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Harmony of Difference is a studio EP by American jazz saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington. It was released on September 29, 2017, through the Young Turks record label.
Harmony of Difference is a concept album, described as a "six-movement suite" in the liner notes. The sixth track on the album, "Truth," makes up nearly half the album's length, and combines the melodies and musical ideas from the first five tracks, tying them together in a dramatic finish.
The album received considerable acclaim from critics, and the song "Truth" made several end-of-year best-of lists.
Harmony of Difference received general acclaim by music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 81, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 13 reviews. AllMusic critic Thom Jurek praised the album for being "chock-full of refreshing, sophisticated ideas, all balanced by an emphatic inclusiveness that engages the listener at both musical and emotional levels". Mark Richardson, executive editor of Pitchfork, awarded the album the "Best New Music" tag, lauding its "tireless ambition" and "explosively grand compositions and arrangements". Nick Roseblade of Drowned in Sound had special acclaim for album closer "Truth", calling it a "stand out moment" with "infectious pop sheen", despite its length.
In a less enthusiastic review for The Guardian, critic John Lewis found all the songs on the EP to suffer from "big, blustery, banal, unsatisfyingly static melod[ies] that [are] repeated over and over and over again, restated each time by horns, guitar, strings and choir". Lewis did, however, find praise for the "impressive band, particularly drum pairing Ronald Bruner Jr and Tony Austin, who rumble away excitedly and add a Coltrane-ish intensity to proceedings".