Album: Terry Callier, Hidden Conversations, (Mr Bongo)

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Rare-groove legend TC goes trip-hop, with two songs co-written with Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, who composes another, "Live with Me", himself.

As with most of Callier's work from the past decade, it's a mixed bag, older songs such as "Sunset Boulevard" matched by new material. The backings are a bit Massive-on-a-budget, with nothing as compulsive as Groove Armada's work on "Just My Imagination" from Total Recall. But the title track, "Jesse & Alice", and a Katrina song, "Rice and Beans", are great.