Brian Eno
Here Come the Warm Jets


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
April 29th, 2006 | 22 replies | 10,156 views


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Brian Eno is the god of ambient and electronic music. The man actually created the whole ďambient" music genre while lying in a hospital bed so I suppose itís safe to say that this guy knows his stuff. Eno is extremely well known for making classic electronica albums such as Another Green World, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) and do I even have to mention the whole Ambient series? Letís face it boys and girls, Eno gets a cookie for being one of the greatest electronica song writers of all time.

So what was this cool cat up to before he was lying in a hospital bed pondering what to do next? Believe it or not he was actually creating some gleeful pop/punk songs that had little electronic influences, if any. I know it may be stunning at first but if you enjoyed any of Enoís other albums but have yet to here Here Comes the Warm Jets chances are you may hate the music featured on here.

Here Come the Warm Jets is a post-punk album but Eno adds a little bit of his own spunk to make things even more interesting. The music is a mess of upbeat guitar jingles, strange piano mingling, and it seems like someone is always fiddling with a violin, keyboard, or brass instrument to create a dense, textured sound. While Eno may seem like a quiet and gentle person his voice indicates that he is a paranoid and crazy disaster. His shrill shrieking and high pitched wails are found often throughout the album adding onto the playfulness of the music. Mixing in with the strange array of upbeat instruments used on the album Brians voice meshes in with the textured sound of the album extremely well.

The most impressive thing about all of this is that Here Comes the Warm Jets is an extremely diverse album. No two songs sound alike and while most of them posses a wild and out of control nature Eno throws in just enough hooks and textures of instruments to keep you engaged with the album. The albums opener, Needles in the Camels Eye is a wild riff based song featuring Eno wailing out undecipherable words over a strong drum beat and shiny guitar chords. It kind of makes you want to get up and dance, its groovy yet noisy feel just forces you to shuffle your feet and move around. The next song, The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch has the same feel but you can obviously see a change in the music. Eno keeps his paranoid sounding voice but this time he slows things down and the song turns out to consist of jingly guitar riffs over some chiming noises. While the atmosphere is still playful the music is much slower and easy to sing a long to. There is no doubt about it that the first two songs are the most basic and pop influenced songs off the album.

The rest of the album is much more erratic and spontaneous then the two opening tracks. Black Frank sounds like circus music with its sloppy guitar solo and strange maraca jingles in the background. Enoís noisy and psychotic voice plays a huge role in the song and it sounds like demented 80's new-wave. The next song, Driving Me Backwards is a groovy piano ballad with not much instrumentation. It focuses on Brianís strange and slurred voice and he doesnít blend in to well with the simple piano part. Dead Finks Donít Talk is another gentle song driven by an easy going drum beat and some poppy guitar riffs. It has a nice upbeat and carefree atmosphere, sounding like a pre-Sergeant Peppers Beatles song. Cindy Tells Me is an overly joyful rock tune about love. Itís comprised of some odd guitar chords and various electronic effects float wildly in the background without having much of an effect. For a love song it is actually quite noisy and although Eno tries to slow things down it just winds up being a sloppy and whimsical pop tune. The album finally comes to a close with the title track. The song actually has some airplane sounding noises but itís actually just some strange guitar distortion. Towards the end of the song some strange violin sounding arrangements play in the background and this is the only track hinting towards actual electronica music. This is the mellowest track off of the album and Here Come the Warm Jets goes out in style.

Well my fellow Eno fans you would not expect this piece of work from your ambient master, would you? Instead of playing soothing electronic songs Here Comes the Warm Jets is a rowdy, piercing, and an occasionally soothing album. Most of these songs are upbeat and quizzical but once in a while Eno throws in some softer ballad type pieces and that just adds to the casualness of the album. Other then Enoís boisterous voice the musicís main focus is on the guitars, keyboards and percussion. Unpredictable instruments pop up in songs taking you by surprise such as violins, trumpets, and maracaís. While you may not respect it as much as other Eno albums Here Come the Warm Jets is a bizarre, quirky, sloppy, post-punk mess but it sure is fun while it lasts.



