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The New Tango

Astor Piazzolla

1987

The New Tango

Album Summary

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (Spanish pronunciation: [pjaˈsola], Italian pronunciation: [pjatˈtsɔlla]; March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles. In 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as "the world's foremost composer of Tango music".

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Rating

2.86

Votes

4167

Genres

  • World
  • Jazz
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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

If you had told me that today I was going to listen to a live album by an Argentinian tango composer and bandoneon player in collaboration with a renowned vibraphonist, and that I would really enjoy it, I would have called you crazy and kicked you out of my house. But this was really, really good. I'm a sucker for melancholy violin music, and with the vibraphone that makes an unexpectedly nice combination. And the bandoneon, an instrument I had never heard of until today, adds a nice touch as well. Surprisingly, I'm going with 4 stars on this one.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Very cool

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Tango was already perfect. Did we really need a new Tango? Turns out maybe we did. This album is a delight. Playing around with classical tango sounds, tossing in some vibraphone just to be cheeky, and towing the line between classical and avant garde perfectly. I'm a sucker for any kind of Tango music like this. Reminded me a lot of Gotan Project, for example. Easy 5 stars for me even though I can see why this wouldn't work for a lot of people.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Simply brilliant! Magical and mesmerizing

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Vibes aren't everyone's favorite, but I like this music

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Initially sceptical that I needed to hear any tango, let alone new tango, I must say the sheer power and beauty of this Nuevo Tango record was staggering. I don’t think there is a piece of music quite like it - passionate, powerful and deep - a jazz recording, a classical composition, nigh impossible to categorise. I found it to be captivating and could not stop listening. A work of art.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

What a find. Wow.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Well this was unexpected. I really dug these instrumental tracks and will enter my chill music to listen to at work playlist. This is the type of stuff the list is made for. I'd have never listened to this without it. A fantastic find and some really great tunes and musicianship.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Belleza 🌿🌿 me gustan mucho como suenan los xilófonos ahí.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

I was surprisingly blown away by this. I love how it incorporates traditional Italian/Argentinian tango music with the really dramatic classical influence and even some jazz fusion. The dynamics are really engaging and the musicianship/composition is excellent. Totally unlike anything I would have ever come across on my own.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

cool

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Idk what that is but its amazing!

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

A very pleasant album. I love the contributions by Gary Burton and the (unknown) violinist. To me it's a cross between tango, jazz and chamber music. It's hard to believe people could dance to this, but I saw a New Tango show in Buenos Aires a couple of decades ago, and the dancing was as adventurous as the playing.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Je m'attendais pas à ça ce matin Prefs: Milonga is Coming, Little Italy, Operation Tango Moins pref: Vibraphonissimo

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Never would have listened to this if it wasn’t on the list. Sometimes it’s really nice to listen to some great musicians like this even if it is way out of my usual style.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Gorgeous. Cinematic. Knew Piazzolla from his guitar works, but was expecting to enjoy this. Biased towards live recordings as well, but still a great record. Vibraphone haters stay away.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Beautiful compositions! In my mind this is the soundtrack for a chill soulsborne game where you don't fight giant scary monsters with gaping mouths of death, but where you might sit and have a cup of tea, and just enjoy the day around you, but the lighting is the same :)) 5? Or a Witcher game placed in Argentina where you have to outdance your opponent in a tango to the death, the violin and the bandonéon makes for a beautiful top and the piano puts a dark foundation to the mix. A solid 4

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

This one was a pleasant surprise. Tango is super nice to work to, and I really love the vibraphone so that helped!! Loved the classical influence as well.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

vibes (vibraphone)

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Disco ao vivo flui muito bem e demonstra a força da melodia do tango envolvido com jazz.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Tim Burton meets the Fifties is the vibe I got from this. But in a good way. Very impressive for a live album.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Well, what can one say about nuevo tango (or any tango) – you either dig it or you don't. This is intense, both in the driving passages and the melanchoic suspensions (where it sounds like the composer is questioning himself). GB adds a swing and ligthness to a form that can get somber and rigid. One hasn't the authority to say whether this should be included or excluded to other milestones of the genre (or sub-genre), but surely there must be room for more. The setting at Montreux would seem to add to both the intensity (of which neuvo tango had plenty) and the occassion. "Laura's Dream" is a highlight.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

You will not appreciate this if you only listen a couple times. It can just blend into the background otherwise. For that reason I was initially at a 3. But as I kept listening I really picked up on the different instruments and moods being set in the music. It was like listening to an opera or ballet - I could picture characters moving and expressing emotions with the music. Very cool. Some favorites - Little Italy (loved the emotion from the strings), Laura's Dream (sweeping, and again the strings; sounded like sirens at times), and Operation Tango (cool pacing with slow and frenetic bits).

