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  • Summary: This is the second of two releases from an improvised collaboration between pop and jazz drummer Reid and folktronica artist Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Uncut
    The stumbling spontaneity is refreshing. [Jul 2006, p.95]
  2. It is as if both musicians have tapped into a single communal memory of music, discovering it as they play with each flurry of notes and rhythms.
  3. Naysayers may argue that none of the tracks needs to be as long as they are (at 16 minutes and two seconds, We Dream Free is the shortest) but sounds as subtle as these need room to spread out just as a fine wine needs room to breathe.
  4. The Exchange Session’s second volume retreads the same path that Hebden and Reid took earlier, but they truly go places this time around.
  5. Free jazz fiends and fans of the first volume will find plenty to love here.
  6. There are few compelling reasons to listen to The Exchange Session Vol. 2 more than once.
  7. The Wire
    [By "We Dream Free"] it all starts to loosen up and swing a bit more. But even here it ends up treading water. [#269, p.42]

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