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Mike Barnes, The Wire, January 2002

Born gritty

"THE MANY and varied musical backgrounds of the current Sand line-up lead the group to argue violently at length about compositional and performance ideas, but almost always come to a clear artistic understanding and musical direction," says Hilary Jeffery, trombonist with British group Sand. "These tensions are clearly audible on recordings and also visible at gigs." If the result is as potent as Sand's second album for Satellite, Still Born Alive, then may this fractious element last forever.

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