Live at the South Bank

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Dec 12, 2011
    90
    This scorching set of amplified electro-acoustic spiritualism between the pair and the mighty Mats is an effective snapshot of the potential for what could have been.
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    Live at the South Bank is an artfully and spiritually satisfying coda to a long and criminally underappreciated career.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 1, 2011
    80
    The synergy between electronics and organic instrumentation, sometimes an arid and baffling blend in improv, makes this a thrilling listen. [Dec 2011, p.87]
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    This two-CD set is now a welcome addition to what eventually became Reid's late-period re-emergence following decades of hip multi-genre collaborations amid a veil of semi-obscurity.
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Unapologetic, progressive and complex, it's adventurous, indulgent post jazz, brimming with spirit. Absolutely exhilarating.
  6. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    On South Bank--the most vital and essential document of Reid and Hebden's five-year partnership--it feels clear that, at least onstage, they were finally able to go the distance.
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Joined by the similarly un-categorizable Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson, Live at the South Bank is an onslaught of sound.
  8. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    This is crossover free-jazz of a rare power.
  9. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Probably the last recording of Reid playing live, before his death in April 2010, it is a fittingly energetic and exuberant performance.
  10. Jan 10, 2012
    68
    For either Reid or Hebden completists, Live at the South Bank is a useful and worthwhile artifact. For someone seeking entry to the catalogues of two vital artists, this is a thorny and difficult listen.
  11. Under The Radar
    Jan 30, 2012
    60
    It's not an oeuvre that appeals too many people, but Live At The South Bank will be rewarding if you favor plenty of experimentation in your music. [#39, p.74]
  12. The Wire
    Dec 8, 2011
    50
    It's more letdown than meltdown, as veteran drummer Steve Reid runs out steam about halfway through disc two. [Dec 2011, p.70]

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