Brian Eno

Ali Click

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According to several of the seven mixes on the CD EP Ali Click, "Brian's been amusing his friends by chewing on some plastic flashbulbs." "Ali Click" the tune, originally released on Eno's superb Nerve Net, is a groovy, rhythmic techno rocker perfectly suitable for creating dance mixes. Eno's sound-over-sense lyrics, presented in rap-like rhymes, heighten the composition's appeal. The closing track, "I Fall Up," is the real climax here. Originally recorded for Eno's unreleased My Squelchy Life (1993), this cut is also included on the three-CD box set, Brian Eno: Vocal. Like "Ali Click," "I Fall Up" is abundant with choice phoenetic jabberwocky ("More volts/I'm sucking the juice from the generator/Burn up/turn into a lanky housemaid/Sail up/I'm cackling off to the Congo"). The music is just as quirky, comprised of rhythms, sounds and, at times, tape effects reminiscent of Cluster/Eno's "Tzima N'arki" and Bowie/Eno's "African Night Flight." The cover of the Digipak CD case features an image from "Geological Cinema," a 1992 installation by Brian Eno.

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