Open - The Necks
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  • Summary: The 17th release for the Australian improvised jazz trio is an over hour piece.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Nov 19, 2013
    90
    Open is magical, calming, intriguing, beautiful. It makes me smile to listen to it.
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    These parts slide and slip through and around one another, creating a shifting matrix that consumes your attention for as long as the band wants to play.
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    I can’t think of a record I was less eager to go back to a second time, and I can’t think of a record I changed my mind about more on the second, third and fourth time, except maybe the Necks’ last one.
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Open's success lies in its final effect on the listener, an enveloping state of reassuring calm. [Dec 2013, p.84]
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Climactic yet precisely controlled, it's a reminder of The Necks strengths, all of which are on display at different points throughout Open: their astute handling of pacing and momentum, finely honed collective sense of timing, and their shared ability to balance at length a group equilibrium, be it delicate or clamorous in register. [Oct 2013, p.50]
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    70
    It’s precisely because of the transience and mutability of Open as a whole that its fleeting moments of splendor prove all the more affecting and beautiful, despite the possible contention that--because of the often contradictory accompaniment--these might not be moments of splendor at all.
  7. Nov 19, 2013
    60
    The music does not so much take off as forever taxi toward the boundary fence. [Dec 2013, p.70]
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