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  • Summary: The 19th full-length release for the Australian experimental jazz trio was self-produced.
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  1. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    What makes the piece, and much of the album, so interesting is how the players just hold things in particular spaces of tension and release. It’s not done at the expense of those imperceptible transformations that characterize the band’s work overall; it’s more like a different, less certain but possibly more engaging way of realizing them.
  2. Feb 21, 2017
    80
    On Unfold, they’ve wondered aloud if the spell of their long-form magic works when stunted by the limitations of physical media and shuffled by the will of the listener. It does.
  3. Feb 13, 2017
    80
    It’s different, daring, and, fortunately for the trio’s fans, effective.
  4. Mar 9, 2017
    80
    As ever with free-improv records, the level of control is remarkable.
  5. Feb 13, 2017
    70
    The Necks don't exactly break new ground with Unfold, but it's refreshing nonetheless to see that they're also not regressing--a small miracle for any band 30 years into their career.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 13, 2017
    70
    Its four sides teem with microbial incident, particularly in the dense thicket of percussion from Tony Buck that undergrids the album. [Mar 2017, p.35]
  7. Mar 2, 2017
    60
    The track’s second half building gradually--if not as gradually as their less condensed recordings – to a more dramatic finale. In comparison, dronesome pair Overhear and Rise feel a little underwhelming.

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