BADBADNOTGOOD
III


4.5
superb

Review

by kvltwalter USER (37 Reviews)
June 26th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: BBNG mature and shift their style on another fantastic release

BADBADNOTGOOD has been a very exciting young band to watch over the last few years with their irreverent take on jazz fusion. Taking much more influence from hip-hop and electronica acts rather than “classic” jazz artists, BBNG have succeeded in reinterpreting the jazz fusion style while simultaneously opening the doors for jazz musicians who want to incorporate hip-hop into their music, but were maybe too skeptical or self-doubting to do so. If BBNG are not reinventing jazz they are certainly injecting a large dose of fun and innovation into it, and that makes them an absolute joy to listen to. Their hotly anticipated third album has now been released and it continues their path of exploration and experimentation, and it’s their most confident, technically adept, and well produced effort yet.

The biggest point of separation apparent on this album is the fact that there are no covers to be found anywhere, hip-hop or otherwise. III is one hundred percent original material from the band which allows them to build songs without any reference material to limit their creation. Hip-hop also plays a lesser role in this album’s style overall, with much more influence being taken from electronic music. “Can’t Leave the Night” is a perfect example with its gorgeous, haunting synth lead and sub-bass driven structure that is devoid of improvised solos that would actually make it a jazz song, and the fun and danceable “Since You Asked Kindly” was written in a similar way. In fact, many of these tracks don’t contain any soloing whatsoever. BBNG place a much stronger emphasis on composition rather than improvisation here, which might cause some fans to grumble with discontent, but there are still plenty of improvisational moments to please fans. “Confessions”, for example, features tenor sax player and frequent collaborator Leland Whitty who delivers with an exciting and fluid solo that’s perhaps the best one he’s performed with the band so far, and “Eyes Closed” spotlights Chester Hansen’s dexterity on the upright bass. By making a connection to the roots of jazz that they previously seemed to give no attention to, “Differently, Still” is notable for being a complete throwback to a style of jazz one would find in the late ‘50s or early ‘60s. A tremendous amount of stylistic variety exists in this record.

There is also a much appreciated variety in instrumentation on III as well. Guitar, trumpet, bass clarinet, and cello are among the new additions to BBNG’s sound, along with a variety of interesting keyboards and synths not found on previous releases. The spacey guitars prevalent on “Eyes Closed” are reminiscent of post-rock while a string section makes brief appearances on the closing track “CS60”. A piercing trumpet makes an appearance at the end of “Kaleidoscope” as well. While it would have been nice to hear some of these new instruments being utilized to a greater extent, they exist just enough to be gratifying as part of the bigger picture of this album. But that is only a small criticism given how satisfying this album is overall. Even with all these new additions and shift in style, this album manages to cohere into a wonderfully self-assured listen.

BBNG is getting increasingly experimental, ambitious, and adept at their instruments with every release, and this is only their third one in a string of excellent material. It’s going to be a rewarding journey to see where they will lead us next in their musical evolution, and we’ll all be there to lap it up when the time comes. BADBADNOTGOOD once again prove to be rouge innovators in a century-old style that is not one to reject change, and their name is nothing but a funny contradiction.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheMoonchild
June 26th 2014


1315 Comments


Good god who is coming up with band names nowadays? BADBADNOTGOOD is the phrase I'd use to describe their name.


Good review. Pos'd.

Slut
June 26th 2014


4255 Comments


i need to listen to this still

Phlegm
June 26th 2014


7250 Comments


Good god who is coming up with band names nowadays? BADBADNOTGOOD is the phrase I'd use to describe their name.

TheMoonchild
June 26th 2014


1315 Comments


Unoriginality is cool

Slut
June 26th 2014


4255 Comments


Good god who is coming up with band names nowadays? BADBADNOTGOOD is the phrase I'd use to describe their name.


Aids
June 27th 2014


24518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

these guys seriously rule

Aids
June 27th 2014


24518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I bet if you tried harder you could. Believe in yourself and you can do anything!

Keyblade
June 27th 2014


30678 Comments


They just keep topping themselves. Can you imagine how good IV or V will be.

Guzzo10
June 27th 2014


1298 Comments


Been wanting to review this for some time. One of my favorites so far this year. 'Confessions' is the fucking jam.

Funeralopolis
June 27th 2014


14586 Comments


so how much does this sound like john coltrane?

Keyblade
June 27th 2014


30678 Comments


Not much at all

One of the members actually hate Giant Steps lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwBWE2BNCT0

beefshoes
June 27th 2014


8443 Comments


Good review.
I loved their first two albums, and I'm sure that their original material is just as awesome as the cover material.



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