Brian Eno: Drums Between the Bells (Warp) | Under The Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022  

Brian Eno

Drums Between the Bells

Warp

Jul 05, 2011 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share



Lately, Brian Eno has been quite fond of playing with others. In 2008, he and David Byrne released the fantastic Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and, last year, he dropped his Warp debut, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, a collaboration with Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. On Drums Between the Bells, Eno has paired himself with an entirely new kind of partner: poet Rick Holland.

On Drums, unidentified male and female voices, which have been subtly manipulated and pitch-shifted, read Holland’s poetry over Eno’s instrumentals. The vaguely robotic quality in the vocals meshes well with Eno’s eclectic musical beds. The album starts strong with “Bless This Space,” a rambunctious, jazzy track that sports a gnarled guitar solo solely indebted to Marc Ribot. Lead single “Glitch” is a, yes, glitchy slab of Underworld-style electro-pop. Unfortunately, “Glitch” is, like Small Craft‘s lead single “2 Forms of Anger,” the exception and not the rule for the album.

Eno’s compositions are frequently innovative and melodic but, as the album moves into the second half, quality control gets weaker and weaker. Some tracks feel like nothing more than aimless spoken-word bits (think Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier”). The longest tracks“The Real” and “Breath of Crows”suffer the most. Aside from “Bless This Space” and “Glitch,” and the almost-industrial grind of “Almost Alien,” the tracks that work best hew close to the classic ambient precedents in Eno’s career: Another Green World, Apollo, and Music for Airports.

It’s hard to fault Eno for wanting to work outside his wheelhouse a bit and find new avenues for creative collaboration. Even if this project isn’t a wholly qualified success, Eno is still (at the age of 63) putting most of his peers to shame. (www.brian-eno.net)

Author rating: 6/10

Rate this album
Average reader rating: 7/10



Comments

Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published

URL

Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

GrettY
March 8th 2012
7:33pm

just what an fantastic site. The information helps me personally with my study. I am at school and I have a school assignment to create. I was gonna get custom essay on abortion on-line, luckily your page has made it simpler for me cope with authors obstruct and i also find that I can move forward on my own. Thanks all for this really good material.

Thesis Writing Service
April 16th 2012
1:09am

Very good publish. Terrific strategies contributed. Appreciate your site. cheap dissertations Enjoy.

JenningsLillian24
July 27th 2012
11:01am

The personal loans suppose to be useful for guys, which want to organize their company. As a fact, it’s easy to receive a college loan.

RUSHShanna
January 28th 2013
1:42pm

Following my own monitoring, thousands of people all over the world get the loan at different creditors. So, there’s great possibilities to find a auto loan in every country.

AlbertJanice24
August 1st 2013
8:45am

I would like to propose not to hold off until you get big sum of cash to buy goods! You can take the loans or just commercial loan and feel comfortable