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TNT
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CD

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"Tortoise's 3rd full length release, TNT, was written and recorded during a 10-month interval in 1997. This longer-than-usual production schedule was purposefully undertaken by the group in the hopes of crafting an expansive, diverse, yet thematically coherent offering. Clocking in at 65 minutes, it is certainly the most substantial Tortoise release to date. TNT builds upon the spare, instrumental framework of the group's first, self-titled album and the extended edits, melodic adventures, and klangfarben of the subsequent full length release, Millions Now Living Never Die. Further to this, Tortoise's interest in the possibilities offered by the remixing of tracks was realized within the actual production of TNT; individual elements, sections, or sometimes whole compositions mutate within the album's shifting framework. These techniques were suitably realized thanks in part to the use of non-linear digital recording and editing techniques, the first example of such work for the group. In addition, many of the arrangements push the group's standard instrumentation into new territories with the inclusion of strings, woodwinds, and brass."