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  • Summary: The jazz trio introduces vocals by Wendy Lewis on its latest album of cover songs.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Bringing in an unknown vocalist, Minneapolis alt-rocker Wendy Lewis, may sound like a risk, but it works exceedingly well.
  2. This is one of the most compelling releases yet by one of the new jazz's finest bands to emerge in the 21st century.
  3. 80
    The band make each piece their own on this, their most satisfying set for years. [Dec 2008, p.102]
  4. If this all sounds like a dog’s breakfast of sound, it is--the tunes themselves only occasionally work.
  5. For All I Care, the trio’s first all-covers album, underscores their capacity for democratizing yet again, but the fitful ease of amalgamating Ligeti’s stark neoclassicism ('Fem (Etude No. 8)') with Heart’s goofy lilt ('Barracuda') sounds too harmless, with or without a powerful singer. [Winter 2009]
  6. 60
    Here they continue their mission with bashes at Wilco, Pink Floyd, and a straight-but-great take on Yes' 'Long Distance Runaround.' [Dec 2008, p.81]
  7. In the end, For All I Care isn’t a bad album. It’s just a very unremarkable effort from a band that we’ve grown to expect so much more from.

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