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But that's not entirely fair. This trio isn't a static thing. They listen to each other and to all kinds of different sounds and if Roebke is at the heart of the matter then let's use two master bassists, Charlie Haden and Fred Hopkins, as points of reference. The unmistakeable melancholy and busy, commanding energy seem to speak in turn to Haden's and Hopkins' influences. We might characterize Shelton's performance by its unending series of queries, issued in an unassuming voice that often sits just a step off-key. Daisy, however, is all about connections; he draws the smallest links with a phrase and makes modest percussive motion swing.
Not everything works. Some melodies feel like schoolwork, and a multipart composition, "Whatever You Think is Beautiful," with its wide intervals and gothic moods, feels too thought out. Still, there's a comfortable quality that softens the uneven moments. The most memorable spell begins with "It's Enough," a smoldering piece of drama that grooves despite its generic head. "Like You Thought It Might Be" features an ecstatic bounce that levels a bland line.