III (BadBadNotGood album)

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III
III (BadBadNotGood album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 2014
StudioRevolution Recording (Toronto)
Studio 69 (Toronto)
Genre
Length48:28
LabelInnovative Leisure, Pirates Blend
ProducerBadBadNotGood, Frank Dukes
BadBadNotGood chronology
BBNG2
(2012)
III
(2014)
Sour Soul
(2015)

III is the third studio album from Canadian jazz instrumental hip hop band BadBadNotGood. It was released on May 6, 2014.[1] It is the group's first album of completely original material.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100 [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
CMJfavourable[3]
Exclaim!8/10[4]
NME7/10[5]
Now4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10[7]
The 4057/10[8]

Upon its release, III received positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72 based on 8 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable".[2]

The album was a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are produced by BADBADNOTGOOD and Frank Dukes.

No.TitleLength
1."Triangle"3:47
2."Can't Leave the Night"4:39
3."Confessions" (featuring Leland Whitty)5:01
4."Kaleidoscope"7:06
5."Eyes Closed"5:58
6."Hedron"5:41
7."Differently, Still"4:43
8."Since You Asked Kindly"4:41
9."CS60"6:52
Total length:48:28
Rappcats Exclusive Version[10]
No.TitleLength
10."Shame (Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – BBNG Remix)"3:12
Total length:51:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[11]

BADBADNOTGOOD

  • Matthew Tavares – piano, keyboards, synthesizer, electric guitar; composer and producer
  • Chester Hansen – bass guitar, upright bass, electric guitar, synthesizer, sampler; composer and producer
  • Alexander Sowinski – drums, percussion, synthesizer, sampler; composer and producer, photographer

Additional contributors

  • Leland Whitty – tenor & baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; violin & viola (track 5); composer (track 3)[12]
  • Tommy Paxton-Beesley – cello & violin; electric guitar (track 9); string arranger (track 9)
  • Tom Moffat – trumpet
  • Frank Dukes – producer, assistant engineer
  • Stephen Koszler – mixing, engineer
  • Matt MacNeil – assistant engineer
  • João Carvalho – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 90
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[14] 10
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[15] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marchand, Francois (May 8, 2014). "Album of the Week: BADBADNOTGOOD". The Vancouver Sun.
  2. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for III". Metacritic. Retrieved May 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "CMJ review". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  4. ^ Exclaim! review
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ Now review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ "The 405 review". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  9. ^ "Polaris Music Prize announces 2014 long list" Archived 2014-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. Aux, June 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Rappcats Exclusive Version". Rappcats. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "BadBadNotGood - III". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  12. ^ Credits listed on AllMusic
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – BadBadNotGood – III" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "Badbadnotgood Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Badbadnotgood Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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