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TNT Import

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B00003ZA7T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have read so many reviews that completely misunderstood this album, often dismissing it as easy- listening soulless coffee-table music, that i just wanted to say how wrong i think the people who wrote that are.To me, it is one of the most beautiful, complex and enjoyable albums ever recorded, all of its elements coming together to create music that amounts to much more than the sum of its parts.It's a truly amazing record and none of Tortoise's many followers have come close to surpassing it. And by the way it is better than their previous album, millions now living will never die and it's nothing like Tubular Bells!
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I discovered TNT by chance, rooting through a flatmate's CD collection c.1999. Knowing nothing of Tortoise, nor what to expect, I put this in my player. The opening loose drums of 'TNT' caught my attention immediately. I waited for the vocals that never came. I consumed the record whole. I didn't miss the vocals.

I'd never heard anything like this album. This was instrumental music that wasn't dull or insipid, nor was it about showing off technically (see Vai, Satriani, et al.); it was about texture, layers, the blending of commonplace and unusual sounds, the studio-as-instrument used to restrained perfection. I read years ago that the band were really into Japanese music and Latin jazz at the time of the TNT sessions. I think it shows in the percussive, staccato lines and pentatonic sounds, and in the way the melody is so often shifted between instruments, or partially harmonised or countered by another line. And the way McEntire buries his own drums in the mixes says so much about the attitude of this band: it's about the whole, not the parts, and it is certainly not about egos.

Now in 2013, I rarely go more than 3 weeks without listening to at least part of this record. I listened to The Bridge at Iguazu Falls last week on headphones. The complex layering of the opening section revealed vibraphone melodies to me I'd never heard despite literally hundreds of listens through this record since '99. It's a record that is generous, and never stops giving.

This is a record I delight in sharing with my friends. It never fails to draw in new listeners, baffled by the 'but...what is it?' question.
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Melancholy and downbeat it may be but TNT never fails to uplift the spirit.
Tortoise are a six-piece group that craft simple yet beautiful instrumental melodies against hypnotic percussive backgrounds.
Rock it may be but their avant-garde jazz owes as much to Philip Glass and Miles Davis as it might to Captain Beefheart.
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I'm new to the post-rock zone. Actually, this is the first post-rock album I've listened from start to finish. The album cover and its name interested me to the band. I'm amazed that the album is too beautiful to be true. This album is magical, really. I can imagine myself listening to it on a beautiful spring day. There isn't a song that feels just "eh" all of them are great; but surely there are ones that take a one step ahead for me. My favorites are being: Ten-Day Interval, I Set My Face to the Hillside, The Equator and Jetty. These are all extremely high masterpieces and everyone should listen to them. I'm really curious about other Tortoise albums.
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