Komba - Buraka Som Sistema
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  • Summary: Portugal's Buraka Som Sistema, best known for blending African kuduro with European techno and dubstep, presents its second album. Komba is named after an Angolan religious ritual celebrated seven days after someone passes away.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    90
    On Komba, their beats are deeper, darker, and more powerful than before, pointing the way towards a new direction for the band and, consequently, their audience.
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    84
    It's all about the beats here. And they don't disappoint, nor do they let up, for the duration of the album.
  3. 80
    Through its eleven songs Komba is exactly what we all need from time to time: a hopeful rejoicing in life itself.
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    80
    At their best, mourning and dancing demand all our attention--a fact that Buraka Som Sistema realize, embrace and set to some hard-ass beats.
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    70
    Komba, the band's third album, ups the techno factor from 2008's Black Diamond, pushing Buraka's infectious kuduro-samba-house-rave hybrid into shinier, more modernistic directions.
  6. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    There aren't quite as many standout tracks this time around, but there are no real low points to speak of, and there's plenty to enjoy, especially from a beat programming standpoint -- or, even more especially, from the center of a crowded, sweat-soaked dancefloor.
  7. Nov 15, 2011
    50
    Meh. It's alright, but I'm like... I'm like a bit bored, actually.

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