Half Notes: Tortoise – A Lazarus Taxon (2006)

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by Tom Johnson

Three discs and a DVD that covered the entire career of Tortoise, so far. That’s generally a formula for something pretty spotty, but like Tom Wait’s magnificent Orphans box, this one worked on the virtue that it covered so damn much territory that it kept listeners on their toes. And what we get here are all those loose ends that so badly needed tying up — remixes, b-sides, covers, you name it: pretty much everything the band did that didn’t wind up on a regular, domestic release is here, and that makes for a great thing. In fact, there’s better listening here than on some of their albums, believe it or not. A recurring species? Let’s hope.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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