Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ben Ratliff thinks hard about Aja:

"The songs on Aja have multiple strains and fascinating bridges; the horn and guitar solos often worked with entirely new sets of changes. It has light surfaces and deep rhythm-pockets with whispers of disco. It is one of the all-time great drumming records. It’s also one of the all-time-great how-good-is-your-stereo records. Its perfectionism could seem oppressive or fishy, lab-based and possibly android. Hearing its songs on the radio reminds me of the smell of new plastic.

But all seven songs on Aja — three on the first side, four on the second, as Ms. Leonhardt’s ritual trips to the turntable reminded you — are quite beautiful in motion."

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