Valley Tangents - Blues Control
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 3, 2012
    80
    A carefully considered, exotic and mature record that stands out as a blueprint of how to handle the move from lo-fi to, well, just –fi.
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    80
    For all their various impulses, it's clear on Valley Tangents that they do have a certain general approach to explore, just one that doesn't welcome immediate simplification.
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    80
    Blues Control are one of the most intriguingly unclassifiable outfits in contemporary music, putting forth music that is clear and refined while also being absolutely incomparable.
  4. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    It's as arch, infuriating and entertaining as the duo's name would lead you to expect. [Jun 2012, p.46]
  5. Jul 5, 2012
    70
    Valley Tangents takes long, deep breaths, fuzz guitar scrawling over meandering piano in a humidified room. [Jul 2012, p.69]
  6. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    Cho's gorgeous, ghostly piano playing takes center stage on pensive slow-burner "Open Air," and finale "Gypsum" starts as a playful piano/bass groove, pit-stops at a carnival and transforms into what is arguably the most gonzo saloon tune ever. [No.88, p.53]
  7. Jun 28, 2012
    70
    An album that gleans from prog, noise, baroque, hip-hop and more at will.
  8. Jun 28, 2012
    60
    The reality is that Valley Tangents just sort of floats by as background music even whilst actively listening.
  9. Jun 27, 2012
    60
    Blues Control are no longer noisy or childishly rudimentary, at least by most avant-yardsticks. Cho, on piano and keyboards, improvises with a new deftness; Waterhouse claws back a degree of rockism with thudding boogie drums and a guitar choked with the dust of its own basement.
  10. 50
    Valley Tangents plays more like an exercise or experiment than a fully-realized album.

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