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  • Summary: Producer Joachim Dyrdahl's music was commissioned for Norway's Oye festival, which this third album contains.
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  1. Jul 6, 2011
    80
    Sagara shows the Norwegian to be an equally effective mood painter without his trusty beats, and in some respects, his accomplishment here is his most adept and impressive yet.
  2. The Wire
    Aug 17, 2011
    70
    This is no simplistic exercise in cross-cultural groove making--Dyrdahl has responded more to gamelan's harmonic stasis than to its rhythmic insistence. [Jul 2011, p.60]
  3. Aug 24, 2011
    70
    With Sagara, Disjokke splits the difference between late-period Cluster and Alan Lomax, offering a most unique world view on 21st Century Nordic festival music from one of that nation's most open-minded visionaries.
  4. Jul 6, 2011
    68
    So Sagara sounds necessarily and unavoidably at odds with itself, a not wholly successful balancing act that lands its objects within sight and some distance from where its artist intended, but the effort is commendable and important.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    65
    It points the way towards a possible new sound but lacks the polish, originality, and final touches that would make it stand out as a serious work of its own.
  6. Jul 6, 2011
    64
    Dyrdahl never received enough credit for the excellent sound design of his work, and while Sagara seems nothing more than an interesting detour, his careful ear and sense of structure are here in spades.
  7. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2011
    60
    There's nothing particularly jaw-dropping about it, and at times it's too cute and wimpy, but it's a decent change in direction from diskJokke's cosmic house sides. [Aug 2011, p.82]

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