Give

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2004
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    There are eight originals seething with funky new millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights. [19 Mar 2004, p.65]
  2. Dry, cavernous production by studio pro Tchad Blake lends Give some of its uniqueness, but more crucial is The Bad Plus' way of thinking through jazz compositions with a pop mind.
  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. Another eclectic, bold and idiosyncratic concoction of modern jazz.
  5. Another gripping CD of thunder and grace.
  6. By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music - bad in all the right ways.
  7. Like its predecessor, Give is edgy, irreverent, and yes, fun.
  8. Mojo
    70
    It's perhaps a tad effortful here and there, but it's gloriously impolite. [Apr 2004, p.113]
  9. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »