Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets (1974)

AllMusic Review: Eno’s solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets, is a spirited, experimental collection of unabashed pop songs on which Eno mostly reprises his Roxy Music role as “sound manipulator,” taking the lead vocals but leaving much of the instrumental work to various studio cohorts (including ex-Roxy mates Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay, plus Robert Fripp and others). Eno’s compositions are quirky, whimsical, and catchy, his lyrics bizarre and often free-associative, with a decidedly dark bent in their humor (“Baby’s on Fire,” “Dead Finks Don’t Talk”). Yet the album wouldn’t sound nearly as manic as it does without Eno’s wildly unpredictable sound processing; he coaxes otherworldly noises and textures from the treated guitars and keyboards, layering them in complex arrangements or bouncing them off one another in a weird cacophony. Avant-garde yet very accessible, Here Come the Warm Jets still sounds exciting, forward-looking, and densely detailed, revealing more intricacies with every play. — Steve Huey

Track Listing:

All tracks are written by Brian Eno, except where noted.

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Needles in the Camel’s Eye” Eno, Phil Manzanera 3:11
2. “The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch” 3:04
3. “Baby’s on Fire” 5:19
4. “Cindy Tells Me” Eno, Manzanera 3:25
5. “Driving Me Backwards” 5:12
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “On Some Faraway Beach” 4:36
2. “Blank Frank” Eno, Robert Fripp 3:37
3. “Dead Finks Don’t Talk” Eno; arranged by Paul Thompson, Busta Jones, Nick Judd, Eno 4:19
4. “Some of Them Are Old” 5:11
5. “Here Come the Warm Jets” 4:04

 

 

Schill Score: 7.5/10

 

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