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  • Summary: The two-disc set from Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline sees him returning to his jazz roots with this album influenced by Ed Ruscha paintings.
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  • Record Label: Cryptogramophone
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Jazz Instrument, Guitar Jazz, Modern Composition, Vocal Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Conceptual Art, Structured Improvisation
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Dec 16, 2010
    DIRTY BABY is a singular accomplishment, presented in a fashion that demands more of the listener's attention but buy pays off handsomely.
  2. Dec 16, 2010
    It has the ability to erase past Cline endeavors from your memory. Not because previous recordings weren't excellent, but because the eclecticism of Dirty Baby makes for such a strong listening experience.
  3. Dec 16, 2010
    Timbrally, this is just another Nels Cline offering with all of its variety and surprise, but musically, it's his most mature and satisfying.
  4. Dec 16, 2010
    Overall, it's less about abstract guitar heroics than his usual projects. But hearing Cline get freaky with such a wide palette and such a sharp ensemble (including twin brother Alex on drums) is a new shade of thrill.
  5. Dec 17, 2010
    It's less satisfying than Initiate, but Nels Cline has been an uncategorisable innovator for two decades, and certainly remains one.
  6. Village Voice
    Dec 22, 2010
    The result comes across like the score to a film that never quite stays in focus, except for a bit of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone in the second movement.