Up Above - Town & Country
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  • Summary: Asian instrumentation is highlighted on the Chicago minimalist, avant-garde outfit's sixth release.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. [A] divine disc. [Apr 2006, p.207]
  2. 80
    Their strictly modal, contemplative soundscapes have rarely sounded more compelling. [Mar 2006, p.93]
  3. The album does rather muddle the group's ongoing identity, but hopefully future releases can serve to confirm this album as the watershed it now appears to be.
  4. Another very interesting and beautiful album.
  5. With minimalism, especially of this improvised sort, if you don't like it, give it another listen; and if you still don't like it, ok.
  6. Some of the tracks still don't feel like they offer enough.
  7. Up Above Is, in such, a gentle enough jam to work/non-work in an incidentalist sense; but compare it to folk that do this sort of gear with a fearsome seriousness -- like, most obviously, the Vibracathedral Orchestra -- and T&C come up as pale as a Midwestern mid-winter tan.