Ringer - Four Tet
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  • Summary: Kieran Hebden releases a 30-minute, four-track minialbum.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. This album is a knowing genre-piece and incessantly listenable effort from one who some were beginning to suspect had become lost in a desert of his own vision.
  2. Far from venturing further into the polyrhythmic interior, four long tracks find him drawing closer to techno's primal pulse, until celestial finale 'Wing Body Wing' squares the Afro/Detroit circle with a single dramatic power-chord.
  3. While Ringer may not be his most towering achievement, his expert navigation of yet another new world of sound maintains the (hopefully) growing belief that for better or worse, a Four Tet release is always an interesting and rewarding listen (at the very least).
  4. At four songs, Ringer is economical, but the diversity within its half-hour run time makes it surprisingly robust as well.
  5. Ringer may not be as varied as some of Hebden’s prior releases yet it is certainly a unique stab into the vast world of electronica.
  6. Ringer is another step forward in one man's ongoing aural self-actualization through refinement of his experiences and influences.
  7. Truthfully, it's a mellow Sunday afternoon after a hard night's clubbing: perfectly pleasant, but quite forgettable.

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  1. BenM.
    Jun 27, 2008
    A very pleasing and satisfying listen. What a talented guy. Best for listening over headphones.