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Very different, very entertaining. Liked the vibraphone piece "Vibraphonissimo" especially. The different time signatures and styles wove in and out through each of the pieces. It was quite refreshing, and a very different type of album than I normally listen to. Really enjoyed it.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

lovely

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I am no tango fan, so had no idea it could sound this progressive. I am, however, a fan of Gary Burton, and could listen to his wonderfully expressive vibes playing all day. Didn't have a scooby that Burton turned his hand to tango. These compositions, which I'm guessing are by Astor Piazzolla, bring the whole 'newgrass' movement to mind, whereby bluegrass was cut with jazz and rock to make an exciting, virtuosic variant of a traditional genre. Stimulating stuff, then, although the first half of 'Vibraphonissimo' sounds like the section before the guitar solo in Frank Zappa's 'Zomby Woof' - and I'll never not find the title 'Operation Tango' to be funny.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Great musicianship all around. That Gary Burton on the vibraphone is a beast. I actually know nothing about tango except more typical dance stuff so I was not aware that tango was this intense at times, almost like a video game's battle music. Not bad at all.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Totally great. Wasn't sure what to expect and this is why I decided to do this challenge. Sometimes you need to hear an album from a genre you don't listen to much.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Vraiment bon, je me decouvre une passion pour le tango 4.5

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

I'm not really a fan of tango, but I did enjoyed this blend of classical music and tango very much. The breadth of variety, coupled with depth of feeling and intensity made for an exciting spin. The second track, which was mostly xylophone was almost a pain to listen to - but the rest was good enough to still warrant a good rating.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

An unique experience

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

not my cup of tea

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

kinda neat

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Fun instrumental. Great background music.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Best Song: Nuevo Tango. Very uptempo, jazzy tango. Not what I imagined tango to be. Worst Song: Little Italy. An alright song that has its moments, but overstays its welcome with an overly long, slowly diminishing outro. Overall: Some much appreciated diversity in this list, even if it isn't music to which I would typically listen. Still, I will definitely consider it for background working or dinner music.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Gary Burton is a magician on the vibes. This was a long album but an album where it’s mostly background music for working.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

VIBIN (get it?) to what I assume has been used as the soundtrack to a quirky indie movie at least once

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

It's an okay background listen.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Not my kind of thing at all. Accordion Latin Jazz is fairly low on my list of things to listen to. That said, the musicianship was great, and I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

The first track is a little slow and seem like they don't actually want to start. Meditative, reflective. I like the use of dissonance during the whole thing, "Vibraphonissimo"

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Sun May 15 2022
3

I feel left wanting more from this album.. not in terms of length, but of ideas. There’s a lot of really interesting grooves and bits and pieces on here, but they end up being fleeting and quickly turn back to something more mundane. 5/10

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Thu May 19 2022
3

A bit of a hard one to judge. I don't listen to tango music very often... or at all I guess. It has a movie scoring vibe to it, which I guess is kinda fitting as it just played in the background. I thought tango was about dancing? This would be hard to keep time to, surely. Was hard to discern a beat a lot of the time. 3/5 for at least being something new to me.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Verra pleasant

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Jazz meets Tango. I'm not a fan of both these genres. While I enjoyed the first track quite a bit, i found the second one unbearable - seems I'm not a fan of the vibraphone either. But this pattern continues somewhat - some tracks are really OK, others are Jazz (with a capital J) for the sake of it; rambling on much too long without strucure or aim. At least the Montreux audience seemed to like it. For me it was a mixed bag. 2.5/5

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Banging vibes and concertina thing, weird little percussion noises in the background. Surprisingly interesting and varied overall. Good background 60s party music.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

