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I Was Real

75 Dollar Bill

I Was Real

Third album from the experimental Brooklyn-based duo of Che Chen and Rick Brown

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  1. 8.5 |   The 405

    This is still dense music, yes, but crucially it never alienates over its epic 68 minutes: you can drop in on this record at any point and still find a good time. As such, I Was Real feels like the band’s most thorough examination of itself yet – and is all the more satisfying as a result
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The instrumental duo have made a gloriously unorthodox album of blues inflected from all corners of the globe
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The blues had a baby and they named it to rock ‘n’ roll, offers the old Muddy Waters tune. In the world of 75 Dollar Bill, the blues is also a parent, but the spirited offspring - a seamless, unpredictably mutating union of desert blues, global sounds, reined-in improvisation, scruffy psychedelia and John Lee Hooker-derived boogie - proves impossible to define
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    These are ageless, thrillingly energised devotionals for our secular and fast-moving times, full of euphonious noise and the dust kicked up by their deep-dug grooves. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Visceral rather than intellectual. It lies in how 75 Dollar Bill locate the possibilities of transformation and release, of physical and spiritual abandon, in border-destroying party music. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Feels like an exercise in embracive multiculturalism, trans-historicism, and focussed, intense musicianship. Slippery to define or place, and all the better for it
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    You can find whatever you’re looking for here, from loose stoner ambience to shamanic virtuosity, with album closer WZN3 turning into a loose, swinging, Tuareg-derived rock out
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  8. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The experimental New York duo morph into a crack ensemble on their wide-ranging new double album, blurring genres and record-store categories
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