Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A jam band to the core, they don't craft their "songs" any more cunningly, but the effect is more song-like. Then, after 52 minutes, there's an unbuzzy finale: four minutes of acoustic likembe and aged voice which I call a coda and you may call a bore. To my medium-fi ears, this is where to begin.
  2. Even amid so many 10-minute epics, Konono also finds time to pare it down. The closer, "Nakobala Lisusu Te," features only voice and a single unamplified likembe, offering a glimpse into the soul of the band, which thankfully has been resistant to change.
  3. For fans, Assume Crash Position is a necessary addition to the catalog. For the intrigued, this is an excellent starting point.
  4. Assume Crash Position is certainly not an album for every taste, but the adventurous musical globetrotter will find its rhythm infectious.
  5. It is everything Konono have given us before and more. It is one of the most vital and alive albums released so far this year and it gets better with every listen, working equally brilliantly through speakers at high volume and through earphones for an immersive experience like no other.
  6. Striking an ideal synthesis between noise, electronic and African music, Konono positions itself for the sound-clash rather than a crash--consider it scrap-heap soul for the polyrhythmically inclined.

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