3.5 - I imagine this is what Dr. Frasier Crain listens to at the end of a long day should he come home to an empty apartment. He’ll slip out of his beige sport jacket and Italian cordovan loafers. He may pour himself a glass of Lagavulin 16 and sit back in his Eames chair as he reaches for the remote to turn on his 5-CD changer. He may even page through the Sharper Image catalog on his coffee table.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

The album is entirely instrumental. It was good instrumental music. I wouldn't describe any of the music as iconic or really memorable. It was alright. I wouldn't pick to listen to this again but I didn't mind it.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Such a cool and fresh undertaking of tango with a wild combination of instruments. Definitely not going to be a regular play but I'm much better for having heard this

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Not what I expected from a live Tango album. This was a pleasant listen, and I could get into what merits it's inclusion on this list opposed to other Tango albums. But I'll sit back and enjoy this one for now. 3.5/5.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

J'ai adoré ce petit morceau de jazz distillé de bon matin, même si cela ne suffira pas à me faire oublier l'indigestion subie à la découverte du gateau Sly & The Family Stone.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Je vais profiter de cet album de nouveau tango pour passer un coup de gueule au sujet de la commande que j'ai passée il y a deux jours. J'avais commandé un tartare de saumon et un supplément sauce dans un restaurant que je ne citerai pas et n'ai reçu qu'une salade, le livreur m'assurant que c'est tout ce qu'on lui avait donné. Je retentai l'opération le soir-même dans un autre restaurant de la même chaîne. Le tartare et son supplément sauce arrivèrent bien chez moi mais me rendirent malade toute la journée suivante. Autant vous dire que je ne suis pas près de recommander un tartare de sitôt.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

I quite like this, very cinematic, feels like the sound track to a thriller. I only got half way through on day one though and I don’t really have much desire to revisit it to finish it off.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Chulo pero no es mi estilo

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

This was different but didn’t really capture me the same way other instrumental albums have. Glad it’s on the list but not my personal taste.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

Gary Burton’s playing is so precise he is like a machine. Interesting pairing with an accordion.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Tango er en nesten helt ukjent sjanger for meg, men jeg liker veldig godt trekkspillets plass i sjangeren som spenner ifra romantisk klassisk til jazz. Kule greier!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Excellent, excellent background. Transporting background. Not interested in listening to this closely, but would never turn it off in the background.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

It was fine for picking or when I was driving tired. Other than that pretty boring.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Probably better than the 3 stars I'm giving it; I'm just not in the mood for this style of music today.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Expecting bold tango, got quiet tinkle.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

I'm sure I'd enjoy this in a live setting with a whiskey sour in hand but right now I'm mowing the yard and this is not getting me in the mower zone

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Nice background music

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I feel like I'm trapped in the interstitial sections of an episode of Mister Rodger's Neighbourhood.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

That was a fun listen of two great musicians

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Out of all non-popular music styles, Tango probably is the least suited one for pure listening. Not a necessary great experience

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Nice to be exposed to non-popular music, especially unconventional sounds from different parts of the world, but this album just didn’t sound like music, but more like sound effects for an unnerving part of a movie or video game.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Interesting and weird - if not my style.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Wasn't particularly taken with this one

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

This is a joke, right? Why am I listening to this? I'm sure it's great if you like the tango, but I'm really not interested at all.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

Det var för dåligt och konstigt. Muzak.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

Hör att det nog är coolt och intressant lyssning. Orkar inte

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

Varför förstöra bra dragspelsmusik med en massa plingplong

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

??? Roll on tomorrow.... Cover art 0/5

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

Today I learned that a bandoneon isn't an accordion. I was never a big fan of Piazzolla's brand of tango / jazz and although Gary Burton adds some welcome variety, this album didn't resonate with me.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

Once the second song starts it's clear the musicians know how to play and if there's any doubt, the title track reinforces the point.  I guess I'm glad someone had the skills to make this and I'm sure there are those who really like the music. For me, I quite like it if one song featuring a vibraphone is mixed into an album but a whole album of it is a little hard to listen to. 

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

Cultura general

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

There's "here's an acknowledged classic of a genre you may not know well" and then there's "here's a piece of music that's almost intentionally impenetrable so you can feel dumb when you don't get it."

