Boys and Diamonds - Rainbow Arabia
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  • Summary: The husband-and-wife duo releases its debut full-length album of African and Middle Eastern-influenced music.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Euro synth duo, tuneful and sometimes haunting, always droney fun‑-textured, beaty lines under an unnaturally high-voiced girly-woman singing lyrics of no importance when you can make them out, which isn't often.
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    80
    Sometimes befuddling but never boring, Rainbow Arabia is making music that ultimately sounds like no one else's.
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Tiffany Preston impishly tries on accents for her FX-thinned vocals, Jamaican brogue here or a lot of Karin Dreijer Andersson wailing there, but it's the omni-directional whirl and clashing textures that consume the most.
  4. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    Boys And Diamonds is an album that takes two different roads. A journey down one avenue finds Rainbow Arabia exploring the unrefined, bespoke freedom of African rhythms, ad hoc instrumentation and unfiltered self-expression.
  5. May 2, 2011
    60
    This follow-up to their debut shows more polish and a firmer grasp on rhythm. [Apr 2011, p.106]
  6. Mar 10, 2011
    60
    What a lot of the divergent sonic explorations sum up to is an album that has a lot of ideas; perhaps more than what makes up a coherent pop record.
  7. Mar 10, 2011
    30
    Never mind the cultural appropriation bollocks, here's ethnotronic industrial pop.

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