Mean Love - Sinkane
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  • Summary: The fourth release for Ahmed Gallab expands his African-influenced soul sound with aspects of country, pop, and reggae music.
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  1. Aug 28, 2014
    100
    Each track, often on the theme of soured love, has a simplicity and a directness that is characteristic of the best pop.
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    90
    Mean Love, Sinkane's third full-length and second release on DFA Records, manages to create a sense of romanticism without ever being overtly emotional, with straightforward lyrics that somehow remain affecting.
  3. 83
    Mean Love is all about precision, be it in the form of a buttery vocal hook, an elastic bass line courtesy of Ish Montgomery, or a poignant lyric co-written with Greg Lofaro. In other words, it feels like this journeyman has finally arrived.
  4. Sep 4, 2014
    72
    It seems almost unfair, though, to criticize Gallab for the minor crime of engaging with a sound that’s not as inherently interesting as what he’s proven capable of elsewhere, as Mean Love cements his reputation as a capable musical wanderer willing to engage with a variety of sounds.
  5. Sep 18, 2014
    70
    With shimmering synths and deep, delicious grooves, Sinkane delivers a future-funk feast of global proportions. [No. 113, p.59]
  6. Sep 3, 2014
    70
    A true obsession with sound comes through on Mean Love, and regardless of the mode Gallab finds himself in at any given moment, stellar production and heartfelt songwriting keep the album engaging and beautiful at every turn.
  7. Aug 28, 2014
    60
    The result sounds like a stack of old 70s records your nerdiest music snob friend discovered in a dusty record store.

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