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Sounds like music in an old animated film. Didn't hold my attention and became background noise.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Oh perfect, just what I need to hear. A minimalist classical album in the style and form of tango... classified as "new tango." I can hear influences from 70s folk and pop music (maybe just the classic vibraphone abuse), and it's a bit accessible but mostly boring with some slight remarkable variations. Beautiful here and chaotic there. Favorites: Nuevo Tango, Laura's Dream

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Meh 2

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

What makes this special? It isn’t bad, but I’ve heard hundreds of albums that aren’t on this list, that are better than this. 2/5

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Lively latin fare, but it wasn't really exciting enough for me to get into

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

I generally love discovering little gems like this one; new-to-me music is part of the joy of this project. Sadly I did not enjoy this album as much as I hoped to based on the description. It had some very pretty parts, in Laura's Dream for example, but in general I found the whole album didn't really engage me. I listen twice to make sure I hadn't gotten distracted the first time through, and no, I don't dislike it, but there's just not much in there that excites me. Even though I wanted it to. I give The New Tango a solid "fine", 2.5 stars.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

I enjoyed having this on as background music, but I can't judge it very well as i'm not really a fan of the genre and don't know much about it. I did get a little bit tired of it by the end and don't think i'll ever come back to it so can't quite give it a 3

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

Talent and complexity but nothing of interest to me.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

en osais sanoa tätä tangoksi? mutta ksylofoni hymyilyttää. Yann Tiersen -viba, tai siis Tierdenissä Piazzolla-viba. eipä tule uudelleen kuunneltua

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

I can't give this a one-star review because the talent of Mr. Piazzolla and his companions is undeniable. But I also can't give it any higher than a two-star review because it was also completely unenjoyable. I can't imagine any reason why I'd want to listen to an hour of elevator music. Hard pass.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

Delivered what it promised. Not but thing but liked the vibe. Something different.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

A little too much vibraphone for me. I think I'd enjoy it more sitting in a jazz tango bar in Buenos Aires.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

There is such a things as too much xylophone

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

I have been transported back to an off-strip Las Vegas lounge circa 1963. I don't care for it.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

A pretty upbeat and entertaining classical style album that I guess is a twist on tango. Overall it was easy to listen to and I enjoyed it but I don’t think I’ll revisit this one much. 4.1/10

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Mon Mar 14 2022
1

Eh. Listened to it. Feel like I completed a task.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
1

My wife: "Someone's just doing the demo track on a keyboard."

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Thu Jun 23 2022
1

It is like Lightning Bolt but for Jazz and it is live. Got through half the album and almost fell asleep.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
1

Another one that I just don’t have the musical language to appreciate, maybe. But really really not for me.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
1

Like being in an elevator for an hour.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
1

I tired but yeah this was a tough one.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
1

I cant. I just cant.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
1

Muziek is prachtig, het spel van Piazzolla ook. Fantastische vioolpartijen maar helaas ook de hele tijd de vibrafoon van Burton.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
1

I guess I'm not as open minded as I'd thought. I'm not having this though. Not what I came here for. Honestly, this may be the toughest thing I've had to entertain listening to so far in the course of over 600 albums. Even just clicking through the tracks this started to make me agitated and uncomfortable in a way that nothing else on this list quite has before. This music would repel me from practically any room. Sorry.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
1

I don't see the appeal very much at all. Not a fan 0.5-1/10

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Wed Oct 05 2022
1

Viivin kommentti "pilipalimusiikista" nauratti sen verran, että melkein haluaisin antaa toisen tähden. Mutta onhan kuitenkin vasta tiistai.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
1

nope, not for me

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Thu Oct 13 2022
1

Not for me.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
1

Why is this on the list?

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Mon Nov 07 2022
1

Fine, but very light. The feature instrument is something like vibes and just has a very smooth, flat sound with little attack. It’s an odd choice of instrument to feature on an all-instrumental album, because it leads to an extremely low-energy, slapped-out vibe that, there’s no way around it, sounds like elevator music / being put on hold. Nothing wrong with what they’re doing, just anything that’s this close to 0/10 on excitement factor isn’t for me.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
1

Way out!!!

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Sun Nov 27 2022
1

That was the most boring thing I've ever heard.

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