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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. wackyman
    Apr 27, 2004
    8
    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
  2. Ryanc
    Mar 4, 2005
    9
    Majesic, warm and reminiscent of the more listenable elements of both 70's Eno and the recent Mogwai release. Excellent. With TNT and this, you cant go wrong
  3. JohannT
    Apr 8, 2004
    8
    Don't expect to find a revolutionary kind of music - Tortoise had already made a semi-revolution before, and has now found the sound they like. No. The thing is that you don't wan't to say to your nerd friends that a Tortoise album is just "great". You would want to say it's "perfect". It is great. It is not a masterpiece. A sound as great as before. As "innovative" as Don't expect to find a revolutionary kind of music - Tortoise had already made a semi-revolution before, and has now found the sound they like. No. The thing is that you don't wan't to say to your nerd friends that a Tortoise album is just "great". You would want to say it's "perfect". It is great. It is not a masterpiece. A sound as great as before. As "innovative" as it was - so not anymore. But these melodies... And this listening comfort... It fells like a musical humungous armchair... Expand
  4. Jessie
    May 5, 2007
    10
    Excellent!
  5. joshm
    Apr 21, 2004
    9
    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 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
  6. peterS.
    May 21, 2004
    9
    this is their best cd yet
  7. MIKEW
    Jan 23, 2006
    9
    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.
  8. FuCKOff
    Dec 26, 2005
    0
    One of the worst albums ever released.
  9. DugginsB
    Nov 14, 2006
    9
    Excellent album.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 40
    Documents a continuing decline. [May 2004, p.93]
  2. 84
    A choice specimen of audio sophisitication. [#9, p.106]
  3. Tortoise continue to traverse a vast sonic universe on their thrilling, experimental fifth CD. [16 Apr 2004, p.78]