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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from the Canadian trio features guest appearances from Laraaji, Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins, Brandee Younger, and Arthur Verocai.
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  1. Uncut
    Oct 6, 2021
    80
    An all-instrumental set of improvised studio performances as lyrical and soulful as they are virtuosic and energised. [Nov 2021, p.25]
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    80
    On Talk Memory, BADBADNOTGOOD find likeminded collaborators ready to challenge and compliment them at every turn, resulting in a new evolution for the trio.
  3. Oct 11, 2021
    80
    The album is meandering in places, evoking a sense of the unknown that’s become so familiar in 2021, but there’s a sense that the trio want to bring their growing fanbase with them into a new dimension. It will reward those who come along for the ride.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 6, 2021
    80
    Their most forward-facing jazz album yet, packed with complex, multi-storied compositions you can still dance to. [Nov 2021, p.89]
  5. Oct 8, 2021
    80
    A nine-track opus of gorgeous musical exploration on their own terms.
  6. Oct 11, 2021
    80
    BADBADNOTGOOD are known for turning tradition inside out, but Talk Memory is not just their finest album—it’s evidence of the historic appreciation that roots their reverence.
  7. ‘Talk Memory’ is technically proficient but all too often the record lacks the playful spirit and brash confidence the band carried themselves with in the early days.

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  1. Oct 14, 2021
    10
    Greetings all, it is your humble emperor Glorpius. We are all equal, it's just a title!

    Where do I start with this album... I usually don't
    Greetings all, it is your humble emperor Glorpius. We are all equal, it's just a title!

    Where do I start with this album... I usually don't review albums on a song-by-song basis so if you're looking for that, you are free to look elsewhere. Nay, as a complete package, this album is virtually perfect. Perfect is a lofty label for sure, but if BBNG doesn't deserve such a title to be even thrown around their work then I don't know who does on this decade. Talk Memory is a wonderful ode to old jazz greats while slapping you in the face with modern, exciting composition ONLY... to let you down gently when you need it. With instrumentation as IMMOVABLY solid as King Crimson's seminal "In the Court of the Crimson King," I couldn't help but simply be swept away with full trust for wherever they're taking me. Not one time did I stop the album. It's one of those you have to listen through completely every time; not because it requires it, but because your brain will DEMAND it (of course, only if you're not opposed to this genre).

    Though I said I don't review songs on a singular basis, the opening track, "Signal From The Noise," is just such a wonderful, glowing entryway to what you're in for. If you're wont to test albums before devoting time for a whole listen, look no further than the opener.

    Speaking of the opener, it's one of two songs on the whole album that DOESN'T feature other artists. Arthur Verocai (legend), Terrace Martin, Laraaji, Karriem Riggins (such awesome drumming, damn), Brandee Younger. They all come together to make something truly special. Something good enough to consider a being, a person, telling you a wonderful story.

    "Talk Memory" by BADBADNOTGOOD 9. 5/10
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