Delta T

Electric Circus

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Delta T's third album sounds like some kind of laid-back cross between Medeski, Martin & Wood and early-'80s U.K. avant funk groups like A Certain Ratio or Pigbag. Groove-oriented jamming abounds, with occasional female vocals that tend to sound out of place over the loose and semi-funky, improv-like tunes. (The exception to this rule is the opening "Vortexture," a tight and hooky pop song that sounds somewhat like a psychedelicized Stereolab and is the album's strongest track by far.) The problem is that there's little to maintain interest here; songs like "Lush" sound like jazz-pop tracks that have had the main solos removed, leaving only a backing group who vamps along agreeably for a few minutes but does little else. There are a few interesting grooves, like the Latin-inflected ARP synth workout "Meju Returns," which sounds like a throwback to the early-'70s heyday of CTI Records, but overall, Electric Circus is pretty blah.

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