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  • Summary: The first studio release from the Chicago post-rock band in over six years features vocals from Yo La Tengo's Georgia Huble on one track.
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Yonder Blue
The color of the sun is nearly lost in the horizon As the night comes in But it shines again tomorrow And I know I'm gonna find you Cause it's the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jan 27, 2016
    A sudden turn to classic rock feels like one of the weirdest moves of Tortoise’s career--but it also feels so right.
  2. Jan 14, 2016
    Certainly their best record since 2001's Standards, here Tortoise sound revitalised--concise, playful and sharp. They may move slowly, but when they do, it is always with renewed purpose.
  3. Jan 26, 2016
    Tortoise may no longer sound like the future because the future happened, but as long as they keep on hitting the levels of perfection they reach on tracks like 'Shake Hands With Danger' and 'Gesceap' then complacency doesn't sound so bad.
  4. Jan 19, 2016
    Although there’s a lot to enjoy here, with the band on something like the crisp, playful form of TNT, the best moments seem out of place and the rest a bit meandering; while previous releases have always felt thematically strong, even while jumping stylistically from Ennio Morricone soundtrack-isms and cool jazz to downtempo grooves and minimal drum and bass, it’s hard to pin down exactly where this is aimed.
  5. Jan 25, 2016
    Keeping a band going for 25 years is no easy task, and there’s not many in the world who can still keep pushing forwards, but without losing what it is about them that’s so unique. Tortoise manage that weirdness, that jazz infused strangeness, and that downright groove that they’ve always traded in, but re-mould it for 2016.
  6. Jan 19, 2016
    Some of their more conventional tracks may pale a little in comparison to their newer aesthetics, if only because their evolution has been so slow and protracted.
  7. 50
    Sadly, what should have been a triumphant return ends up being as forgettable as the time of year of its release. It’s a middling album birthed in a middling, gloomy time of year without much joy to offer. Not even a proper chuckle.

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  1. Jan 25, 2016
    Very good album that has enough going on to keep you listening start to finish.
    Would probably have scored higher if it had been released by
    Very good album that has enough going on to keep you listening start to finish.
    Would probably have scored higher if it had been released by any other band.
    Tortoise has set the Standard(s) so high themselves.
  2. Dec 7, 2016