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Drawn from Life

Brian Eno Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Venture
  • ASIN: B00005AKNC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. From That Moment
2. Persis
3. Like Pictures Part 1
4. Like Pictures Part 2
5. Night Traffic
6. Rising Dust
7. Intenser
8. More Dust
9. Bloom
10. Two Voices
11. Bloom (Instrumental)

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OUT OF PRINT 2001 collaborative album w/Peter Schwalm. Moody soundscapes and downtempo, spatial rhythms


Ambient pioneer Brian Eno has devoted much of his time to producing and making art than to his own music in recent years. Drawn From Life, his first album since 1997's The Drop is a collaboration with German percussionist and hip-hop DJ J. Peter Schwalm. The resultant sound is distinguished not by any move into the territory of urban beats but diverse, syncopated but determinedly downtempo, spatial rhythms. The 11 tracks all fall into the category of moody soundscapes--film scores for arthouse projects, but they're far from unapproachable--"Like Pictures Part 2" recalls "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" with minimal spoken word from Laurie Anderson over a sighing handclap rhythm, tinkling vibes and eastern strings, "Rising Dust" twinkles to a warm fuzz of electronica and vocodored piano. Meditative and absorbing, Drawn From Life is a counterpoint to silence. --Mike Pattenden

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4.0 out of 5 stars Soft, strong and very, very long. 6 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From the word go, this CD drifts languorously around the room absorbing and incorporating everything else into its environment.
It's much more filmic than some of Eno's other ambient works and the looping, loping drones and pads are offset with subliminal jazz beats (from J. Peter Schwalm) and interventionist vocals.
Laurie Anderson ("Like Pictures Part 2") contributes a disembodied techno-mantra and Lynn Gerlach sounding like a broken-hearted cyborg offers up a mournful, robotnik torch song on "Rising Dust". Neil Catchpole adds a deeper nursery rhyme voice-of-authority on "Intenser" which is one part mercury-river fusion, one part new age noodling and one part sub-Yello narrative which isn't entirely successful.
Meanwhile on the rest of the CD, Eastern strings come and go, musique-concrete found sounds emerge and hide again, and that subsonic bass thing that Eno does draws you in and keeps you attentive.
Eno and Schwalm create a totally immersive environment which moves around and inside your body like some kind of loved-up parasite.
The overall feel is lush, warm and involving. It's the first Eno CD which appears to reference his earlier work rather than build and mutate on what's gone before. For example on "More Dust" there are definitely elements remindful of his collaborative work with Bowie on "Low". Yet a track like "Bloom" is as adventurous and disorienting as anything by Autechre or any of those laptop bit-merchants in the electronica field.
Comparisons that spring to mind are Mark Isham, Talvin Singh, Goldfrapp, Funky Porcini, Future Sound of London and various Modern Composers such as Bjornstad and Darling or even Arvo Part in places.
This is definitely one of those Sunday morning fluffy duvet kind of records. Buy it "and...relax"!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eno is back to his best on this new release! 25 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having lost the plot sometime in the early nineties (in his solo work if not as a producer / co-writer) Eno is back to his best on this release. Working with German writer J. Peter Schwalm (also known as 'slop shop' on his own 'Poets Club Records' label Eno delivers some original and lush soundscapes. Intricate beats form the foundation of each track with unexpected, yet thoroughly intriguing harmonies and melodies adding the atmosphere. There is plenty of live instrumentation on the album - string sections, guitar and percussion. The sound in many places is reminiscent of Faultline's 'Closer colder' album on the LEAF label. Stand out tracks include 'Like Pictures part 2' which includes sampled speech from Laurie Anderson and 'More Dust' (perhaps a reference to the highly rated 'Dust and Glass' album by FARFIELD?). Eno had lost ground in recent years to other ambient artists such as Biosphere and Faultline. He has certainly regained his rightful place at the top of the ambient tree with this release and has stretched the genre in a new direction. Well worth buying!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different! 2 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
A real mixture of textures, from chilled out "Nerve Net" to classical trance with a touch of avant garde thrown in for good measure. Certainly different in the approach, it makes for interesting listening. The whole album has a laid back feel to it, ambient music with drums could be one way to describe it. One thing's for certain, Eno hasn't lost his touch, I was beginning to doubt whether he lost it after the clinical Koan based album "The Drop", its great to hear Eno using his mind to compose soundscapes, maybe he works better when collaborating? Not too sure about 'Bloom', the incidental voice's seem to distract from the music, luckily its made up for by the inclusion of the instrumental version.
Definitely worth adding to your Eno collection.
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