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A Humdrum Star

GoGo Penguin

A Humdrum Star

Second Blue Note LP from the Manchester-based, Mercury Prize-nominated instrumental trio

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s a record laden with intellectual stillness amid its itchy rhythms and fugal pianos
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    These songs have the wave-like flow of electronic dance tracks but with the expansive, acoustic atmosphere of classic ECM recordings.
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    If you want attractively textured soundscapes, arena-filling melodic sweep and itchy beats, GoGo are your go-to band
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    GoGo Penguin’s most cohesive, pleasing record to date
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The most insistent distillation of their potent brand of piano-driven melody and groove. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Throughout, tempo changes are inventive, sharp; the sense of momentum, of hurtling coolly through space, is wonderfully dizzying
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  7. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    The band prove they boast enough raw, unfettered musicality and melodic clarity to ensure that 'A Humdrum Star' remains a bright, engaging listen throughout
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    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
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  9. 7.5 |   The 405

    GoGo Penguin’s increasing tendency to dabble with music from different backgrounds is encouraging, an instinct that should be in no danger of running dry any time soon
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Their latest is in constant motion. Print edition only

  11. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Largely avoids both the virtues and the pitfalls of jazz
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