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  • Summary: The Chicago post-rock instrumentalists add vocals (courtesy of Kelly Hogan) into the mix for the first time on this, their fifth LP.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
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  1. 90
    Evidence that these musical minds are sharper than ever. [Jun 2004, p.87]
  2. Tortoise have created another batch of distinct, inimitable songs that strike a perfect balance between the academic and the playful, the immediate and the eternal.
  3. It's All Around You has both serious ambience and serious grooves, it rocks occasionally, and it doesn't dip into jazz nearly as much as some of their past releases.
  4. Although the album doesn't knock the ball out of the park on first listen, ultimately it reveals just enough cool ideas to keep things interesting.
  5. Too many tracks on It’s All Around You don’t quite measure up to the compositional quality or imagination of previous works.
  6. It's All Around You soon becomes just another Tortoise record, so close to previous records in composition and execution that it's virtually deja vu for any listeners who know the band well.
  7. It's All Around You middles about with infuriatingly placid tracks that suggest a fading band merely treading water.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jessie
    May 5, 2007
  2. joshm
    Apr 21, 2004
    Anything from the lads in Tortoise is a welcome experience. In fact, it's always a new experience depending on how receptive one is to their lens of how music can transport, inspire and enhance. It's All Around You marks just one more beautiful and enchanting chapter in the indelible and magical book that these creative and musical auteurs have published, and I can only hope that when the conclusion finally arrives, it will cap off every great tune from Cornpone Brunch to Glass Museum to I Set My Face to the Hillside to Seneca and to Five Too Many. Expand
  3. peterS.
    May 21, 2004
    this is their best cd yet
  4. MIKEW
    Jan 23, 2006
    one of the best albums as a whole i've ever heard. the songs piece together as in Pink Floyd's dark side of the moon. there is no star of the band in tortoise. the band is one solid mass that can communicate better than most bands without using a single word. Expand
  5. DugginsB
    Nov 14, 2006
    Excellent album.
  6. wackyman
    Apr 27, 2004
    instead of focussing on experiment and small details tortoise have focussed more on the songs themselves on their latest is that a bad thing? not really, althoug some critics. will disagree cause they are more accesible with this album Expand
  7. FuCKOff
    Dec 26, 2005
    One of the worst albums ever released.

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