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Uncut (9/02) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...TORTOISE still sounds both gripping and, in no small way, revolutionary."Option (11-12/94, p.151) - "...Tortoise makes music that's strictly for musicians. It's the kind of precise, methodical, endlessly repetitive performance that pays much more attention to sound texture and the interplay between the players than to rhythm, melody or song structure..."Melody Maker (5/16/00, p.46) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "Chicagoan post-rocker's debut album, and still their best. Out of the weird, spooky, clanking noises come 'proper tunes'. Xylophones have never sounded sexier..."82.74818

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Uncut (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "TNT is a masterpiece: not at all avant-garde, just an hour of wonderful and timeless music."The Wire (1/99, p.27) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year [1998]"The Wire (3/98, p.60) - "...builds up discreetly in layers and mostly build in no apparent direction....music that refutes the idea that music could be for anything....one of the most gently perplexing records ever made. It doesn't explain what the fuss is for, but it certainly gets you wondering about it."Vibe (4/98, p.148) - "...With walking bass lines and reverberating snare drums, Tortoise bring the noise throughout the album..."Musician (5/98, pp.89-90) - "...Deeper, denser, and more ethereal than 1996's MILLION NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE, TNT continues the band's Ennio Morricone-meets-Can hallucination stew, perfecting their wistful melodies and fusion drumming into dreamy epic soundtracks..."41.41563

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"Thematically and stylistically, it nods vigorously to Richard Curtis....[An] occasionally quite charming little film."Sight and Sound41.19915

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CMJ (5/17/99, p.25) - "...Sure, [Tortoise's] gliding beats and electronics occasionally climb atop the trebly, percussive jungle gym, but the Ex's inflamed, adrenalized mood prevails throughout..."33.45412

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Percussionists John McEntire and Dan Bitney lock into percolating, jazzy grooves with bassist Doug McCombs, and keyboardist John Herndon and guitarist Jeff Parker lay down single-note lines that bristle with angularity."Spin (pp.107-9) - "[Parker's] controlled playing, a lean thrum of pocket-lint noise, is a valued commodity in Chicago's avant-jazz underground; on IT'S ALL AROUND YOU, it gives Tortoise their 22nd-century jam-band edge." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (4/16/04, p.78) - "Subdued, layered rhythms leap from indie-jazz lightness to manic psychedelia, often in the same song..." - Rating: B+CMJ (4/04, p.46) - "[L]ush and intricate..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he sound of a band sticking to its guns....That means rich, miscellaneous percussion from Dan Bitney and Johns McEntire and Herndon, Jeff Parker's always-inventive jazz-meets-surf guitar twang and Doug McCombs's ocean bed-trawling bass."Paste (magazine) - "[T]he burbling beats, chimes, vibraphone and lushly synthesized vocals of 'The Lithium Shifts' and the dark collapse and tip-toeing starburst of 'Crust,' cut a straighter, more emotionally directive path than nearly anything in the band's catalog."24.87411

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Percussionists John McEntire and Dan Bitney lock into percolating, jazzy grooves with bassist Doug McCombs, and keyboardist John Herndon and guitarist Jeff Parker lay down single-note lines that bristle with angularity."Spin (pp.107-9) - "[Parker's] controlled playing, a lean thrum of pocket-lint noise, is a valued commodity in Chicago's avant-jazz underground; on IT'S ALL AROUND YOU, it gives Tortoise their 22nd-century jam-band edge." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (4/16/04, p.78) - "Subdued, layered rhythms leap from indie-jazz lightness to manic psychedelia, often in the same song..." - Rating: B+CMJ (4/04, p.46) - "[L]ush and intricate..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he sound of a band sticking to its guns....That means rich, miscellaneous percussion from Dan Bitney and Johns McEntire and Herndon, Jeff Parker's always-inventive jazz-meets-surf guitar twang and Doug McCombs's ocean bed-trawling bass."Paste (magazine) - "[T]he burbling beats, chimes, vibraphone and lushly synthesized vocals of 'The Lithium Shifts' and the dark collapse and tip-toeing starburst of 'Crust,' cut a straighter, more emotionally directive path than nearly anything in the band's catalog."24.87411

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mike Pinder's key wizardry complements Graeme Edge's mad beat on 'Tortoise & The Hare'..."0.9994199

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mike Pinder's key wizardry complements Graeme Edge's mad beat on 'Tortoise & The Hare'..."0.7499064

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Magnet (9-10/01, p.106) - "...Sifts elements from DC art-punk and Louisville post-rock into a siringe of razorsharp mush..."NME (Magazine) (9/22/01, p.38) - 7 out of 10 - "...A skittish, schizoid shape-shifting album....filling in the missing gaps between the art-punk of Pere Ubu and the startling instrumental loveliness of Tortoise..."0.3092562

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Rolling Stone (7/10-24/97, p.124) - 4.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...The inky abstract sketches...anticipate the avant-prog pomp of recent underground bands like Tortoise and Jessamine..."Q (6/97, p.151) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...this double CD includes enough anecdotal material for the biggest obsessive."0.3092562

