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CD reviews

TROUBLE WILL FIND ME, by The National; BIRTHING DAYS, by Mike Pride; DRUMMER’S CORPSE, by Mike Pride; HUSH POINT, by Hush Point.

NY Times News Service

Because there’s no chordal instrument to overdetermine the harmony, and because McNeil and Udden are the composers — they like simple and strange songs – there’s a crunchy, unregulated, open feeling to these tunes. (Two others are by Giuffre.) It’s an album of dry and intimate and surprising music, much of it a kind of X-rayed blues language, volume cut in half, swing rhythm subtly stretched into more up-to-date grooves, emotional dynamics present but suppressed. It’s also an extended experiment in careful improvising, using counterpoint to move quickly and unsentimentally toward the open spaces.

— BEN RATLIFF, NY times news service

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