Tongues is not The Exchange Session, Vol. 3, nor is it a series of outtakes or discarded tracks from those sessions packaged simply to lure in those looking for more -- anything more -- from the deft electronics-and-percussion collaboration. (Although its release, in one sense, is the result of Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid's success; it was recorded six months after their first two dates, a few weeks before the first even came out.) Subsequent to a round of touring, where they played before all manner of jazz boffins and electronic heads, the two reconvened and recorded something that reflected the demands of a live audience. Instead of three long tracks, Tongues consists of ten short tracks. Thus, it gains a sense of immediacy, although listeners shouldn't confuse immediacy with simplicity; Hebden and Reid's music is as full of depth and ideas as before, whether driving and droning ("Rhythm Dance") or haunted (a cover of, yes, "Greensleeves").
AllMusic Review by John Bush