Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Espoir is one of the great surprises of 2009.
  2. 70
    Espoir is a strong start to a promising international musician’s career.
  3. Espoir is an unusual release, part interesting artifact of aesthetic oddities, part field recording of a talented man with a smooth voice who knows his way around a guitar. Not the ideal introduction to Burkina Faso, but worthwhile nonetheless.
  4. Under The Radar
    The second disc, and the real treat here, is a barebones live recording of Zopoula playing in his backyard. [Spring 2009, p.77]
  5. If we’re playing the game of comparing him to well-known people then how about a mellower and less expensively equipped Kanda Bongo Man minus the trademark hat? See, I’m stretching too.
  6. If soukous and Congolese rumba sound exotic, the reality is as bland as yam quiche.

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