Drums Between the Bells

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Jul 5, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Aug 18, 2011
    If Small Craft on a Milk Sea was an installation piece in the museum of Brian Eno's career, requiring rapt attention to find meaning, Drums Between the Bells is modern art that immediately captures those witnessing it in a state of aesthetic arrest.
  2. Aug 22, 2011
    The cadences, demeanors and vocal tones certainly add an interesting wrinkle to Eno's dynamic, but a few exceptions aside, I'm generally too enraptured in his rich compositions to decipher the staggered wordplay.
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    The record, lacking choruses or pop hooks, isn't one to turn to for instant gratification. Instead, it's an engaging marriage of words and music.
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    The decision to vary the speaking participants helps distinguish each piece, and gives the album just the hint of variety it needs.
  5. Aug 22, 2011
    It is, frankly, classic Eno. Holland too emerges from it well, though his contributions tend to be less immediate.
  6. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2011
    Drums Between The Bells captures Eno in versatile and intricate mode. [Aug 2011, p.82]
  7. Aug 18, 2011
    An equally engaging sonic concept entitled Drums Between The Bells.
  8. Aug 22, 2011
    The newly minted Drums Between the Bells with poet Rick Holland, don't break ground, but serve as pleasant place-holders for Eno obsessives.
  9. Aug 22, 2011
    All the same, Drums Between the Bells makes for a richly atmospheric listen, one that allows the listener to cut the cord from reality and float off into a beautifully curated space.
  10. The Wire
    Aug 23, 2011
    Everything is warm and accessible, occasionally too much so. [Jul 2011, p.48]
  11. Aug 22, 2011
    At times Drums Between The Bells is too busy, too packed with musical style and incident, but its patchwork nature reveals itself over subsequent listens to be a largely rewarding one.
  12. The effect is softly inclusive without being entirely bland, and even if Holland's poetry doesn't ring your bell as poetry, then it certain works in this context as sound-art.
  13. Aug 18, 2011
    Like many of Eno's projects, Drums Between the Bells skips around fitfully off a loose central theme, leaving room for big stylistic gaps and a little bit of dead space.
  14. Aug 18, 2011
    Drums Between The Bells is challenging and complex, but evocative, rewarding, and not altogether fragmentary, not even (or especially) when you bust up the long-playing order.
  15. 67
    The glitch distortions and keyboard drones are well chosen, even when guest readers (including a woman from Eno's gym) prove hit and miss.
  16. Aug 22, 2011
    Holland's muse guides the album, and his ultra-serious counterculturalisms can be a drag after a while.
  17. Aug 18, 2011
    The problem with it, beyond a handful of unflattering genre excursions, is a slight but persistent thinness of imagination.
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  1. Sep 29, 2011
    An 'eclectic mix' I think. Some tracks with infectious rhythms, some simple melodies and ambient atmospheres, the usual clarity of productionAn 'eclectic mix' I think. Some tracks with infectious rhythms, some simple melodies and ambient atmospheres, the usual clarity of production and instrumentation. The spoken words occasionally grate, but are, on the whole, wonderfully playful and with a range of deliveries from the theatrical (one sounding like Judy Dench) to the processed (Kraftwerk might have produced it) there is plenty to engage both sides of the brian...or should that be Brain? Full Review »