High Water (El-P album)

High Water is a collaborative studio album by El-P featuring The Blue Series Continuum. It was released through Thirsty Ear Recordings on March 9, 2004.[7] It peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.[8]

High Water
Studio album by
El-P featuring The Blue Series Continuum
ReleasedMarch 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)
GenreElectronic, jazz fusion
LabelThirsty Ear
El-P chronology
Fantastic Damage
High Water
Collecting the Kid
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Dusted Magazineunfavorable[4]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "In sum, it's a moody and haunting record with a few highs, a few lows, and lots of shades of blue to make your way through."[2] David Moore of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.2 out of 10, saying, "El-P's edits and subtle production work strengthens the ensemble's more indulgent moments."[6] He added, "El-P sometimes seems reluctant to interfere with the ensemble's improvisation, which is a shame considering that the album's strongest tracks show him taking the reins from individual players."[6] Meanwhile, Stefan Braidwood of PopMatters said, "El-P has now proven beyond all doubt that he merits a further word in his description, and that word is: genius."[7]

Track listing

1."Please Stay (Yesterday)"2:37
2."Sunrise Over Bklyn"10:33
3."Get Your Hand Off My Shoulder, Pig"6:34
4."Get Modal"5:06
5."Intrigue in the House of India"6:33
6."Something Is Wrong"4:09
7."When the Moon Was Blue"6:42
8."Please Leave (Yesterday)"1:51


Credits adapted from liner notes.


Chart Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[8] 46


  1. "High Water (Mark) by El-P". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. Jurek, Thom. "High Water - El-P". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. Marsh, Peter (2004). "El-p High Water Review". BBC. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. Bivins, Jason (March 10, 2004). "El-P - High Water". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on February 3, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. Segal, Dave (June 1, 2004). "El-P: High Water (Mark)". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  6. Moore, David (October 31, 2014). "El-P: High Water / Collecting the Kid". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  7. Braidwood, Stefan (April 30, 2004). "EL-P: High Water". PopMatters. Archived from the original on February 10, 2005. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. "El-P: Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
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