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  • Summary: This is the first of two releases from an improvised collaboration between pop and jazz drummer Reid and folktronica artist Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge).
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It’s clear that chemistry was in the air.
  2. This CD is in itself a bold challenge to producers everywhere to step out from behind the laptop and explore the creative, spontaneous elements of live interaction.
  3. This volume is a success and points the way toward new and compelling -- if still amorphous -- territory between rhythmic and electronic improvisation.
  4. The album achieves a great deal of its success from the relaxed collaboration, but it does suffer from it, as well. Reid and Hebden interact so casually that they don't find the friction to really propel great improvisational music.
  5. 60
    Part inspired, part impenetrable. [Mar 2006, p.104]
  6. 60
    Occasionally self-indulgence threatens, but no matter; there is an undeniable musical hunger and pioneering spirit at work here. [Apr 2006, p.101]
  7. If you're really into jazz (and I mean really) or are a Four Tet completist, this is for you; if not, I'd stay away. [#13, p.92]

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  1. dmitryder
    Mar 6, 2007
    1
    stupid shit