Brian Eno
Here Come the Warm Jets



by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
April 29th, 2006 | 88 replies

Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Brian Eno is the god of ambient and electronic music. The man actually created the whole 'ambient' music genre while lying in a hospital bed so I suppose it's 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? Let's 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 Eno's 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. Eno's 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 Brian's strange and slurred voice and he doesn't blend in to well with the simple piano part. Dead Finks Don't 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. It's 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 it's 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 Eno's boisterous voice the music's main focus is on the guitars, keyboards and percussion. Unpredictable instruments pop up in songs taking you by surprise such as violins, trumpets, and maracas. 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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April 29th 2006


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.

April 29th 2006


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.

April 29th 2006


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

April 29th 2006


I'm really interested in this album.

Robert Crumb
May 13th 2006


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

May 30th 2006


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.

May 13th 2007


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?

February 23rd 2008


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.

July 23rd 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

I love the closing title track

April 11th 2010


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.

September 13th 2010


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.

February 13th 2011


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


February 15th 2011


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

March 9th 2013



April 17th 2013


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

April 17th 2013


Bump in the honor of Eno !

April 17th 2013


Wow stop it

April 17th 2013


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

October 10th 2013


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

January 8th 2014


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 ├╝ber-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!


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