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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..."81.01902

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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..."32.74191

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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."24.35249

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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'..."0.9123992

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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..."0.2574274

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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..."0.2330705

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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."0.2330705

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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."0.2330705

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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..."0.2039367

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"As close as you're likely to get to having the cream of Chicago's alt rock scene playing in your own living room." Mojo0.1801991

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5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his intimate cook at reptiles is just as compelling as all the previous series have been....Utterly fascinating."Ultimate DVD0.1801991

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.65) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (5/1/97, pp.50-52) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Yo La Tengo maintain a tension between aural deconstruction and sharp songwriting. The album has its share of perfect pop songs....HEART proves that Yo La Tengo can master nearly any pop style..."Spin (9/99, p.158) - Ranked #78 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (1/98, p.86) - "Ranked #8 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."Spin (6/97, pp.118-119) - 9 (out of 10) - "...this is a band that not only delves into their vast record collection but figures out what makes their faves tick; and their tickers beat as one..."Entertainment Weekly (5/2/97, p.56) - "...confirms what their last few albums have intimated: They've become our best old-school indie-rock band....Their muted, after-hours guitar drone is in full effect. But splashes of piano or acoustic guitar add depth and airiness to the songs..." - Rating: A-Q (6/97, p.140) - "...16 examples of Nashville-recorded, dreamy pop sleight-of-hand..."Option (5-6/97, p.89) - "...influences ranging from Jobim and '60s French pop to the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Beach Boys...bound by occasional dollops of greasy feedback....YLT fully indulges its desire to make noise, bridging the drone gap between '60s VU and '90s Tortoise..."Melody Maker (4/19/97, p.52) - "This album is a long journey. It has the stretch of distance covered and the domestic intimacy of sitting in a small space and watching things go by the window..."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #5 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Billboard (p.36) - "[L]ovely and catchy in its mix of shoegazer drone and pop."NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #19 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (4/19/97, p.44) - "...I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE is wonderfully sprawling and diverse, with a rock curator's attention to detail and the odd in-joke thrown in....An impressive mixture of curiousness and guile, all told...."0.1165352

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Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.198) - "...the dark pulse and melodic abstraction of '70s German avant-rock; the hypnotonal minimalism of vintage Steve Reich and Terry Riley; the distended rhythms of ambient dance music; lush chamber jazz; Brian Eno's experiments....their ethereal subversion is a pleasure..."Spin (9/99, p.154) - Ranked #67 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (3/96, pp.112-113) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "...McEntire's great talent, after his not inconsiderable drumming and synth capabilities, is making like Brian Eno....[he] apes Eno paradigmatically rather than stylistically....MILLIONS...is the work of a full-fledged member of the Brianist Conspiracy..."Q (5/01, p.72) - "...Revolutionized US indie rock and established Chicago as post-rock's Seattle. Dub, Kraut, free jazz, avant-electronica and classical minimalism played by veterans of the hardcore punk circuit..."Uncut (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] superb post-rock touchstone..."Alternative Press (5/96, p.91) - 5 - Supreme - "...a collective of pretentious, searching and brilliant musicians...a world where chaos and beauty are best of friends, and where sprawl and display hold hands with introspection..."The Wire (p.60) - "Bold studio savvy goes hand in hand with intelligent, disciplined playing....Much of this album has a sunset melancholy, filtered through group playing sleek with understatement."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #25 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's "Albums Of The Year."Melody Maker (1/27/96, p.35) - Bloody Essential - "...one of the five most important records...to surface from the American `alternative' quagmire this decade. And that's just on the strength of the opening track....Tortoise [are]...ambient, sure, but they're always on the move, never still..."Musician (5/96, p.102) - "Wallow in the oceanic sweep of Dave Pajo's guitar work....Dig the dueling marimbas and Brian Wilsonesque bassline on the 21-minute `Djed'--and don't be surprised when that middle section of the piece suddenly morphs into a white-noise synth opus....They're twisted--in a nice way..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.59) - Ranked #64 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Dave Pajo's guitar work brings a rustic authenticity to the bouncy futuristic grooves."NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #35 in NME's 1996 critic's poll.NME (Magazine) (1/27/96, p.42) - 8 (out of 10) - "...MILLIONS NOW LIVING...is far too addictive, too organic, too incontrovertibly groovy to be no more than an art-rock cult....there's a rampant ambition to stretch the parameters...to mix and and match and generally muck up a proverbial shedload of different types of music..."0.1165352

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Rolling Stone (12/7/00, pp.112-4) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...3 discs worth of smoked-out, sample-heavy sounds from [Ninja Tune's] 10-year history....[it] bobs like a bong-water balloon..."Spin (p.134) - "This anthology showcases Ninja's strengths, like kinetic sample cut-and-pasting and scratchathons..."Spin (2/01, p.108) - "...Signature weirdness....Trickology; no apology."Q (10/00, p.134) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The hip-hop-centric CD-1 is the strongest, while CD2 takes a jazzy, atmospheric path and the more erratic CD3 is for devotees only. An intimidating but rewarding listen."Uncut (10/00, p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Three CDs...each as innovative and unpredictable as the other in terms of genre (hip hop, jazz, electronica and all crevices in between)..."Mixmag (9/00, p.165) - 3 out of 5 - "...Contains enough nuggety pleasures to outweigh the colon explorers..."Muzik (10/00, p.82) - 5 out of 5 - "...Stealth and efficency to the max....this is simply too good to miss..."Vibe (11/00, p.170) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Displays a commitment to music that refuses to be pigeonholed and expands the vocabulary of hip hop."0.1029709

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Rolling Stone (p.64) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]anicked, paranoid and product-coded; tranquilized, arena-size and indelible."Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.65) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (7/10-24/97, pp.117-118) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...OK COMPUTER - a stunning art-rock tour de force - will have you reeling back to their debut, PABLO HONEY, for insight into the group's dramatic evolution..."Spin (9/99, p.122) - Ranked #9 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."Spin (8/97, pp.112-113) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Unlike their majestic models U2, Radiohead take on techno without switching instruments or employing trendy producers....As with post-rockers Tortoise, Laika, and Seefeel, Radiohead have a fuzzbox or two and obviously know how to use 'em..."Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #4 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"Entertainment Weekly (7/11/97, pp.65-66) - "...Shrouded in wafting guitars, swoony rhythms, and moody-blue strings, it shrugs off mosh-pit conventions for a poignant delicacy and breadth, with Yorke's cracked-throat voice the album's melancholy center....For all of Radiohead's growing pains...their aim--to take British pop to a heavenly new level--is true..." - Rating: B+Q (6/00, p.91) - Ranked #2 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (12/99, p.92) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (10/01, p.112) - Ranked #1 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #2 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."Melody Maker (6/14/97, p.49) - "...unlike anything I've ever heard....I definitley know it isn't good for me, and I'm certain it says more about my life than I'd like....in terms of composition and performance, it's very impressive. Radiohead have excelled themselves. They've seen the future."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - Ranked #3 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "OK COMPUTER sought to disturb as much as delight. It's still succeeding."NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #2 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.Pitchfork (Website) - "[R]eal songs and tunes, but ones that didn't shrink from the increasingly unlimited possibilities of modern music-making. In that sense, Radiohead were not only record-collectors but futurists..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a brilliant album....[V]isual, visceral and complete..."0.1019683

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