The Times – 9th August 2008
Remember the Canterbury sound – the hippy rock-jazz of Caravan, Matching Mole and Egg? Possibly not. This was one musical pathway that hit a dead end around the time the Damned plugged in. Here, though, six musicians (never mind that name) pay homage on a 14-minute Canterbury Tales suite.
The guitarist Jack Hues, who fronted Wang Chung, and the pianist Sam Bailey write music that veers between rock-band backbeat and gentle reflection. On their second album the sound is engagingly knotty yet melodic as one theme merges into the next. On later tracks they stretch out convincingly. For listeners wary of the avant-jazz clatter of new bands such as Fraud and Led Bib, The-Quartet are a smart alternative. –John Bungey
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