• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
Buy On
  1. 100
    The music suits because it's also dissociated‑-beaty enough to keep your foot tapping and your subconscious involved, but devoid of the escapist joy that is the miracle of so much Afropop produced from equally horrendous daily struggles.
  2. Mar 21, 2012
    90
    While his 2010 solo debut Mshini Wam (translated as Bring Me My Machine Gun) was promising in a guided-by-M.I.A. kind of way, Father Creeper is downright epic.
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Kwaito beats and highlife guitars mesh with hip hop and dubstep, while love songs crash into mordant political satire. [May 2012, p.102]
  4. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    [An] equally engaged, energised follow-up [to 2010's Mshini Wam].[Apr 2012, p.94]
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    The compelling collision of a pop sensibility with organic guitar riffs, dystopian digitalism and sharp wordplay plays out like the score to a musical set in 2012 Soweto.
  6. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    Spoek makes the "hard truths" sound like "real talk" while putting some of the world's most innovative rebel music underneath.
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    It's a blistering, at times thoughtful, scattergun grab-bag of magpie musical styles and broken beat rhymes that somehow hangs together with irrepressible energy and invention.
  8. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    If this is his starting point, his future seems limitless.
  9. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Spoek Mathambo's mixture of rapid rhymes and genre-melding combining thrillingly.
  10. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Mathambo is both voracious and omnivorous. This leads to a diverse and exciting listen.
  11. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    The result isn't a fluid hybrid or warm fusion, but something colder and more uncomfortable and ultimately more intriguing.
  12. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Sometimes, as on "Let Them Talk", the blend is finger-snappingly fluent, but more often it is deliberately disjointed to match Mathambo's fragmented tales of township life.
  13. Jul 27, 2012
    78
    The album is certainly worth a spin for any music enthusiast who wants to further expand their already-eclectic listening tastes.
  14. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    Mathambo leaps about on a hotplate of styles, rarely dwelling on a groove for long. Move with him, though, because it's worth the breakneck effort.
  15. Uncut
    Mar 16, 2012
    70
    It's the most potent sound to come out of South Africa since DJ Mujava's '08 left-field hit on Warp with "Township Funk." [Apr 2012, p.82]
  16. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    A nervy urgency courses through all of the album's experimental tangents.
  17. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    There are too many ebbs and flows, highs and lows, for this to be a great album, but one has to credit Spoek and Sub Pop for having the courage of their convictions, and trust in one another, to release such a genre defying album.
  18. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    Father Creeper is his greatest achievement thus far, succeeding, if nothing else, as demanding listeners to enter his warped headspace.
  19. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    It's got piles of ideas, some biting M.I.A.-style hooks, and all the grimy vibrancy of a night out in Soweto.
  20. Mar 15, 2012
    67
    We've heard polychromatic African skitter-pop on American indie labels before, but never this naturalistic.
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  1. Nov 20, 2013
    9
    This album represents an interesting acoustic dissociation of the works of Spoek Mathambo. Without a doubt, this presentation is a diamond inThis album represents an interesting acoustic dissociation of the works of Spoek Mathambo. Without a doubt, this presentation is a diamond in the rough. The experimental aspects of this piece are cliche, yet still unexpectedly fresh. This appears to be an artist on the rise, and I am sure that looking back on this, the album will be the stepping stone to something great. Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    6
    Spoek Mathambo on the "Father Creeper" presents a combination of hip hop with electronics and I must admit that it was done right. The vocalsSpoek Mathambo on the "Father Creeper" presents a combination of hip hop with electronics and I must admit that it was done right. The vocals are not always as they should - especially when the artist tries to sing, which is known in the case of the rappers as a common mistake. The most impressive on the album is interesting backing, which greatly stands out against the competition. Full Review »