Give - The Bad Plus
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  • Summary: The modern-jazz trio stick to the formula of their well-received 2003 debut on this sophomore effort, working again with producer Tchad Blake on a mix of originals and unlikely covers (this time out including Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and The Pixies' "Velouria").
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  1. There are eight originals seething with funky new millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights. [19 Mar 2004, p.65]
  2. By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music - bad in all the right ways.
  3. For all of their rock leanings, they are a jazz combo in the best way possible—each player brings a potent set of chops to his respective instrument.
  4. Like its predecessor, Give is edgy, irreverent, and yes, fun.
  5. 70
    It's perhaps a tad effortful here and there, but it's gloriously impolite. [Apr 2004, p.113]
  6. At times, the band sounds totally incongruous, off in their own sound-proof studios beating their instruments into submission. At other times, the three come together to produce a sophisticated and ceaselessly pleasurable jazz/pop synthesis.
  7. 40
    It's music that's all cleverness and fury from a distance, but when studied up close, it turns out to be pretty hollow. [Apr 2004, p.126]

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  1. Nathanb
    Apr 16, 2005
    10
    Brilliant!! Dave King,drummer of the bad plus is an the most innovative drummers since Brian Blade.Worth checking out becase of king alone. Brilliant!! Dave King,drummer of the bad plus is an the most innovative drummers since Brian Blade.Worth checking out becase of king alone. It also has the hippest version of Iron man. Run to the record store and buy it now. Expand
  2. RyanT
    Apr 24, 2006
    10
    The Bad Plus have released another intensely satisfying journey through foreign soundscapes. The group's ability to perform as one The Bad Plus have released another intensely satisfying journey through foreign soundscapes. The group's ability to perform as one instrument with one voice and instantly explode into a wall of sound is fantastic. Open your mind and let the rhythms sink in. This album is a gold mine of new sounds and rhythms wedded gracefully with ones familiar. Expand