Drawn From Life - Brian Eno and Peter Schwalm
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  • Summary: The first album in four years (since 1997's 'The Drop') for Brian Eno finds the legendary musician/producer paired for the first time with German DJ/percussionist J. Peter Schwalm. Longtime Eno friend Laurie Anderson provides vocals on one song, although most of the thirteen tracks are atmospheric, soundtrack-like instrumentals (some with strings). Believe it or not, Eno will be performing live in support of the album, with at least one scheduled date (at the Fuji Rock Festival on 29 July 2001). Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Surreal and disquieting, yet comforting, Drawn From Life chills your bones while it lulls you to sleep.
  2. They're both adept at the refined art of turning nothing new into something memorable. [#207, p.61]
  3. Drawn From Life features some of Eno's most tightly structured and accessible music in years.
  4. No, it's not visionary, but few know how to tenderly calibrate a digital landscape as skillfully as Eno. [6/1/01, p.91]
  5. 60
    Eno brings interesting and complex rhythmic counterpoints to his 3-a.m. atmospherics.... It all sounds so very sleepy in the end, and quite numbing, in a most uncomfortable way. [#51, p.92]
  6. It's impeccably recorded-- pretty at some points and vaguely somber at others-- but it never distinguishes itself.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. FilipL.
    Aug 5, 2001
    8
    Richly structured. Haunting. Intense. European. Concise. Futuristic yet traditional. Analog. Restless.
  2. BryanW.
    Sep 26, 2001
    8
    Another Eno soundtrack - you create the film.