Africa Express Presents: Maison des Jeunes Image
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  • Summary: Recorded over a week, the Malian musicians worked with Damon Albarn, David Maclean of Django Django, Ghostpoet, Holy Other, Two Inch and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. 90
    This record is a creation: you can hear the adventure in it.
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    The result is a fresh, varied set that mixes ancient and modern.
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    The result is another emphatic celebration of Malian musicianship. [Feb 2014, p.111]
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    Africa Express score by proffering a raw immediacy and innovative spirit that instantly expels any whiff of imperialist musical tourism. [Feb 2014, p.88]
  5. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    There might appear to be a hodge-podge mish-mash of genres here, with artist credits ranging from U.K. funk producer Lil Silva to hip-hop’s heady Ghostpoet (who’s Season Change with Doucoura is another album stand-out), but the blending of these somewhat disparate sounds is seamless.
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    70
    As a collection of friendly collisions, an impulsive document of how music can bring people together over musical and cultural boundaries, it's well worth the visit. [Feb 2014, p.79]