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Bad Plus, The / Prog
Album:Prog Collection:Jazz
Artist:Bad Plus, The Added:Jun 2007
Label:Heads Up International 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-06-17 Pull Date:2007-08-19 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 5Jul 22Jul 15Jul 8Jul 1Jun 24

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 15, 2018:No Cover, No Minimum
Tom Sawyer
4.Nov 01, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
1980 World Champion
2.Sep 13, 2018:No Cover, No Minimum
Tom Sawyer
5.Mar 09, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
1980 World Champion
3.Aug 02, 2018:No Cover, No Minimum
1980 World Champion

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-06-15 
Heads Up, 2007

Yep, it’s The Bad Plus all right, smashing their way through a mixture of mutated pop covers (1,3,7,8) and heavy-handed originals. As usual, they’re perched precariously between being wryly innovative and gimmicky or even tasteless. It’s bombastic as hell, and that can get annoying, but there’s no denying the band’s phenomenal chops. I prefer the tracks that keep their various excesses relatively in check.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 5, 6, 10 ... (7 & 9 if you want over-the-top)

1. 5:37 – plodding, blocky, but with the melody delicately deconstructed
2. 9:12 – kinetic groove alternates with thudding robotic stomp; it gets old
3. 6:05 – starts quiet, the eye of a storm; gradually spins off-axis & blows up
4. 5:20 – an unresolved melody is embroidered and repeated
5. 8:45 – sedate: relaxed piano wanders over steady midtempo rhythm
6. 5:39 – lively ditty w/good trio interplay; big, chunky drum solo in 2nd half
7. 5:10 – heroic stride, melodramatic, with a quick, scattery break
8. 4:46 – lumpy ballad, bursts forth in the middle
9. 9:12 – quiet, dragging ballad, bulks up to huge, crushing weight, collapses
10. 5:00 – fast, optimistic chugger, with fanfare-like breaks and mock applause

[ Fo ] 15-Jun-07

Track Listing
1.Everybody Wants To Rule The World 6.Thriftstore Jewelry
2.Physical Cities 7.Tom Sawyer
3.Life On Mars 8.This Guy's In Love With You
4.Mint 9.The World Is The Same
5.Giant 10.1980 World Champion