On this new collaborative effort from Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, the two artists combine their respective approaches to ambient and experimental music in a way even the most casual fans can predict. That’s not a bad thing, though. Where this album falls short is in writing and execution, because a lot of these seemingly improvised pieces lack the direction and presence of the solo material each of these guys have released.
On the Bad Plus’ latest record, the band continues to focus more on original material than their career-defining covers, and the band manages to create some pretty fantastic, modern jazz tracks in the process–not to mention incorporate synths and drum machines into many of these tunes, too.
With Numbers, Mellowhype manages to churn out a few decent beats, but the lyrical content and originality are more lacking than ever. It seems making an interesting hip hop record is not in Mellowhype’s career itinerary. Instead, portraying the forgettable fantasies of that “cool kid with a c average” is more important.
With the third full-length LP since their reunion in ’05, underground rock icons Dinosaur Jr. is doing what they usually do with the quality fans have come to expect. It’s a bit more mellow than 2009′s Farm, which has its ups and downs, but still very enjoyable to say the least.
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