Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Mar 31, 2011
    82
    The music is at its best when it emulates an animated conversation, one voice leap-frogging the other with no one losing sight of the central theme.
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    80
    Iyer and his partners sound like a spontaneous ensemble from the outset--not self-conscious participants in a fusion experiment.
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    This album is clearly not one you would want to put on in the background of your next party. In every aspect (its forms, melodies, instrumentation, etc.) it is a challenging and engaging hour of music.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    Tirtha is a triumph; it is a high-water mark in hearing the constantly evolving discussion between jazz and Indian music.
  5. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    To ears trained on western classical harmony, rock and roll, or even much of the jazz tradition, this will sound fearsomely complex. What is truly impressive about these three players is how confident and effortless they make it all sound.
  6. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    The title track of Tirtha, a fine, slippery debut from a trio of the same name, unfolds in stages, measured but intent.
  7. Mar 15, 2011
    75
    Fans who look to Iyer solely for high-flying piano jazz might struggle to find familiar footing as the album's intricate sonic interplay takes some time to unpack. But Iyer's willingness to take listeners to places they've never heard remains something to behold.
  8. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    While the album is beautifully recorded, there's a certain sterility throughout, something approaching caution.

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