"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Metro JULY 3, 2011 - by John Lewis
DRUMS BETWEEN THE BELLS IS ODDLY UNSATISFYING
Pop's favourite egghead producer takes verses by little-known poet pal Rick Holland and sets them to music.
Eno assembles his characteristic mix of industrial techno beats and drifty ambient noises and gets assorted friends to read Holland's words over the top, sometimes declaiming them, arrhythmically, sometimes singing or chanting them in tempo.
The result is oddly unsatisfying. Poets complain pop lyrics aren't proper poetry: that even the best lyrics can sound banal in isolation, lacking the in-built rhythm and drama of 'pure' poems.
But, likewise, 'pure' poems don't work as pop lyrics: the music distracts us from the words and the words distract us from the music.