"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Q FEBRUARY 2015 - by David Quantick
BRIAN ENO: NERVE NET / THE SHUTOV ASSEMBLY / NEROLI / THE DROP
Egghead producers 1992-97 solo output, plus rarities, repackaged.
Taking time off from shilling for the Man, or at least producing for stadium bands, Brian Eno is reissuing work from his slightly underrated '90s period - with, excitingly for many, unreleased material. Most notable is the appearance of the Great Lost Eno Album, 1991's My Squelchy Life, a wonderful return to Eno's surreal '70s vocal stylings that is less herky-jerky than the record it now accompanies as a bonus disc (1992's Nerve Net). The Shutov Assembly, a wonderful late return to ambient music also expanded with unreleased recordings, while 1993's Neroli - a single, quite lovely track - comes with New Space Music, an hour-long piece from 1992. The variety of music from this period, ranging from nervous funk to teardrop ambience, is emphasised by 1997's The Drop, which is now big sister to music from Eno's 77 Million Paintings exhibition in Japan in 2006. A decent set of reissues, made essential by their bonus material.