Gist Is - Adult Jazz
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  • Summary: The debut release for the British alternative quartet led by Harry Burgess was produced by Tom Howe.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    Seeing a band carry on the complexities of long-form songs, especially when giving their entire selves up to the process while they’re at it, is the boldest a debut can be.
  2. 85
    Gist Is shows a lightness of touch that’s few and far between on debut records.
  3. Aug 1, 2014
    Without a doubt an audacious first effort, Adult Jazz have lovingly crafted a record of intriguing, ear-catching pop music on Gist Is.
  4. By the time you reach the gentle conclusion of ‘Bonedigger’, it’s clear Adult Jazz will be inspiring their own army of rip-offs before long.
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    Over time, a soulful, joyous record reveals itself. [Sep 2014, p.103]
  6. Aug 1, 2014
    It’s an unapologetically impressive and precise record that could do more to reach out and connect, rather than just dancing off, expecting the listener to follow.
  7. 50
    Unfortunately, it seems the desire to be wild and innovative eclipsed the will to create songs that hold together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 5, 2014
    The best new band of 2014. Beautiful album. Beautiful textures. Beautiful music. Nothing more to say. If you have not listened yet, what you waiting for? Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2014
    A splashing debut in the pool of modern music, 'Gist Is' calls upon the experimentation of Dirty Projectors or perhaps even Grizzly Bear, yet still maintains an exciting originality in the vein of those reveal-more-with-each-listen albums that are always a delight to discover and sink into with ears fully open. Expand
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    Rich is sound and feeling, Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' leaves a very strong impression. While capturing both of the best aspects of bands like The Dirty Projectors and Alt-J, Adult Jazz has come up with their own creation, and a very good one. Expand