Kinshasa One Two

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Feb 10, 2012
    Opener 'Halo' finds Albarn at his melancholic best, while 'K-Town' demonstrates a vitality that often seems missing from African music in its WOMAD-friendly guise.
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    The combination of the two disparate methods of performance made for quite an extraordinary menagerie of styles that will definitely appeal to hip-hop, art pop and world music fans alike.
  3. Q Magazine
    Dec 15, 2011
    The sound is at once distinctively British and uniquely African, encompassing vivid live field recordings and heavily processed electronica. [Dec. 2001 p. 126]
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    Kinshasa One Two's myriad of styles and motley participants never cease to criss-cross and collide, sublimely blending earthy tones with sleek production maneuvers to create one of the year's most unique records.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    That such disparate musicians with such massive amounts of tape from the field could put something together this tastefully gives hope that whatever and wherever Albarn decides to operate next, he conducts proceedings in the same considered fashion as he has here.
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    The resulting album is an intriguing mixture of the ancient and contemporary, with every track sounding different: electronica mixes with traditional African styles, reggae with funk and more.
  7. 80
    The most compelling tracks take drastic liberties with the original material, deconstructing Kinshasa sound systems into industrial-tropical hoedowns that reflect postmodern London more than Africa's teeming townships.
  8. 80
    You finish the record hungry for more of these febrile, insistent Kinshasa sounds--and that, surely, is mission accomplished.
  9. Dec 9, 2011
    In the increasingly prevalent spirit of similar trans-cultural musical interminglings in recent years, what we get never feels carefully curated, explicated, or tamed but rather refreshingly, bewilderingly alive -- an explosive flurry of rhythms, sounds, and voices.
  10. Oct 20, 2011
    Kinshasa One Two is worthwhile both as a cause (all proceeds from sales go to Oxfam) and as an experiment, albeit one that requires some judicious editing to extract the tracks that really count.
  11. Mojo
    Dec 22, 2011
    It's an uneven ride and not without longuers. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  12. 60
    The project's brevity certainly explains the lack of coherence over the 14 tracks, although that's not to say there aren't some thrilling individual moments.
  13. Nov 2, 2011
    The music here definitely works best when this spirit of interaction is at the forefront, with potentially disparate musical ideas serving to complement and enhance each other.
  14. Uncut
    Nov 1, 2011
    The results are impressive enough, though never totally successful in effecting seamless rapprochement between cultures. [Nov 2011, p.92]
  15. 60
    DRC Music may save the world after all, but they haven't done enough to make this a truly lasting effort.
  16. 60
    The sole constant is the skeletal, staccato patter of peppery percussion throbbing beneath each track, the everpresent heartbeat of a project in aid of Oxfam.
  17. Under The Radar
    Nov 2, 2011
    As with Albarn's other altruistic ventures, the intention is better than the product. [Oct 2011, p.98]

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