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  • Summary: The Brooklyn Afro-beat ensemble releases it first album in four years on new label Daptone Records.
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
    83
    This is "world" music for our increasingly globalized times.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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