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Thursday, April 30, 1998

Review - TNT

Artist: Tortoise

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Tortoise, often credited with defining post-rock, continues exploring atmospheric instrumentals on their latest release. Fusing genres with precision, the Chicago-based collective makes sounds best suited for daydreams and film soundtracks that are void of theme but rife with possibilities.

"TNT" blows away pop-music expectations with offerings of vibes, guitars, keyboards, sampled playground chit-chat and subtle, jazzy beats (as on "I Set My Face to the Hillside"). Tortoise's songs shy far away from radio-friendliness, so one might not expect their blissfulness to engage the ears, but it does. All of the songs on "TNT" (especially "Almost Always Is Nearly Enough") are appealing, being equally derived from drum & bass, Henry Mancini and Mike Oldfield. The space Tortoise creates is open to anyone.

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