The Crossing - Menahan Street Band
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    93
    All in all, it's the sound of a bunch of musicians from the top of the game performing at the top of their game. Ruthlessly tight, deeply soulful with tunes to keep you riveted to your stereo until deep into the night.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    It makes for a spiritual and mind-stretching experience one minute, woozy and disorienting the next. [Jan 2013, p.100]
  3. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    The band cultivates a rich collection of emotionally complex instrumental soul, with precise musicianship meeting inspired production and a deeply studied obsession with the often sampled and less often acknowledged obscure geniuses of soul music.
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    Thomas Brenneck has crafted ten seamlessly funky and beautifully played and arranged instrumental tracks in search of a film.
  5. 80
    Though the music on The Crossing was recorded over a span of two years, there is a consistency throughout that is representative of a collaboration that comes from musicians truly in tune with each others' creative instincts.
  6. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    There is a military-like level of discipline that hides remarkable and dangerous power beneath this music's shiny, funky surface.
  7. Oct 31, 2012
    75
    While there's no outright showstopper like "Make the Road By Walking," The Crossing manages to phrasally reference the lightning-strike horn crescendoes that gave that single its timeless resonance.
  8. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    It's certainly cinematic, and there are nods to Morricone. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  9. Jan 4, 2013
    65
    A set of soul instrumentals that wouldn't sound out of place on a late-'60s/early-'70s blaxploitation soundtrack. [No. 94, p.57]
  10. 60
    The Menahan Street Band have proven a fertile sampling source for such as Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and 50 Cent, and it's not hard to tell why listening to the grooves on this latest album.

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