Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. More diverse than the series debut. [3 Mar 2006, p.102]
  2. This being anthropology, pretty much, a sampler is the ideal introduction.
  3. Congotronics 2 sticks closely to the sonics of the first volume, possibly because the bands do actually sound similar, or possibly because the bands have been recorded in similar fashion.
  4. This compilation goes for breadth where Konono’s Congotronics went for depth.
  5. The pace isn't all breakneck; vocal approaches range from blanket chanting to raucous call-and-response, and some stretches are plain-gasp--pretty.
  6. While the sounds of these bands will certainly be familiar to fans of Konono, there is a remarkable amount of variety on the disc.
  7. Sounds like nothing else in modern music. [#13, p.96]
  8. 70
    Initially seems more listener-friendly than Volume 1... [but] Congotronics remains radical listening. [Jan 2006, p.125]
  9. This is exciting music, and Congotronics 2, with its good new bands, extrapolates fruitfully on Congotronics.
  10. Check the track by Sobanza Mimanisa, who add guitar and more melody to the mix, as well as the accompanying DVD, which beautifully documents the recording of the CD.
  11. What's lacking this time around is the cohesiveness of the Konono No. 1 record.
  12. It didn't take long to turn the novel clank and grind of Kinshasa junkyard techno assault unit Konono No. 1 into an easy-to-use formula with enormous money-making potential.

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