Kinshasa One Two - DRC Music
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  • Summary: The music project headed up by Damon Albarn was mainly recorded outside, with the help of 11 other producers working with more than 50 Congolese musicians.
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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    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.
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    The sound is at once distinctively British and uniquely African, encompassing vivid live field recordings and heavily processed electronica. [Dec. 2001 p. 126]
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    70
    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.
  5. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's an uneven ride and not without longuers. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  6. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    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.
  7. Nov 2, 2011
    40
    As with Albarn's other altruistic ventures, the intention is better than the product. [Oct 2011, p.98]

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