A Humdrum Star

GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #193 / 614
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #221
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Decca / Label
Nu Jazz / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

A Humdrum Star is a stunning piece of music making, and almost certainly GoGo Penguin’s best work.

These songs have the wave-like flow of electronic dance tracks but with the expansive, acoustic atmosphere of classic ECM recordings.

Overall, A Humdrum Star is GoGo Penguin’s most cohesive, pleasing record to date.

‘A Humdrum Star’ is another strong effort from Go Go Penguin. Those who’ve follow the band since their 2012 debut album will essentially know what to expect here, as the record is a refinement of the group’s pre-existing sounds and interests rather than a bold shift in a new direction but, when the results are this impressive, that’s no concern.
‘A Humdrum Star’ feels like a step beyond the precious experiments of their opening records, a concise and complete statement that defies categorisation and reinforces the vitality of UK jazz at this moment.
The 405

A Humdrum Star is largely successful and in a perfect world will be just one of a great many formal experiments for the band.

Spectrum Culture
Rather than being a jazz trio that has tried to adopt some of the sonic paraphernalia of EDM or electronica in a bid for more listeners, GoGo Penguin reverses the gambit.
A Humdrum Star is an impeccable nu-jazz record, dabbling with electronica. I just wish they had stepped a little further out of their comfort zone.
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Track List

  1. Prayer
  2. Raven
  3. Bardo
  4. A Hundred Moons
  5. Strid
  6. Transient State
  7. Return to Text
  8. Reactor
  9. Window
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Added on: February 9, 2018