so playful and creative does it really matter how they were generated? For an artist once known as a self-confessed funkophobe (in his immediate post-Roxy Music adolescence), Eno certainly has his groove on here.

Not for the first time, of course. He embraced Funk and Afrobeat rhythms long ago, with the Talking Heads and other kindred spirits, but rarely to such a plugged-in degree. I defy even the clumsiest left-footed Proghead to hear the bouncy "Time to Waste It" or the more upbeat "Lilac" and resist the temptation to oscillate his hips, just a little.

In the end it's a fascinating detour for the otherwise ambient artisan, and definitely a collaboration. Eno's finger (and voice) prints are all over the album, and yet he's often the second banana next to guitarist and Grooveboxer Karl Hyde (yes, the Groovebox is a real thing: part drum machine, part sequencer, part computer hard drive). Not to worry, though: he may have only been along for the ride, but Eno was still the primary navigator, as always demonstrating his unerring sense of musical direction.

[ Consumer endorsement: the vinyl edition of the album is by far the best bargain, and not just for old-time's sake. It includes two songs omitted from the CD, for no apparent reason except, of course, the demands of petty commerce. The first ("On a Grey Day") is a dreamy ballad and soundscape collage, crooned with melodic resignation; the second ("Slow Down, Sit Down & Breathe") presents a more urgent and aggressive electro-pop thing, with deadpan spoken vocals atop a busy rhythm guitar. Both would have fit on the compact disc, with room to spare ]

 The Ship by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.63 | 21 ratings

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The Ship
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Brian Eno's best album in years strikes a lopsided balance between his purely ambient abstractions and the more song-centered performances from his feather-boa'd youth, but it definitely leans far closer toward the minimalist end of his musical spectrum. Imagine a typical Eno pop song, slowed down to below 16 rpm and stretched out over 21-minutes in length, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

There's a dreamlike lack of clarity to the music, as if The Ship of the album's title (supposedly RMS Titanic, in her final agony) was running at quarter-speed through dense fog. Eno's artfully auto-tuned singing adds just the right touch of maritime angst, resembling the lonesome chantey of an old sea dog on the evening's last watch aboard a four-masted windjammer.

The long title track grows progressively more weird, as the dying ocean liner presumably settles to the North Atlantic sea floor. More accessible melodies then begin to emerge in the three-part "Fickle Sun", but the overall mood remains austere: gray music for an uncertain voyage, perfectly illustrated in the album's monochromatic artwork. So when the faux-brass section suddenly kicks in just beyond the 7:00 mark of "Fickle Sun, Part One" the effect is all the more powerful by contrast.

It's esoteric stuff, but strangely compelling: the poetry of ideas expressed as sound...a goofy description, I admit, but not when listening to Eno. And Part Two of "The Fickle Sun" is in fact an actual poem, recited by actor Peter Serafinowicz (the zombie roommate in the movie "Shaun of the Dead") over a gentle Satie-like solo piano phrase. Which then leads directly into Part Three, "I'm Set Free": an old Velvet Underground song, beautifully rendered into one of Eno's best vocal performances since the 1970s.

A final coda ("Away", once again with echoes of "Another Green World") is only available on Japanese editions of the album...sadly, because it offers an ideal epilogue to an already indelible experience. The whole package is quintessential Eno: subtle yet engaging, calm to the point of immobility but still able to stir the gray matter like nobody's business.

 Reflection by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.77 | 25 ratings

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Reflection
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Well, opposite to what one will suspect, but average in an average Prog world of opinions and tastes, Brian Eno's works, as many other former band members who went solo, are underrated without hesitation by disappointed or offended raters, to be honest it is quiet funny to watch that side of the average listener's school yard.

Anyway, for starters Brian Eno's 2017 "Reflection" advertisement reviews do not stop mentioning "Discreet Music", 1975, which is the easy way out to explain this meditative, yet not symphonic at all as "Discreet Music" was, release.

But let me state that indeed this is a one track , 54 minutes dronescape by one of the "dronescaping" pioneers when the word drone was not even associated with these musical compositions, choosing for the no less iconclastic yet amiable (and mostly misunderstood) term of Ambient music.

So, as you may intuit, this is no speed freak's paradise, maybe their hell. Slow paced transmutation of simultaneous, full or minimalistic, ethereal flowing melody lines, counterpointed by the oncoming and ongoing echoing of bells which are the guiding lights as they are the subtle launching pads to its constantly changing musical structures' detours, making it rich, creative and deep, yet conceptual as a single track.

Vigorous, obscurely fresh, perfectly timed and true to its creator's language, the undercovered diversity of musical composition environments add up for an attractive (even addictive) memorable listening experience.

