Boys and Diamonds

  • Record Label: Kompakt
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Q Magazine
    May 2, 2011
    60
    This follow-up to their debut shows more polish and a firmer grasp on rhythm. [Apr 2011, p.106]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mar 18, 2011
    49
    Boys and Diamonds bustles with African, Indian, and Caribbean rhythms, and boasts some genuinely interesting production in places. But the songwriting is ultimately too blocky and dull and slapped together for it to succeed as the thing it most wants to be-- a pop record.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 7, 2011
    40
    The tunes can be slight, and sometimes their spirit of appropriation leaves them rather red-handed. [Apr 2011, p.91]

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