NYC - Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
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  • Summary: Four Tet's Kieren Hebden and drummer Steve Reid team up for the fourth time on this album about New York City.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Recorded over two days in February, the six-track album never grates but instead remains funky and accessible without pandering to the listener. [Year End 2008]
  2. Despite repetitive structures and an average song length of over seven minutes, the duo hold interest with their sterling musicianship and artfully detailed performances.
  3. 80
    The duo's virtuosic picture of the 21st-century city feels so alive it might convince Escape From New York's Snake Plissken to return.
  4. It's as complex and funky as the city that inspired it. [Dec 2008, p.133]
  5. 60
    As with their third album, Can and Silver Apples are referenced, but there are additional moments here to please fans of both Terry Riley and Battles alike. [Dec 2008, p.94]
  6. 60
    The music is supposed to feel representative of the big apple, but, aside from the song titles, this is a feeling I failed to really grasp onto. Thankfully this is probably the least important part, because after listening to this record a few minutes I realized how special it really was.
  7. Reid’s creative phrasing and pulse games are, as always, a fascinating contrast to the rigid rhythmic grids typical of Four Tet constructions, but on NYC the pair doesn’t seem to find a happy middle ground anywhere.

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