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  • Summary: The follow-up solo release to ex-Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb's 2002 collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons was home-recorded with Lee Harris on drums.
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  1. Feb 1, 2019
    100
    Occasionally, one is reminded of Broadcast at their most pastoral, for that same determination to find or found some timeless folk tradition of their own. It’s gorgeous.
  2. Mar 12, 2019
    80
    All in all, the album is a genial bird’s eye view of life presented in aphorism, perspectives from a man well aware of his aging and embracing it. There’s something joyful even in the moments of tension, as if their eventual dissipation is a given.
  3. Mar 25, 2019
    80
    It is a very human experience, and if you can work past the occasional awkwardness of the vocal by spending more time with it then listening treasures await.
  4. Feb 12, 2019
    79
    What Webb has created is so rich, so delightfully off-kilter, that an auxiliary listen is necessary the same way another sip of pickleback is necessary.
  5. Feb 6, 2019
    76
    Drift Code doesn’t sound like Talk Talk (nor anything that could be described as “post-rock”), but what it shares with the band’s best work is both the sense of being adrift in time and a meticulous approach to production. These arrangements flicker with intricate melodic detail and nonconventional instrumentation.
  6. Uncut
    Jan 30, 2019
    70
    If Drift Code can't quite match the rural psychodrama of its predecessor, it boasts its own quizzical magic. [Mar 2019, p.32]
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    60
    It's an impressive art-rock construction, just not one that easily fits into every space. [Mar 2019, p.118]

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