Tortoise - TNT
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1998 Ratings: #39 / 107
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
1998 Ratings: #39
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Pitchfork

Weirdly beautiful and impossible to pin down, TNT was a fulcrum, a place where the musical values of the past (instrumental proficiency, deliberate composition) met the digital future.

80
The Independent
It's brain food, utterly lacking in cynicism, and will be one of the finest releases this year.
40
NME
'TNT' is an admirable collection of jazz-tinged instrumentals. It's also a record that says nothing and means even less.
depechemode4lif
89

Thank you papa Pitchfork for this amazing recommendation! It is post rock that suits my ears better than what Swans was doing at this time (though that isn't bad). It has a jazzy feel to it while also fitting in seamlessly with the indie sound of the 90s. I was constantly impressed by the musicianship but not in an annoying way like Dream Theater. It was a great listen through and through and cant wait to revisit.

MusicSucks
96

I can't decide if this is soothing or unsettling, but I sure know I love it.

ricardomcr
88

So, this is a thing that exists, hum?
I wouldn't really place this in the post-rock tag, to be fair, it pulls from a LOT of influences really, to come up with a very original and strange sound.

My favorite part about this album, after a few listens, is the juxtaposition of elements in each melody, I mean, if I try to separate them mentally, more often than not I realise there's something unconfortable going on with a given instrument while something else is trying to combat that to bring a ... read more

Snakeman
75

This album is beautiful
This album is calm
This album is wild
This album is tame
This album is skeletal
This album is lush
This album is sweet
This album is cold
This album is jazz
This album is rock
This album is electronic
This album is acoustic
This album is synthetic
This album is chill
This album is ambitious
This album is accessible
This album is experimental
This album is everything except one thing : Explosive

THEN WHY THE FUCK IS IT CALLED T.N.T THEN????

GucciGingo
89

Such a beautiful and relaxing (and slightly disturbing) blend of genres. I was working on something while listening, and it helped me focus immensely. I'll definitely listen to this a lot more in the future.

MadWillian
72

For an album called TNT, it’s strange that this is one of the least explosive projects I’ve heard

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Added on: August 14, 2012