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  • Summary: This is the latest release from the Congolese collective produced by Vincent Kenis.
  • Record Label: Crammed Discs
  • Genre(s): International, African Traditions, African Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar, Mbira
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  1. Jun 25, 2014
    80
    There are some extraordinary moments, from the unaccompanied chanting and likembe workout on Thus Spoke the Ancestors to the suitably spooky and edgy title track.
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Somehow the music manages to be deeply exotic and familiar at the same time. [Jun 2014, p.50]
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    80
    On the surface, Beware The Fetish is like My Bloody Valentine or Metal Machine Music, as unbowed or compromised by trying to give the people what they want. Yet at its heart is a burning desire to make fantastic pop music. [Aug 2014, p.88]
  4. Jun 25, 2014
    80
    This is an album that resists being the Other, but also resists even entering into a discourse that would consider that the only position. It is music innately of itself, and a privilege to hear, even at a considerable distance.
  5. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    A sprawling, bewitching album. [Aug 2014, p.108]
  6. Jul 7, 2014
    72
    This is an album that asks you to sink into its sounds, takes a left every time you expect it to take a right and moves slowly most of the time, letting things happen rather than forcing them.
  7. Jun 26, 2014
    70
    Some of the tracks can sound exhaustingly out-of-phase, but such sonic wonkiness works brilliantly on the hypnotic thumb-piano minimalism of "Down And Out," the Afro-funk of "In Praise Of Homeboys" and the Congolese heavy metal of "The Ploughman." [Aug 2014, p.75]

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