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College Music Journal MAY 22, 2001 - by Steve Ciabattoni
BRIAN ENO & J. PETER SCHWALM: DRAWN FROM LIFE
Brian Eno is one-of-a-kind, but the Edison of ambient arguably has more success in collaboration (landmarks with Bono, Bowie, Budd and Byrne come to mind). Where 1994's The Drop proposed a robotic free jazz, Drawn From Life is more composed - "modern chamber music" Eno suggests. The German DJ J. Peter Schwalm assists in the audio feng shui, draping fabrics of brushed drum samples and nimble tech skitterings amid Eno's spacious and colorful waves of synths. Voices play a key role, with Laurie Anderson and a warped Eno adding an alternately comforting and disquieting human element. Even Eno's young daughters make a cameo, chirping away with dad amid a chill-out groove on the brilliant, blissful Bloom. Eno's work can inspire arty and overly intellectual discussion, but a remarkably welcoming listen like Drawn From Life reminds one that, ultimately, he is making music to be enjoyed on a much more sensual level.