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Talk Memory


Talk Memory

Fifth album from the Toronto hip hop / jazz experimental trio featuring contributions from Laraaji, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, and Brandee Younger

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  1. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    On Talk Memory, BADBADNOTGOOD find likeminded collaborators ready to challenge and compliment them at every turn, resulting in a new evolution for the trio
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s a psychedelic voyage, embarked on with audible optimism and love
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  3. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    They made their name by creating groovy records, and while grooves are still present on Talk Memory, they are certainly different and less apparent. One thing that can’t be denied is that it opens up more with each listen, and if this isn’t a reason to keep returning to it again and again, then I don’t know what would be
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An all-instrumental set of improvised studio performances as lyrical and soulful as they are virtuosic and energised. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Their most forward-facing jazz album yet, packed with complex, multi-storied compositions you can still dance to. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    They may grab you with a punky riff or a filthy beat, but they’ll then take you on a beautiful journey of jazzy experimentation
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Watching them reach towards a different goal is hugely exciting, and the layered compositions, spiritual flourishes, and stellar guest features of Talk Memory point towards an exciting new future for BadBadNotGood
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    With nods to the likes of Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders, the inventive Canadian band sets aside its affinity for hip-hop and kindles a love of classic jazz
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  9. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It's their best work to date, a frequently astounding album that demands time to reveal its brilliant intricacies. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Canadian trio evoke a sense of the unknown on their cinematic fifth album
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Throughout the album, BadBadNotGood and their guest collaborators flesh out the sonic canvas without taking away from the raw energy of the performances
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  12. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Talk Memory is their most compositionally refined album yet, an ode to their maturity as songwriters and their abilities as conceptualist
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  13. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Compared to previous BBNG albums, the world we’re presented with on Talk Memory is less expansive in what directions it wanders in, but to the benefit of greater focus on more direct jazz compositions, which allow for a different breed of meandering to take its place
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  14. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    While the bluster of some of their previous work isn’t as strongly felt on Talk Memory, the album does show the group seemingly more focused than they have ever been
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  15. 6.0 |   Crack

    At times, Talk Memory feels a little polite, but in its own way, this album stays true to the outsider spirit that made BBNG exciting in the first place
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  16. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The three-piece spent two years sitting with these songs, an uncharacteristic approach for a band known to develop their ideas in front of a live audience. At times this makes for a more considered output; other songs run the risk of overthinking themselves
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  17. 6.0 |   NME

    Minus founding member Matthew Tavares, the now-trio eschew the hookiness of old in favour of considered jam sessions that only occasionally soar
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