Drums Between the Bells (2011) Not since Jack Kerouac recited over a piano has poetry had much pop life. Ambient icon Brian Eno aims to reanimate that tradition with Drums… 2011-07-05 Brian Eno Electronic Warp
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Drums Between the Bells (2011)

Brian Eno | ENO-PHILE The U2 producer's collab with poet Rick Holland has hits and misses
ENO-PHILE The U2 producer's collab with poet Rick Holland has hits and misses
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 05, 2011; Lead Performance: Brian Eno; Genre: Electronic; Production: Warp

Not since Jack Kerouac recited over a piano has poetry had much pop life. Ambient icon Brian Eno aims to reanimate that tradition with Drums Between the Bells, taking the minimalist poems of Rick Holland and setting them in another digital world. The glitch distortions and keyboard drones are well chosen, even when guest readers (including a woman from Eno's gym) prove hit and miss. When sound and text work together, though — as on the hypnotic, monotonic opener — the mix comes off hipper than Kerouac's poetry slams. B-

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Originally posted Jul 13, 2011 Published in issue #1164 Order article reprints