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  • Summary: The rock band releases its first album of new material since 2004's "It's All Around You."
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Call it the fascinating intersection of jazz, lounge, prog and electro, if you must, but ultimately Tortoise produce music of the most valuable and enduring kind--beyond genres and labels, in a category all of its own.
  2. There’s plenty here for diehards to dissect (Wilhelm scream, anyone?) but the album’s real draw is its outright appeal to those unversed in the band’s back catalog.
  3. Beacons Of Ancestorship is pretty much what the avid Tortoise fan would consider par for the course, in that its a veering cascade of inherent surprises that never fails to astound, amaze or disappoint.
  4. Rather than the longer, complex compositions, the four shortest tracks here are the most intriguing, as they compress Tortoise’s way of layering disparate ideas into brief, disorienting beatscapes.
  5. Tortoise have made a welcome escape from the dusty ’90s indie crypt.
  6. So, despite feeling that this is a good, rather than great, album, my score for it may have gone up a point or so by the end of the year. Here’s to the return of Tortoise...
  7. Sadly, their own sixth album lacks the drive of either Battles or Mogwai. [Aug 2009, p.113]

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  1. ChrisS
    Jun 26, 2009
    9
    WTF. Yeah you should buy Sunn O)))'s album instead, because metacritic gave it a 10(!). There's nothing wrong with this album. If WTF. Yeah you should buy Sunn O)))'s album instead, because metacritic gave it a 10(!). There's nothing wrong with this album. If you want to buy a relaxing album this is your cue. I wish people would stop comparing every subsequent release to "millions....". Expand
  2. RobertB
    Jun 28, 2009
    9
    Best since TNT. The first half of the disc is stunning.