Antibalas - Antibalas
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    90
    The Antibalas crew is in peak form, plating circles around any other second-wave Afrobeat outfit in town. [#90, p.53]
  2. Aug 31, 2012
    88
    Stripped down to a bare, live-band essence, and with the old-school touch of Roth/Daptone, Antibalas go places by simply playing it safe.
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    83
    This is "world" music for our increasingly globalized times.
  4. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    Antibalas' latest preserves the musical history of Fela Kuti, and is a hell of a good time.
  5. 80
    This fifth album of Afro-Latin rhythms, tropical chanting and brass from the former TV On The Radio (on 'Return To Cookie Mountain' and 'Dear Science') and Foals ('Antidotes') collaborators will do nicely.
  6. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    Antibalas is musical democracy in action, and an inspiring example of a band practicing what they preach.
  7. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    Antibalas is charging ahead, poised for continued recognition and celebration among Afrobeat devotees, as well as first discovery by world music dabblers.
  8. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    Antibalas is a welcome return; its slight shift in direction and production nuances reveal just how sophisticated this ensemble is, expanding the Afro-beat sound in the 21st century without sacrificing its heart.
  9. Aug 30, 2012
    80
    This is the album to prove that great Afrobeat doesn't have to be a Kuti family affair. [Sep 2012, p.97]
  10. 80
    With only six songs and coming in around 45 minutes, Antibalas explodes out of the gate with rolling percussion and doesn't let up until the last crash.
  11. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    Their fifth album is rich and intoxicating: billows of brass, sinuous guitar hooks and squiggles of hammond organ bubble up pungently from the stew.
  12. Oct 9, 2012
    78
    From the loping swagger of "Him Belly No Go Sweet" to wild rumpus closer "Sáré Kon Kon," the orchestra proves itself the top purveyor of African funk not led by the progeny of Fela himself.
  13. Aug 29, 2012
    75
    They click best as a mass of finely tuned parts. And in the latter three tracks... it really comes to the forefront, sounding so second-nature that you take the complex interplay in the underlying grooves for granted.
  14. Aug 31, 2012
    70
    How good is Antibalas the album, the band's fourth, on its own merits? The answer is: pretty good, but not as great as its inspiration.
  15. Aug 31, 2012
    70
    Not exactly subtle, but a lot less hit-ya-over-the-head than the band has been in the past. The ambiguity suits them just fine.
  16. Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Occasionally, it wears out its welcome, but at its best it's not just homage, but legacy-worthy. [Sep 2012, p.88]
  17. Aug 30, 2012
    70
    They appear to have moved back into full-on Afrika 70 revivalism. [Sep 2012, p.73]
  18. Casual bystanders might wish for more memorable songs or some advancement of the form.
  19. Aug 30, 2012
    60
    In all that attention to detail, there's flair and fire enough to quash the qualms and revel in people doing something over and doing it right. [Sep 2012, p.97]
  20. Aug 29, 2012
    60
    The sturdy vocal work of Lagos-born Amayo invites constant comparison with Fela, and Antibalas still need to do even more to create their own distinctive style.

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