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  • Summary: The fourth solo release for the Dirty Three guitarist features guest appearances from Peggy Frew, Caroline Kennedy-McCracken, Oliver Mann, Kishore Ryan, Ian Wadley, and Jeff Wegener.
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  1. Nov 19, 2013
    90
    Here he successfully creates a convergence of harmonious and dissonant sounds, tensions and spaces, which reflect the subtleties in the complex emotions that construct such a powerful force.
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    87
    Don’t Tell The Driver spends the whole of its hour-long running time in what feels like a slow melt, with melodies sliding down its surface alluringly.
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    Don’t Tell the Driver is far too gorgeously personal, too hushed, too subtle, too free-rangingly ruminative to ever play out on a public stage. Instead its chaotic swirls, its muted flares of brass, its clackety storms and ebbs of drumming seem destined to play out in private theaters.
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    70
    Turner is clearly a sensitive, thoughtful and probably pleasant man whose musicianship is way less pretentious than is being advertised.
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    70
    Turner’s unpredictable guitar work here is of a piece with the other elements in these compositions, but the ruffled imperfection of it all is quite beautiful in its difficulty.
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    60
    As always, the emotions lie in the spaces between the pellucid notes.
  7. Dec 16, 2013
    60
    It's apparent that a lot of work has gone into paring these jams down into a focused and always interesting collection.

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