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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B005NK1VGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

From the recordings that produced Drums Between the Bells--the acclaimed collaboration between Brian Eno and British poet Rick Holland--comes an all new EP titled Panic Of Looking. The 6 tracks continue the exploration of how lyric & song-writing are perceived in the post-everything era. As the Sunday Times (UK) suggests, ''the poems aren't sung, yet the pieces are undeniably songlike, first because the music refuses to act simply as background, but lurches frequently, sometimes unexpected to the fore, and second because we hear the meaning of the words in the way we normally pick up song lyrics,'' while WIRED Magazine calls Eno's soundscapes, ''a tapestry of pillowy synths, minorkey melodies, chiming guitars and skittering drums.'' All of these elements come together for the November 8th release of the EP, which was produced by Eno and features his original artwork on vinyl and CD formats.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on November 11, 2011
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These six tracks appear to be outtakes from Drums Between The Bells and all are quite good. For further details regarding the original release, please see my review of that title. Previous to this release, one track, In The Future, was available as a bonus track on the Japanese-only, single CD release of Drums Between The Bells. It was not located at the end of the album like an outtake, but was inserted within the rest of the material making it relevant to the whole. It is nice to see it available here for Western ears to hear. As is always the case with Eno releases, there is a Japanese-only bonus track on Panic Of Looking too, in this case: This Climate, placed at the end as track 7. Since there was room for this track on the U.S. release, I give it 4-stars. Actually, the entire content of this EP would have fit on the full album, Drums Between The Bells, and should have been to begin with. Mr. Eno certainly knows how to spread out his tracks for the highest monetary return from his completist fans.

If you own Drums Between The Bells, be it the single CD release or the deluxe 2 CD issue, this 16-minute EP (20 minutes for the Japanese version) compliments those to perfection and should be considered essential. If you do not own it already, considering purchasing it before buying the EP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dale 3433 on November 17, 2011
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I have the 2-CD version of Drums Between the Bells and I am glad to own the instrumental disk, which I think is more successful than the main CD. I'm not crazy about the execution of the spoken-word-over-music in Drums Between the Bells, in spite of the fact that I love Eno's work and I read, write, and edit poetry.

So, I was quite surprised that I like this little EP better than the main disk of Drums Between the Bells. The music works well and the vocals/poetry recitations just work better. If these are really outtakes from "Drums..." I'm really surprised they were, uh, taken out.

It's a bit pricey for 16 minutes, but I'd recommend this strongly for fans of Drums Between the Bells.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wh on November 30, 2011
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Brian Eno's new album brings something for old and new fans to look forward to with tracks like "In the Future". Brian Eno is the considered one of the major players in the category of Ambient Music. After leaving his band Roxy Music in the 1970s, Eno began to focus on a different type of music. He wanted to create music similar to environmental music, but he did not like the commercial aspects. After much thought on how to create a different soundscape, he came up with his first record Ambient Music in 1978 (Audio Culture). His idea came from how music was changing during the 70's to be used for our lives in a different way. He realized that he and his friends were looking for a particular type of music that could be used in a different way to go with their everyday lives that would be a continuous surrounding. This music would go with the ambience of their lives. It is a type of music that is meant to be played in the background for a variety of different situations.
This is the type of music Eno has been creating for years, but in 2011, Eno mixes things up with his new album Panic of Looking. One standout track from the album is "In the Future". It is a beautiful composition of Eno's ambient creation with renowned British poet Rick Holland narrating over the track. The combination brings the listener to a new world (in the future perhaps). The sound is almost melodic as Holland takes the listener to a sweet trance to a peaceful unknown world. The track elicits many of the aspects of Eno's earlier music, with ambient sounds that are perfect for playing in the background as well as building a mood for specific situations.
This track differs from much of Eno's earlier work however, because of the use of a human's voice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Starr on November 8, 2012
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If you're a fan of spoken word Poetry over Ambient music, you may find this to be an enjoyable listen. However, I find it to be more boring than anything else. The instrumental tracks sound good, but I'm not a huge fan of Rick Holland's sleep-inducing poetic recitations over Eno's thoughtful and warm compositions.

It's beyond incomprehensible to me that there is no instrumental disc to accompany this small handful of tracks that were "leftovers" from the "Drums Between the Bells" project. Wouldn't it have made more sense to have included these in their original forms with the first disc of "Drums" and to have simply tacked the instrumental tracks onto the bonus disc (for "Drums Deluxe") as opposed to having released a mere six songs at a single CD price? It reeks of typical music industry b.s. at the consumer's expense in my opinion and THAT'S where the TRUE panic lies sadly. It's not that these extra tracks offer anything uniquely fresh or different from the main project ANYWAY. Can you spell r-i-p-o-f-f?
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