BRIAN ENO Nerve Net/My Squelchy Life ★★★★ All Saints

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

In the 1990s, Brian Eno was at the height of his es­timable pro­lific pow­ers, and Nerve Net and My

Squelchy Life are – inar­guably, for Eno devo­tees – two of his most in­trigu­ing al­bums. Nerve Net (1992) steered clear of Eno’s am­bi­ent sig­na­tures, fo­cus­ing in­stead on mostly broody jazz-in­flu­enced and rock-ori­ented com­po­si­tions. As part of his la­bel’s se­ries of reis­sues, it is 1991’s My

Squelchy Life that will drag in Eno’s less fa­nat­i­cal fol­low­ers. This “lost” al­bum (it was com­pleted, pro­mo­tional copies sent out, then with­drawn) was pitched as Eno’s re­turn to the vo­cal-pop odd­i­ties of his 1970s solo al­bums, Here Come

the Warm Jets and Tak­ing Tiger Moun­tain (by Strat­egy). There’s the rub: while it doesn’t match the grand, oblique pop of those two sub­lime records, it nonethe­less punches far above its weight. brian-eno.net

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