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Post Rock/Math rock

3.73 | 98 ratings

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2 stars This American post-Rock band, as the whole genre more or less, seems to be either praised by fans or ignored be everyone else, or most likely, not heard of. It would often be useful to have one shamelessly straight review by a non-connoisseur to give perspective of how the music in question would work for the majority. In other words, as long as the genre is not against one's tastes for starters (as Metal or Rap would be for me), to wander around in unfamiliar genres as a listener and also as a reviewer is only positive. Naturally these 'newcomer' reviews aren't much of use for connoisseurs, but they might be closer to the taste of all the others. What comes to me, Post-Rock probably isn't my promised land, but I'm still willing to get to know it better despite disappointments like this one.

I have now listened to two Tortoise albums. To me they have a notable difference in appeal, and yet the one - talking of this one - that I find terribly boring and worse in every way has slightly better rating here, and that confuses me. I couldn't get beyond boredom except for 'Glass Museum' which has more life; there the vibes come upfront and put some groove in it. A bit like Amarok, or something else with vibes, by Mike Oldfield. The serene closing track 'Along the Banks of Rivers' is the other track I liked enough for taping. For most of this album's music I came to think of the saying "as exciting as watching the paint to dry". It may be skillful and sophisticated but it misses the something to reach my emotions. Something is missing. The opener is 21 minutes long, yaaawn! OK, maybe it's always better to get cold images by music than no images at all; I saw this music as a modern house with minimalistic design and furnitures, all very clean and hi-tech but not very cosy. Where is the occupant? Where is the beef?

Matti | 2/5 |


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