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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
College Music Journal NOVEMBER 10, 2000 - by Steve Ciabattoni
BRIAN ENO: NERVE NET
Back in the '70s, Brian Eno was far too busy redefining the way we listen to music to be dancing to disco. Now in 1992, however, he stumbles upon this new thing the kids are into - namely house and hip-hop. The result is Nerve Net, a spooky, beat-filled composite of Eno's past atmospheric voyages and recent tours through contemporary dance rhythms, and an album which makes "Eno-esque" increasingly difficult to define. If Eno ever shows interest in producing any of the more adventurous house or rap acts then Nerve Net (not to mention the seventy-minute-plus Fractal Zoom maxi-single!) serves as his ultimate business card/resume. Normally considered a technocrat, on Nerve Net Eno is in fact more concerned with the primitive sounds, coaxing ancient rhythms from his simple drum machines and using artificial keyboard noises. In a way this record is the distant, moody companion to recent trend-benders like Miles Davis' Doo-Bop and Ryuichi Sakamoto's Heartbeat, albums filled with an abundance of deep beats and other-worldly textures. He's got some Nerve: Fractal Zoom, the noir funk of Pierre In Mist, Decentre, Ali Click and Disturbed Being.