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  • Summary: The former member of Roxy Music brings his ambient melodies back with a new album, featuring spoken word from Rick Holland.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    90
    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
    80
    The decision to vary the speaking participants helps distinguish each piece, and gives the album just the hint of variety it needs.
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    75
    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.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    66
    The problem with it, beyond a handful of unflattering genre excursions, is a slight but persistent thinness of imagination.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    60
    Holland's fragmentary syntax, rendered in a variety of heavily treated voices, rarely proves as mesmeric as the music. [Aug 2011, p.116]
  6. 60
    It's pleasant enough, but sometimes the words do rather get in the way.
  7. Aug 22, 2011
    40
    The combination of Eno's obsession with stasis and his attachment to novelty for its own sake does the album in.

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  1. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    An '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? Expand