• Record Label: Daptone
  • Release Date: Aug 7, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Oct 9, 2012
    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.
  2. Sep 6, 2012
    Antibalas' latest preserves the musical history of Fela Kuti, and is a hell of a good time.
  3. Magnet
    Sep 5, 2012
    The Antibalas crew is in peak form, plating circles around any other second-wave Afrobeat outfit in town. [#90, p.53]
  4. Aug 31, 2012
    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.
  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
    Antibalas is musical democracy in action, and an inspiring example of a band practicing what they preach.
  7. Aug 31, 2012
    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
    This is "world" music for our increasingly globalized times.
  9. Aug 31, 2012
    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.
  10. Aug 31, 2012
    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.
  11. Aug 31, 2012
    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.
  12. Alternative Press
    Aug 30, 2012
    Occasionally, it wears out its welcome, but at its best it's not just homage, but legacy-worthy. [Sep 2012, p.88]
  13. Uncut
    Aug 30, 2012
    They appear to have moved back into full-on Afrika 70 revivalism. [Sep 2012, p.73]
  14. Mojo
    Aug 30, 2012
    This is the album to prove that great Afrobeat doesn't have to be a Kuti family affair. [Sep 2012, p.97]
  15. Aug 29, 2012
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Aug 29, 2012
    Their fifth album is rich and intoxicating: billows of brass, sinuous guitar hooks and squiggles of hammond organ bubble up pungently from the stew.

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