High Water (Mark)

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The production is crystal clear and the soundstage huge, but the true achievement here stems from the huge difficulty in being able to tell where musical mastery has become studio wizardry, as the recording has the vitality and sensitivity of a live recording as well as the flawless sound and power of the synthetic.
  2. Spin
    83
    The added dissonant improvisation replaces the Blade Runner futurism of his hip-hop beats with a chilling Taxi Driver dread. [Apr 2004, p.94]
  3. A collection of nourishing soundscapes, all of which are just as jagged and defiant as El-P's hip-hop work.
  4. It has a very laidback, late night, smoky loft vibe going on.
  5. A compelling synthesis of the hip-hop producer's talents and the solid ensemble work of the Blue Series collective.
  6. The Wire
    70
    The results are pleasing and anticlimactic at once. [#240, p.57]
  7. E! Online
    67
    A quiet, meditative effort. [5 Mar 2004, p.68]
  8. Alternative Press
    40
    The unpredictable edge that's helped made the series a standout is gone. [May 2004, p.108]
  9. For the most part, what hampers the recording is a reliance on a single type of musical form: the vamp. Over simple (and endlessly repetitive) chordal structures, the players just noodle.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 24, 2015
    7
    This Jazz album is a very enjoyable listen. It combines elements of hip hop electronic and jazz music into an interesting avant garde fusion.This Jazz album is a very enjoyable listen. It combines elements of hip hop electronic and jazz music into an interesting avant garde fusion. El p is quite talented. Full Review »
  2. music411
    Mar 26, 2007
    8
    I found this relaxing record to be a very enjoyable listen. It is not over complex like many other El-P releases but it is afforded his thick I found this relaxing record to be a very enjoyable listen. It is not over complex like many other El-P releases but it is afforded his thick production leaving the players a lot of room to meander as they choose. Not the best it could have been but certainly not bad for a casual jazz listen. Think anti-acid jazz. Full Review »