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Customer Reviews

Bliss for a cathartic drive in the country

Sit back. Ain't nothin gonna hurt ya. cept maybe your wandering psyche. The tortoise is efficient at obtaining life and holding on.


This album divides critics more than fans. There is so much to love here; an entertaining listen through & through. McEnire's fairy-dust production is in full flourish, my favorite collection of his talents next to TNT. Personal side note: They played a double bill with Autechre where I live 10 years ago; I missed it and have never forgiven myself.

The Mellow Masterpiece

Howdy yo. So, this record is the mellow masterpiece and makes perfect sense after TNT and Standards. What would have been a holding pattern would have been to repeat TNT or Standards - which they by no means do. Instead they make, what is for me, one of their best and most atmospheric mellow records - and almost like it should be a club lounge record - club lounge art rock. Something about this record also reminds me of Miles' stuff from the early seventies - dot/eyes could have been a cut from 'on the corner'. that's meant to be a very big compliment.


Formed: 1990 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tortoise revolutionized American indie rock in the mid-'90s by playing down tried-and-true punk and rock & roll influences, emphasizing instead the incorporation of a variety of left-field music genres from the previous 20 years, including Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music, and British electronica. At odds as well with the shambling framework of alternative rock's normal song structure, the group -- as large as a septet, with at times two...
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