Peepers - Polar Bear
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  • Summary: The Mercury Prize-nominated experimental jazz band releases its fourth album.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. We can speculate as to how their ethos and focus was developed from time spent in the company of other imaginative musicians – it could well be essential to their consistent evolution – but the evidence on Peepers leaves no doubt as to how successful this union of education and expression is.
  2. An invigorating album, then, and one that says a great deal despite being instrumental the whole way through.
  3. Rochford's mix of circus-oompah patterns, punchy funk with neatly-spliced jazzy offbeats and encyclopaedic world-rhythm references mean you could listen to this compelling set just for him.
  4. 80
    The rest is equally compelling, oscillating between eccentric skronk essays, woozy nocturnes, and harmonic hymns. It's jazz shorn of cliche that demands to be taken on its pigeonhole rebuffing merits. [Mar 2010, p.92]
  5. Peepers is every bit as good, talented musicians reworking the rulebook with hearts and minds at play.
  6. Four albums in, Polar Bear are clearly trying new things, ensuring that their brand of jazz-punk remains at the forefront of forward-thinking jazz music with an incessant desire to rebel against current trends.
  7. Peepers mostly whizzes by in a heady blur, but when they paise for thought, a whole new layer of depth and intrigue emerges. [Apr 2010, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jacob
    Mar 18, 2010

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