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Nerve Net


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  • Audio CD (September 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fractal Zoom
2. Wire Shock
3. What Actually Happened?
4. Pierre In Mist
5. My Squelchy Life
6. Juju Space Jazz
7. The Roil, The Choke
8. Ali Click
9. Distributed Being
10. Web
11. Web (Lascaux Mix)
12. Decentre

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I guess some people just can't handle anything beyond ambient music.
meltdowner
When the EP and then cd albums came out, this was the freshest synth sound since kraftwerk 70s, new order 80s, Enos sound was the 90s..
shannon eric yeager
Mr Eno is the master of his unique sound, and he is very consistent in how to use it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
An album much maligned for what it is not rather than what it is, Eno's "Nerve Net" is a record deserving reevaluation. Admittedly not a masterpiece per se, it is a good record deserving of reevaluation. Certainly its reissue is as good a time as ever.

The history of the album is what drives opinion of it-- evidentally Eno had planned a vocal record, his first since 1977's "Before and After Science" (this year's "Another Day on Earth" is the album that eventually filled that criteria) to be called "My Squelchy Life". At some point, Eno determined this was a mistake, and "Nerve Net" appeared reusing some of this material. Far from an ambient album, the record is a foray into sort of looped rock music, and presages much of the late '90s techno/rock fusion.

The material on here works best when Eno coaxes great playing out of the musicians involved-- there's no doubt he knows how to construct a piece, but working in collaboration requires strong performance. Pieces like opener "Fractal Zoom" (with its upbeat drum loop and great bass under the synth driven wash), "Juju Space Jazz" (precisely what its name says it is) and "Distributed Being" (featuring an absolutely jaw dropping solo from Robert Fripp) are all among the best of Eno's non-ambient material. And yet, its quite an uneven album, for every great song, there's a less than intriguing piece like "What Actually Happened?" (with its irritatingly overprocessed vocal), spectacular misfire "Ali Click" (what sounds like a bad attempt at a rap) and the seemingly endless Lascaux Mix of "Web", which removes the Fripp guitar solo that was the highlight of the original track.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NeoMac on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was very put off by this album when I first bought it many years ago. I'm a fan of both Eno's ambient works and the first 4 classic electronic/pop albums he did. I'm not quite sure why I didn't like this one at first. I guess I've matured over the years and my tastes and horizons in electronic music have expanded. Anyone who dismisses this album after only one listen will be missing out on a very pleasurable, albeit slightly challenging listen. I would hasten to say that anyone who likes his very first album, Here Come the Warm Jets, should grow to like this one as well. I'm not comparing it stylistically to Jets, but it's similar in that it offers a variety of styles and sounds, some jarring, some repetitive and others that are just plain fun. Give it a chance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This isn't typical ambient Eno. If you're of the ambient ethos this probably isn't for you. If you're a musical explorer this is for you. It's chuck full of pulsating positively mesmerizing rythms that I find positively provocative. Ordinarily I listen to classical music, but when I'm in the mood for something completely different I listen to Nerve Net. It sends me to a completely different locale and I absolutely love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By greenearth_octobersky on July 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The one you've been waiting for if you liked MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS or some of Laurie Anderson's or Peter Garbiel's spacier, more abstract work. Frenetic and brilliantly structured.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a totally amazing hybrid album that mixes elements from all of Eno's previous works--ambient, vocal, rock--with a new sound for the 90s. Nerve Net could be considered his response to 1990's "Ambient" music by groups like the Orb. A must for fans of Eno and techno.
Note the supercrazy guitarwork by Fripp on some tracks, especially Distributed Being. Also, special guest appearance by John Paul Jones!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
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I have this cd for about ten years now and I still really like it. Mr Eno is the master of his unique sound, and he is very consistent in how to use it. On "Nerve Net" everything seems slightly warped and out-of-tune, yet ethereal, an ideal soundtrack for nighttime listening. Don't fall asleep though, some songs may lead to accidents - "What actually happened" brings on the feel of a harrowing rollercoaster ride through a dark and scary forest; "Juju Space Jazz" sounds like recorded on a boat rolling haplessly in the sea and may actually induce symptoms of seasickness, and the groove of "Ali Click" could lead to compulsive dancing. My only reservation is that some songs draw out a little, but this depends on the daily mood of the listener.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. McGrath on July 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album seems to have a permanent place in my CD changer; this is Eno's best album of the 90's by far (one of the few actually). A tad uneven at times but overall one of the most interesting pieces of modern music you will ever hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mclain Causey on August 17, 2012
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I think this is a terrific album. Not your typical Eno, though you can hear elements that went on the infect David Bowie's Outside album. It reminds me a bit of Future Sound of London's similarly atmospheric, dystopian, and bizarre classic ISDN.
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