by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
October 6th, 2005 | 80 replies

Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Tortoise has been around since 1994 since they released there s/t album. Tortoise has released a total of five albums and this was there third album. Unfortunately this is the only Tortoise album I own so I can't compare this to all of there other albums. Tortoise is an instrumental post-rock band that combines different styles into there music. They mix in electronica, vibrating effects, jazzy trumpets, and dub effects. There is no lead singer and no vocals, Tortoise is completely an instrumental band. Although Tortoise has no vocalist there music is not dull or boring. If you're a fan of post-rock than this is a must have.

Members : Jeff Parker
John McEntire
John Herndon
Douglas McCombs
Bundy Brown
Dan Bitney

Tortoise is an amazing expiremental post-rock band. Some of you may hear the genre post-rock and think it's boring, trust me I did the same thing just a few months ago. Although Tortoise has no vocalist there music is still very effective. If you need lyrics or a vocalist than don't get this album because there are none. Tortoise can do so many different things it's amazing. They have a jazzy sound mixed in with electronica and TNT features very nice drumming. At first I wasn't getting into this album at all, but it takes a few listens just like all post-rock music. Although Tortoise uses a lot of instruments and mixes in a lot of different styles of music, there music isn't very complex. Most of these songs start up slow and slowly build up to make something beautiful or dark. TNT is not a dark post-rock album, it can go through some dark parts but overall it's just a nice, ambient, expiremental post-rock album. Once again even though there is no vocalist this album should not bore anyone interested in post-rock.

When I say TNT is an expiremental album I mean it. Tortoise mixes in electronica in "The Equator", "Jetty", and "Almost Always is Nearly Enough ." Electronica comes up in most of these songs, but in the ones I just named off elctronica is the most heavily used. TNT also is influenced by jazz, "TNT" has some nice jazzy trumpets featured at the end of the track and "Jetty" is also a heavily influenced jazz track. "The Bridge at Iguazu Falls" and "Ten-Day Interval" features some nice xylophone work and "Ten-Day Interval" also has some chimes as the main sound. "I Set my Face to the Hillside" is probably the darkest track on the album, and it has a bit of a western feel to it. Tortoise are all over the place, but they don't force anything. Most of these tracks are very mellow, and soothing. Tortoise is able to mix in a lot of sounds and effects but they still manage to keep there music fairly simple and mellow. When you listen to Tortoise you should probably turn the volume up higher than usualy, but there is no need to blast this album. TNT is a great expiremental post-rock album, there are a lot of different styles put in here, and this is not a boring album.

Tortoise can be used for so many different things. You can listen to this album if you want to think, do work, or you can intently listen to this music and find out it's true greatness. When I first started listening to this album I just used it as backround music. When I actually started focusing and listening to this I found out that this music is very inventive and every track is different in so many ways. For the most part this album is very mellow, and soothing. As well as post-rock fans I think that electronica fans will also like this album. Electronica is used a lot in this album and it's very obvious in about half of the songs. If you want something mellow than this album is for you. TNT isn't a dark album at all. Although some of these songs are darker and more intense than others doesn't make this a dark album. While saying this TNT isn't an upbeat album either. Tortoise mixes things up so much that the only way I can put it is that the music is mellow, wistful, peaceful, and soothing. Tortoise show a lot of range on this album so it can apeal to a lot of people.

I hardly ever listen to instrumental music but this really works for me. TNT isn't a boring album just because they can mix in enough different sounds and moods to keep things interesting. Once again this album is not a bore and should keep you interested through out the whole album. I would suggest this music for fans of post-rock, electronica, ambient, and expiremental/instrumental music. I've had this album for a while and I still love it. I can use it in so many different situations and it's a very interesting yet simple album. Tortoise uses a lot of instruments and creates such a unique sound that vocals arn't really needed. If you absolutely need a vocalist when you listen to music than you might have to pass this up. I hardly ever listen to all instrumental music and I still love this album. I would suggest everyone to check out some of these songs because they are very well done. Tortoise is an amazing band and this album is also amazing. Once again fans of post-rock, electronica, ambient, or instrumental music should definately check this out.

Pros :
Never a boring moment
Songs are very well done
A lot of genres in this album

Cons :
No vocalist may annoy some people

Recommended Tracks :
"The Equator"
"The Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls"

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October 7th 2005


good work as usual. :hi five:

October 7th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. I was actually going to review this album, but you beat me to it.

I like all of Tortoise's album, but this one is arguably their best. The

Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls and the title track are my favorite songs.

These guys don't sound much like most Post Rock bands do these days, with

epic bands like Godspeed and Explosions taking over the scene. These guys

have more of a mellow, jazzy element to their sound. They're still very

atmospheric though, and they're definately the forefathers of the genre.This Message Edited On 10.07.05

October 7th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I'm going to purchase "Millions now living will live forever" or something like that in a few days. I've heard this is there second best next to that album.

I also must agree that Tortoise has a much more jazzy, electronica sound than most other post rock bands. This Message Edited On 10.07.05

October 7th 2005


I also must agree that Tortoise has a much more jazzy, electronica sound than most other post rock bands.

excellent. I was looking for these guys on soulseek the other week but could never find any downloads :upset: guess I'll just buy it.

October 7th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I would assume you should buy it because it is amazing.

May 9th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I am very intersted with tortoise. Is this the best starting point?

May 9th 2006


Alien, get this and Millions Now Living... at the same time, and then just kind of cycle back and forth.
Or either one of these will do on their own.

May 10th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds like a plan!

May 10th 2006


explosions r da bomb, nyone seen any of their live vids, its a kik in the nuts satisaction!

July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I've listened to this around 5 times now, and it's really good. "TNT" is such a good opener. The song titles are pretty stupid though.

Dried Muffin Remnants
December 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

A lot of Tortoise's stuff bores me and seems uninspired... this album on the other hand, is fvcking incredible.

February 14th 2007


I wasn't that impressed with Tortoise or this album.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 19th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

November 2nd 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is currently being nicely accompanied by a rain storm and every few minutes a fire-truck siren. It sounds awesome.

Electric City
December 28th 2007


Just got this record. Fuckin tight.

Electric City
May 16th 2009


"TNT" is such a sick jam

February 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Throw away your wretched noisy Opeth albums and let this drift over you

April 5th 2010


first Tortoise album that has blown me away

In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Were Women And Men is magic

April 5th 2010


Ten-Day Interval is beautiful

August 4th 2010


jammin to this today

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