Tongues - Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
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  • Summary: This third collaboration between jazz drummer Reid and Four Tet's Hebden was again recorded live, without any edits or overdubs.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Some may blow off Tongues as too jammy or underdeveloped, but neither is truly the case and, in fact, it's unpolished characteristic is core to it's sound.
  2. Tongues is a record of surpassing depth and ingenuity.
  3. The reason Tongues works so well is not because the song lengths are significantly shorter, but because both Hebden and Reid interact on the same wave length.
  4. The pair are so full of ideas, there's scarcely a dull moment. [Apr 2007, p.119]
  5. There are sublime moments here, and occasionally the interplay is breathtaking. This is pretty rare however, which leaves the rest of the record sounding just as you’d imagine it would, which isn’t a bad thing, just not at the levels of creativity we’ve come to expect.
  6. 60
    Tongues is a shorter, tighter set of songs that retains the pair's reckless spirit of improvisation and experimentation. [Apr 2007, p.104]
  7. The underlying problem here seems to be that Hebden still isn't comfortable in his own skin while improvising, with Reid or otherwise.

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