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The genius of the ingenious New York city-based jazz trio The Bad Plus can be heard again on their twelfth studio album entitled "It's Hard", a collection of covers that originally inhabited the pop, rock, country, jazz, and electronic music universes.
Its concept contrasts with the last year's mandatory album, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman", whose tracks were composed by the members of the quartet. 

The album opens with "Maps", an original song by the American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which is treated with a relentless musical hammering produced by bass-drums movements, getting more chaotic as it moves forward without losing any of its melodic sense. Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers", a massive hit in the UK in 1971, is rhythmically well crafted and gains a newfound perspective. Yet, its melody remains completely recognizable.