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Uncut (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[He] teases mournful hidden nuances from Breeders, Smashing Pumpkins and Tortoise tracks."Magnet (p.109) - "Adem puts his layered, laptop-folk spin on songs by Yo La Tengo, Tortoise, Low, Pinback, Lisa Germano, the Breeders, Bedhead and other late-'90s indie luminaries."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "His plaintive vocal rasp, genteel guitar and tinkling xylophones personalize an eclectic song pool..."Clash (magazine) (p.117) - "The covers album can be a tricky beast, but Adem pulls it off in style....A quietly lovely spin on Pinback's 'Loro' and a jolly version of The Breeders 'Invisible Man' are two of the standouts here."0.306148

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Down Beat (3/97, p.54) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...eclectic...essaying hip-hop fusion, jazz, blues and even ambient music..."0.2495134

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Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "[E]mpowered by the timeless glory of filth-encrusted Discharge riffs and the sort of rage that could never be co-opted by scenesters or major labels."0.2495134

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Spin (p.74) - "[T]his breathy, '80s-loving boy-girl duo are not only attentive to the spoils of love, but also to its sacrifices..."0.2495134

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Spin (12/95, p.62) - Ranked #8 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'Spin (11/95, p.120) - 9 - Near Perfect - "...the triumphant tortoise, the musical depth-of-field that shouts `band practice'....The drugs are definitely swallowed with syrupy-sweet cocktails this time out....Manning's torch diva turns...nestle into a winking popadelic hybrid..."Option (3-4/96, p.122) - "...they carry off the simple melancholy of their songs with the courageous, well-adjusted heart that mirrors our own best qualities..."0.247405

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Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he 'contemporary classical' tag doesn't do justice to their cinematic, intense instrumental narratives; like Mogwai's, they tend to build to within an inch of breaking point."Magnet (p.93) - "'Kapsburger,' a nod to the German composer, flows gently into 'Canon,' a track whose loping rhythm section and melodica melody could be inserted into Tortoise's MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE."The Wire (p.47) - "The main strength of LANTERN is that, apart from the subtlety and invention involved in its construction, the musicians have come up with tunes to move all but the most aloof."0.247405

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Down Beat (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] materials collide with the pieces' most abstract sound explorations and polyphonic outbursts in an eerily powerful way."JazzTimes (p.104) - "With a lineup that includes Mazurek's bandmates from Isotope 217 and members of Tortoise, the Orchestra creates a powerful work..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a brilliant ego-free empathy between the musicians that recalls electric Miles and Sun Ra's Arkestra."0.247405

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Uncut (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]legantly turned folktronica....Frequently recorded in single takes, the better to preserve their quiet volatility."Magnet (p.100) - "The real surprise here is 'Circle None,' a lovely guitar instrumental that comes off like a missing link between Michael Hedges and Tortoise."The Wire (p.55) - "PIerce's dry yearning vocals express just enough vulnerability to offset the music's pop sophistication."CMJ (p.45) - "The drums are muffled....This allows the instrumentation and vocals to shine through..."0.247405

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Q (10/00, p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Groove-led tracks pulse seductively while electronic texture are deftly interwoven....this will delight those with the acquired...abstract...taste..."Alternative Press (10/00, p.96) - 3 out of 5 - "...Blends improv, songcraft and electronic sound. An out-jazz sensibility holds forth and coheres the tracks..."CMJ (8/7/00, p.32) - "...Augments [their] Aphex Twin/electric Miles/ Tortoise fusion....revolving more around the groove..."Down Beat (10/00, p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The sextet cleverly wrings kaleidoscopic proportions out of simple structures....an attractive new spin on electronic music..."JazzTimes (12/00, p.103) - "...The happy medium between their moody acoustic interplay and the duo's electronic spirit..."0.2164793

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Q (2/04, p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's reassuring to run into the real McCoy. Chicago's Bobby Conn is just that..."Uncut (2/04, p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The saccharine, the glam and glitter remain, but utilising various members of Tortoise and some of Archer Prewitt's orchestral buddies widens the net."Magnet (2/04, p.93) - "[H]is third record is as schizophrenic as ever, dabbling in octave-scaling hair metal, blaxploitative porno funk and Hendrixian guitar shredding."The Wire (1/04, p.55) - "[A] volatile mixture of DIAMOND DOGS-style glam stomp, dizzying genre hop, and plastic soul disco pop, plus wacky sound effects and a melodramatic ballad or two..."Mojo (Publisher) (2/04, p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Conn curdles the pop and slips strychnine in the saccharine..."0.2164793

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Spin (11/00, p.210) - 6 out of 10 - "...An autumn walk through [his] grad-school-addles psyche...showering us in abstractions....Singing softly above economical guitar works..."Alternative Press (11/00, p.111) - 4 out of 5 - "...Grubbs takes a crack at alt-folk and proves a graceful crooner of sad-sack ballads..."Magnet (8-9/00, pp.74,77) - "...John Fahey-like guitar noodlings...rich tapestries of melody and mirth....a lovely, whispery, Southern sky of a record with a quaint urban arch to it..."CMJ (8/21/00, p.22) - "...His most approachable outing yet, combining superb and intricate musicianship with memorable melodies and surprisingly sunny lyrics..."Melody Maker (8/26/00, p.59) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Puts Tortoise et al to shame..."0.2164793

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