An extraordinary album for extraordinary times, as it addresses Brexit and what it means to be British and European
Offers a subtle, multi-layered but potent riposte to latter-day jingoism, the spirit of compassionate inclusion made manifest or woven implicitly into the eclectic sonic narrative. Print edition only
The producer and DJ's guest-packed “Brexit album” conjures a great sprawl of humor and tragedy that makes for Herbert’s richest album in years.
Patchwork of mournful classical music, keening choirs and parpy Brit-jazz. Print edition only
The State Between Us does, at times, attain a depth of its own, particularly when it's dealing in the sadness of separation Brexit engenders in roughly half of the population. But at other points it just seems to be saying, "Ooh, aren't we quirky?!"
Even at its lowest ebbs it retains some intrigue from its novelty, and the sheer ambition of the album is not to be faulted. Fans of jazz, foley and crisis-stricken former empires could do worse than give this a try
It's difficult to sit through, yes, but that could well be Herbert's smartest reflection of the times. Print edition only
With too many dirge-like instrumentals, the album is overlong, under-focused and, like the Brexit process, hard work