IV (BadBadNotGood album)

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IV
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Studio album by BadBadNotGood
Released July 8, 2016
Recorded Fall 2015–Spring 2016
Studio
Genre Electronic jazz, jazz
Length 50:33
Label Innovative Leisure
BadBadNotGood chronology
Sour Soul
(2015)Sour Soul2015
IV
(2016)
Singles from IV
  1. "Speaking Gently"
    Released: April 13, 2016
  2. "Time Moves Slow"
    Released: May 17, 2016
  3. "Confessions Pt II"
    Released: June 1, 2016
  4. "Lavender"
    Released: June 15, 2016
  5. "In Your Eyes"
    Released: June 30, 2016

IV is the fourth studio album from Canadian jazz instrumental hip hop band BadBadNotGood. It was released on July 8, 2016. It features collaborations with Future Islands frontman Sam Herring, saxophonist Colin Stetson, Haitian-Canadian musician Kaytranada, American hip hop artist Mick Jenkins, and Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson.

It is also the band's first album to feature longtime touring partner and collaborator Leland Whitty as a formal member of the band.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

Colin Stetson is featured on "Confessions Pt II"
Sam Herring is featured on "Time Moves Slow"

In an interview with Howl & Echoes, the band described IV's conception and recording process:[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Clash7/10[5]
Consequence of SoundB[6]
DIY3/5 stars[7]
Exclaim!9/10[8]
The Observer4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork7.1/10[10]
Spin7/10[11]

IV received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 16 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[3]

Mackenzie Herd of Exclaim! praised the album, stating, "Each song possesses rhythmic and melodically intricate properties that sound somehow both rehearsed and spontaneous. So, while IV is extraordinary for delivering fresh music that elaborates on their past work, it feels particularly exceptional because of its forward momentum."[8] Paul Simpson of AllMusic gave the album a favorable review, stating, "It's easy to see why BBNG are the type of jazz group that appeals to people who normally don't care for jazz. They're music lovers, first and foremost, and they're directly in tune with what's happening in the music world. They blend numerous influences and don't conform to any traditions. More than anything, their music is exuberant and immensely enjoyable."[4]

Jamie Milton of DIY was more critical of the album, stating, "There’s not a great deal tying these songs together, aside from BBNG’s pursuit of the new. Collaborations aren’t here to generate headlines or set pulses racing - each serves its own noble purpose. Taken on their own, each track solidifies the group’s wild imagination, but IV is tough to stomach as the free-flowing, full-bodied juggernaut that it is."[7]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016
BBC 6 Music Albums of the Year 2016
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Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."And That, Too."4:35
2."Speaking Gently"4:07
3."Time Moves Slow" (featuring Sam Herring)4:33
4."Confessions Pt II" (featuring Colin Stetson)6:24
5."Lavender" (featuring Kaytranada)3:21
6."Chompy's Paradise"3:56
7."IV"7:03
8."Hyssop of Love" (featuring Mick Jenkins)3:19
9."Structure No. 3"4:13
10."In Your Eyes" (featuring Charlotte Day Wilson)4:11
11."Cashmere"4:51
Total length:50:33

Personnel[edit]

BadBadNotGood
  • Matthew Tavares – piano (1, 4, 7, 11), rhodes (2, 8, 9, 10), cs60 (1, 9), crumar (3, 10), bass guitar (1), drum machine (1), poly six (2), auxiliary synthesizer (5), juno 60 (6)
  • Chester Hansen – bass guitar (1-8, 10, 11), cs60 (4-6, 8), piano and crumar (2), yamaha organ (5), acoustic bass (9)
  • Alexander Sowinski – drums, percussion (1, 4-6, 11), vibraphone (10)
  • Leland Whitty – electric guitar (3, 5, 8, 10), acoustic guitar (5, 10), tenor saxophone (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 11), flute (1, 2, 6, 10, 11), bass clarinet (1, 6), soprano saxophone (1, 6), violin (10, 11), cs60, clarinet (1), vibraphone (1), alto saxophone (2)
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 54
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 48
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 106
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[16] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 100
US Billboard 200[18] 178
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[19] 10
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Innovative Leisure Bandcamp". BadBadNotGood. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "IV – BadBadNotGood". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b Simpson, Paul (2016-07-05). "IV – BadBadNotGood". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  5. ^ Walker-Smart, Sam (2016-07-18). "BADBADNOTGOOD – IV". Clash. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  6. ^ Van Nguyen, Dan (2016-07-08). "BadBadNotGood – IV". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  7. ^ a b Milton, Jamie (2016-07-08). "BADBADNOTGOOD – IV". DIY. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  8. ^ a b Herd, Mackenzie (2016-07-06). "BadBadNotGood – IV". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  9. ^ Mongredien, Phil (2016-07-10). "Badbadnotgood: IV review – overflowing with ideas". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  10. ^ Lozano, Kevin (2016-07-19). "BADBADNOTGOOD: IV". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  11. ^ Joffe, Justin (2016-07-19). "BADBADNOTGOOD – IV". Spin. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ "CHART WATCH #377". auspOp. July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – BadBadNotGood – IV" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – BadBadNotGood – IV" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 18, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  18. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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