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FrddyBrnRgrJhn
April 29th 2006



81 Comments


For a "bizarre, quirky, sloppy, post-punk mess", this somehow managed to earn a 4. If I hadn't heard any Brian Eno before I read this review, I would assume he sounds like shit. Which is pretty bizarre considering how fan-boyish this review comes off as. Maybe I'm being a bit critical, but I would suggest rewriting the review and fleshing it out some more. Also run a spell check on it.

Zebra
Moderator
April 29th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=review] While you may not respect it as much as other Eno albums Here Come the Warm Jets is a bizarre, quirky, sloppy, post-punk mess but it sure is fun while it lasts.[/quote]
I suppose I didn't make things very clear, which is my mistake. The album is very sloppy and unorganized but the music is still fun to listen to. This perticular album sort of sounds like something that could have been released by the Jesus and Mary Chain, or a rougher version of the Talking Heads. Just because an album is a bit spastic at times doesn't make it bad album.

smokersdieyounger
April 29th 2006



672 Comments


Ive heard taking tiger mountain and his work with Bowie, but not much else. I agree that he is very talented.

NEDM
April 29th 2006



1113 Comments


I'm really interested in this album.

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
May 12th 2006



165 Comments


Hey, awesome. Never saw this review, good work.

STLMiguel
May 29th 2006



335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this album for years now and I always go back to it. Good review, I just found it while looking to see what Eno albums had and had not been reviewed already.

sevasXtra02
May 13th 2007



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone else find it amazing that this post-punk sort of album was released several years before the "birth" of punk?

MasterSan
February 23rd 2008



113 Comments


Funniest thing is on his early albums Brian Eno sounds like an insane David Bowie, and on the Roxy Music stuff Bryan Ferry sounds like a (more) confused David Byrne.

ClearTheLane
July 23rd 2008



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the closing title track

Meatplow
April 11th 2010



5524 Comments


Brian Eno sounds like an insane David Bowie


Isn't this the truth, lol.

I was expecting more ambient when I went into this, not bad for a glam/progressive rock album though.

xfearbefore
September 13th 2010



1245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An absolutely brilliant album that defines the entire progressive art-rock movement of the 70s, alongside Roxy Music's work (with and without Eno).

Needle in the Camel's Eye is probably my favorite Eno song, ever. Just brilliant.

Digging: Tiger Army - Tiger Army

Meatplow
February 13th 2011



5524 Comments


just gave this a relisten, pretty good stuff

Baby's On Fire is probably my favourite song, mainly because i've been listening to a Belgium minimal synth group called Absolute Body Control who covered it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlEMOQsexxg

Meatplow
February 15th 2011



5524 Comments


I think the production is a bit weedy, especially the drums. I love Eno's manic persona on here, such as on The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch.

starting to enjoy this period more where I once dismissed it as being lesser than his pure ambient stuff. there is probably some truth to that, but this is good anyway

robschuldiner1
March 9th 2013



277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Underrated

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 16th 2013



5643 Comments


Agreed Rob its underrated here prob u should 4.5 it,u***!

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 16th 2013



5643 Comments


Bump in the honor of Eno !

oltnabrick
April 16th 2013



30060 Comments


Wow stop it

Digging: Stellar OM Source - Ocean Woman

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 16th 2013



5643 Comments


Oltna u should give this album a listen.... someday u will enjoy it as i do

sleepdirt
October 10th 2013



296 Comments


Fripp's solo on Baby's On Fire is scorching.

CodyVoid
January 8th 2014



170 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of the most obvious 5's that was never critically acclaimed as an obvious 5. Bad journalism of the music press in my opinion. Way superior to the other early-songwriting efforts of Brian Eno while still praising the Tiger!

I love Brians songwriter-phase even more than his ambient!

Just so many incredible moments right here:
the cheesy-meets-creepy of "Dead Finks Dont Talk" with the forward thinking expand-your-mind machinism techno-experimental freak out at the end!

The √ľber-beyondable nostalgic feeling of "On some faraway beach" which sets me in the mood of experiencing a back-flash of a lomographic movie of my own childhood.

Overall the taking of motifs like keys-dripping from one to the next song.

The Fripp-Solo almost gives me simmilar goose bumps like "The Fours Horsemen"-Solo by Aphrodite's Child.

Not one weak spot and the lyrics over this are often effingcreepincredible!

THIS IS A WHOLE-IN-ONE-LISTEN!



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