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11. Web (Lascaux Mix)
12. Decentre

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  • Audio CD (September 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Reprise/Maverick
  • ASIN: B000002MFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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I guess some people just can't handle anything beyond ambient music.
meltdowner
Most would agree this is not Eno's absolute best, but I give it 5 stars because it is absolutely great for what it is and what it's trying to do.
Rich Latta
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..
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23 of 26 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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10 of 10 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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12 of 13 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn VINE VOICE on December 6, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Note: most of the reviews here discuss the original releases, not the new, late 2014 two-disc extended version, which I discuss below.

I remember when I first heard the 1992 Nerve Net. I had found the CD in a used record store, back in the pre-internet days when you couldn't find this type of music easily. I had no awareness of what Eno had been recording since the last records of his I had bought in the early 1980s. Nerve Net is a kick in the head, an aggressive electronic music that begins with the catchy, reverbed beat of Fractal Zoom, and continues through 12 songs that redefine electronic music. There are synthesizers, of course, but these are harsh, metallic, industrial sounds, all bearing, nevertheless, the marks of Eno's layering and textures. The searing guitar of Robert Fripp comes to the forefront on Wire Shock, and Pierre in Mist features a quirky, jazzy sound that Eno would later use on The Drop. The best track on the album is Web (Lascaux Mix), a dark, droning ambient work with Fripp's guitar sounding like a demon trying to break out of a rhythmic prison.

At the time, this wasn't an easy album to listen to. I probably spun it a few times, then put it aside for a decade. But over the years, I've listened to it more and more, appreciating how far ahead of its time Nerve Net was; many of the sounds on this album are now common in electronic music.

The bonus disc with Nerve Net is the 1991 album My Squelchy Life, which, after being completed, and after promotional copies circulated, was withdrawn and never released until now. Some of the songs have appeared on various other collections or recordings, such as Eno's Vocal Box Set, Shutov Assembly, and even Another Day on Earth (Under). It's a mixture between Eno's more accessible side and the dark sounds of Nerve Net, and it's delightful to hear it. (Though it has been widely bootlegged, and isn't hard to find.)
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