Inclusions - Ben Sollee
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  • Summary: The second solo album for the cellist from Kentucky blends ideas from other music genres and was produced by Duane Lundy.
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  1. May 12, 2011
    85
    It's a surprising and rewarding journey, one best experienced with a good pair of headphones--where the intimacy is at its highest.
  2. 80
    Inclusions is a thoughtful and thoroughly imaginative album about what a huge and complicated undertaking it is to truly relate to other human beings, what with all our mismatches in expectations and differences in background, experience and belief.
  3. May 12, 2011
    80
    Given the classically trained cellist's indie leanings, it isn't surprising that Sollee would follow in the vein of acts like Sufjan Stevens, but it's a testament to his unique talents that Inclusions emerges as a distinctive, compelling record.
  4. Jun 27, 2011
    70
    Landing well above a genre bedeviled by the twin albatrosses of solipsistic whining and overwrought political grandstanding, lyrically Sollee's songs feel well-worn yet sturdy. But they stand out chiefly because the array of melodic and textural effects available to a cellist is much different than your run-of-the-mill fingerpickin' crooner.
  5. Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Inclusions has many of the Sollee hallmarks: imaginative arrangements, wicked humor, and, most importantly, loads and loads of good singin' and good playin'.
  6. 60
    Through these tracks and beyond, Sollee keeps things interesting with his sonic creations.
  7. Dec 14, 2011
    60
    Inclusions is not an album for any typical audience, though those with more esoteric and adventurous tastes may embrace it.
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