Mobile

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2006
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Give Mobile time, and it will fasten itself, embed its patterns, and stay with you longer than you could have imagined a solo percussion album ever could.
  2. There are very few albums being made quite like this, so do partake.
  3. Kotche delivers on all accounts, tastefully propelling the music into timelessness, nearly filling the shoes of his faves: The Band’s Levon Helm, Beefheart’s Drumbo.
  4. While it is obviously a showcase for Kotche's admirable skills as a drummer, more importantly it reveals his considerable abilities as a composer, too.
  5. Mojo
    70
    A specialist release, perhaps, but one that is ambitious, accessible and beautifully played. [May 2006, p.112]
  6. The Wire
    70
    A high-level concept album that never wastes a note. [#266, p.59]
  7. Although these pieces are wrought with meticulous detail, they're rarely memorable.
  8. Demonstrates... that artists are rarely more inspired than when creating for themselves alone.
  9. Billboard
    60
    Fans of Wilco will certainly oblige Kotche's singular visions; fans of "Being There," maybe not so much.
  10. Uncut
    60
    At times, it's as if he's paying homage to his touchstones rather than using them for grist. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  11. The New York Times
    40
    A studious, slightly overcomposed record; we don't hear Mr. Kotche's own rich, natural drum-kit sound so much as the dried fruit of his research. [20 Mar 2006]
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  1. MusicaliDrew
    Jun 7, 2006
    8
    Much better, much more musical than one would expect. It's not just an album of drum solos, it's an album of songs. Recommended by me.