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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Apr 1, 2014
    9
    A Beautiful, thoughtfull, provocative and sincronized peace of art. It sleezes to every kind of beat and sound bringing us to an imaginative narrative with dialogs and a virtuosly ending. The best jazz album out this year.
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86

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critics

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Mr. Akinmusire has a strong aesthetic compass, and as a bandleader, he keeps a steady hand on the wheel; he’s not just stumbling into the album’s shadowy and unsettled mood.
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint is provocative: its moodiness, myriad musical directions, and 79-minute length may be initially off-putting. What is revealed with repeated listening, however, is that this set's achievement is commensurate with its ambition.
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    75
    Akinmusire generally resists the swaggering shows of force that can mark some young talents, but the record is loaded with strikingly expressive highlights.