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Drums Between the Bells review - Brian Eno/Rick Holland

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

Drums Between the Bells

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We gave it a B-

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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