In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic Image
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  • Summary: The latest album for the supergroup of 25 musicians from the Democratic Republic of the Congo features both traditional and contemporary instruments.
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  1. The music is neither bastardized nor precious, just a riveting reflection of the ongoing allure and paradox that is the Congo.
  2. The sound is terrific, the presentation is handsome, the sound and selection are amazing; and negotiations with musicians are not done on colonial terms.
  3. The clever (and accurate) branding that associated the warm, metallic grids of those thumb pianos (or likembes) with repetitive electronic music. On that front, 7th Moon doesn't disappoint a bit.
  4. Less encumbered by the colonial detritus of Konono's overdriven drums-meet-junkyard sound, the Allstars let the rhythm section breathe and get funky with indigenous instrumentation. No distortion necessary.
  5. 80
    The Allstars have that same dynamism plus a similarly brutal rhythm section, which sounds like a billion wasps playing Sister Ray in your brain, but they have found some missing ingredients, such as melody and variation. [Sep 2008, p.112]
  6. It's an enchanting education in styles we unjustly rarely hear from. [Fall 2008, p.89]
  7. In their multi-ethnic make-up, the face-painted, twenty-something strong Allstars chant a slightly more devolved game than fellow marimba manglers Konono No.1, but the cumulative effect is similar, a sustained concussion of sound, a kind of sonic vertigo that subverts the cliché of Congo as perpetual victim.

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