There's Me And There's You - The Matthew Herbert Big Band
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the artist under the Matthew Herbert Big Band name.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. If you've approached Herbert's music before you'll already know to expect the unexpected. If it's your first time, use all the surround sound you have and revel in the power of free musical speech and a fantastic update of timeless jazz styles.
  2. 80
    The developed avant-jazz compositions stand out just fine, but with all their consequential underpinnings, Herbert and the band are swinging on all levels.
  3. This is a record filled with breezy jazz tunes ripe for a dance hall. It’s also music that will give you a headache from thinking, if you take the time to truly appreciate the multi-faceted work of art that it is.
  4. There are still some fine moments here, but there's more chaff than usual.
  5. There are some great moments, to be sure, but there are too many spots where the lyrics induce cringing and the electronic interventions sound more like gimmicks than real song elements.
  6. It’s an interesting album, just not interesting in a way that particularly compels me to listen to it again.
  7. Unfortunately, There’s Me and There’s You is a precipitate more than a catalyst, a document far less persuasive than a documentary about its own creation would be.

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  1. JeffA.
    Dec 6, 2008
    This record sounds like a very good Broadway score and I can't even imagine how much work went into it. I have only one slight criticism: the political message and the found sounds are less effective than they could be because they're a little scattershot. I still gave it a 10 because the scale of achievement here is so far beyond that of a typical pop record. Expand