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. 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. It has a very laidback, late night, smoky loft vibe going on.
  4. A collection of nourishing soundscapes, all of which are just as jagged and defiant as El-P's hip-hop work.
  5. A compelling synthesis of the hip-hop producer's talents and the solid ensemble work of the Blue Series collective.
  6. The results are pleasing and anticlimactic at once. [#240, p.57]
  7. A quiet, meditative effort. [5 Mar 2004, p.68]
  8. 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.
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  1. music411
    Mar 26, 2007
    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 »