****4 (This one stays home!) PA stars.

 Here Come The Warm Jets by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.74 | 195 ratings

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Here Come The Warm Jets
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Originally released simply under the name ENO, the debut album of BRIAN ENO finds him recently straight out of Roxy Music after butting heads with the Bryan Ferry on musical direction and after a proto-ambient drone experimental album with Robert Fripp of King Crimson, ENO went solo and since has released decades worth of material. HERE COME THE WARM JETS falls more into the Roxy Music camp rather than the more famous ambient music he would dish out a few years down the road, however ENO shows without a doubt that he's more than capable of conjuring up truly addictive art rock with super catchy hooks all dressed up with his experimental frosting that resonates and reverberates well into the modern day.

In fact i'm beginning to think that all roads modern and musical lead back to the 70s. While this kind of playful art rock owes a lot to the juxtaposition of Bryan Ferry's 50s rock'n'roll fetish mixed with ENO's futuristic surrealism found on the first two Roxy Music albums, there is enough tweaking around the edges to give HERE COME THE WARM JETS a rather unique and innovative sound that echoes well into the 21st century. Think of all those indie rock and indie pop bands that have emerged since the 90s. I swear that tracks like "Baby's On Fire" could fit in undetected on albums by Animal Collective or Of Montreal. In fact i hear all kinds of sounds on this album which lead me to believe that bands like Built To Spill, Modest Mouse and the army of other indie disciples found a lot to latch onto from this early experimental rock phase of ENO's career just like metal bands worship Black Sabbath and progsters cite King Crimson as ground zero and so forth and so on.

The music on HERE COME THE WARM JETS is really nothing more than brilliant. It retains all the melodic catchiness and proto-punk energy of the first two Roxy Music albums and ups the ante for experimentalism which obviously displays the differences between ENO and Ferry as the Roxy Music albums became more mainstream after ENO's departure. This debut album also show's ENO as a fairly entrenched force in the musical world early in his career resulting in an army of guest musicians lending a hand on this one. Not only do we get Phil Manzanera, Paul Thompson and Andy Mackay from Roxy Music helping out, but also Robert Fripp and John Wetton from King Crimson, Simon King of Hawkwind, Bill MacCormick of Quiet Sun and Matching Mole fame as well as Paul Rudolph from The Pink Fairies and still others leading up to quite a diverse and full richness of sounds that gives this album an instant epic feel to it.

HERE COME THE WARM JETS is an excellent blend of art pop mixed with glam rock with sprinklings of avant-garde. While apparent from the get go that this is a branch of the Roxy Music school, ENO was allowed to shine without restraint proving that he had full control of his musical reins that allowed everything to be rationed into a perfect balance. With nasally vocals and screaming guitars mixed with pummeling bass lines and subdued doowop melodies ENO managed to marry some of the more esoteric idiosyncrasies of Frank Zappa into the accessible delivery of glam rock. Quite a feat considering how much is crammed into these tracks. At the end of the day, it's not the technical wizardry that makes this a fun ride, it's the clever catchy hooks that keep you coming back. ENO would put out a couple more art pop albums before venturing into his better known ambient phase however this music is as exciting and dynamic as anything in his other career phases and it's obvious why it was uncovered by all those indie rockers who utilized many aspects of this music that began way back in 1973. 4.5 rounded down

 The Ship by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.63 | 21 ratings

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The Ship
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As always any output under Brian Eno's name or any of his multi-factorial collaborative ways, beholds expectations.

I follow his releases and tend to listen or acquire his latest ones. "The Ship", 2016, is no exception.

Sound engineering wise, this is top of the cream. That mentioned, everything revolves actually around that attribute.

Music composition wise his "advertisers" announce a criss cross between "Ambient 1- Music For Airports",1978, and his super early stuff, lke "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)"- 1974 and "Here Come the Warm Jets"-1973 a personal favorite. I would have added "Before and After Science"-1977, which exposes to perfection this bi-polar frequency of song writing.

Well "The Ship" is that kind of ENO's multiple musical, slow paced, languages mixed throughly and upgraded with his acute artistic sense for the recorded sound. That and his later acquaintance with Karl Hyde, it shows and can not be "hydden" and a Roger Water's feel (quiet surprising) is also present here and there, by the way.

Having set the court for ruling, I bought this album and I do not think that I have gotten something extraordinary or highly valuable or to put it simply this one, as most of his post "Small Craft on a Milk Sea"-2010 solo releases, can still not compare to the same.

There are of course magnificent moments although somehow diluted by lack of contrasts and some of its proposals may seem new in Eno's world but not that "new" in the outside world. The focus on the lyrical power of the recorded voice be it Eno himself or guests Nuria Homs or Peter Serafinowiczis is truly remarkable.

Like a self set level of mastery in the fields of music composition, he himself has established, this release, beyond its astounding sound engineering, music wise is good to listen to, but not really an unmissable addition to my collection, nor groundbreaking as to become essential.

***3.5 PA stars.

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