It's All Around You


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. The music is consistently fresh, fascinating, and evocative... the band’s best album to date.
  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. Urb
    Evidence that these musical minds are sharper than ever. [Jun 2004, p.87]
  4. The LP as a whole is a remarkable collection of ideas, which manages to be overwhelmingly creative, but intrinsically listenable.
  5. Filter
    A choice specimen of audio sophisitication. [#9, p.106]
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Tortoise continue to traverse a vast sonic universe on their thrilling, experimental fifth CD. [16 Apr 2004, p.78]
  7. Tortoise may be the only band that can match the everything-mashup steez, sonic skills, conceptual ambition, and breakbeat heat of the Roots.
  8. The A.V. Club
    The album's back half falls prey to some of the group's ponderous tendencies, taking long, slow detours through watered-down mood rock. But missteps are exceptions on It's All Around You, which casts the members of Tortoise as musical tourists governed by wandering eyes rather than anxiously readied cameras.
  9. 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.
  10. Not quite jazz, not quite electronica, and not quite indie rock, Tortoise continues to define and evolve their own compelling cosmology.
  11. While it may not match the exuberant authority of a band at the height of its powers, set by Millions Now Living eight years ago, it does manage to prove itself worthy, in its own way, of the distinct creative voice that high-water mark captured so well.
  12. Spin
    For all their sonic salad-tossing, Tortoise can't fade guitarist Jeff Parker, the band's secret weapon and the one dude whose instrument connects them explicitly to their college-radio roots. [May 2004, p.107]
  13. The sonic surprises scattered throughout... make the journey worthwhile.
  14. It's all Around You isn't their best -- or most challenging -- work, but it's a sign the band is still making music in a bubble.
  15. It's All Around You is a work of elegant, unhurried subtlety, shorn of the group's more pompous excesses, if also some of their muscle.
  16. The Wire
    Although there are no new dimensions here,... this still feels like musical fresh mint. [#242, p.67]
  17. 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.
  18. Tortoise have, in the past, asked more from their listeners. This time they let us off a little too easy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User 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. DugginsB
    Nov 14, 2006
    Excellent album.
  3. 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 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. Full Review »