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  • Summary: Kieran Hebden releases a 30-minute, four-track minialbum.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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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. Q Magazine
    Invoking the spirit of minimalist commposer Steve Reich, Hebden crafts music of fragile beauty fron the simplest sonic palette. [June 2008, p.142]
  4. Under The Radar
    As a placeholder, Ringer is nice enough return for Four Tet, but I’m still holding out hope that an upcoming album will be something extra special. [Summer 2008]
  5. His jazz residency has fine-tuned his ear for the subtle yet beautifully complex mannerisms, melodies, and polyrhythms that flourish on Ringer, which, more than anything, helps us pick Hebden’s thoughts for clues on his next development.
  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.