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The State Between US

Matthew Herbert Big Band

The State Between US

The latest release from the British electronic experimental producer features over a thousand musicians from across the EU looking at what it means to be British

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    An extraordinary album for extraordinary times, as it addresses Brexit and what it means to be British and European
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    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

  3. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    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.
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  4. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Patchwork of mournful classical music, keening choirs and parpy Brit-jazz. Print edition only

  5. 6.6 |   Resident Advisor

    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?!"
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  6. 6.0 |   music OMH

    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
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  7. 6.0 |   Q

    It's difficult to sit through, yes, but that could well be Herbert's smartest reflection of the times. Print edition only

  8. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    With too many dirge-like instrumentals, the album is overlong, under-focused and, like the Brexit process, hard work
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