MTMTMK

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    60
    On MTMTMK, the duo moves through a range of global sounds, from Congolese kwassa kwassa to reggaeton to electro house.
  2. Jul 31, 2012
    60
    MTMTMK dispels doubts, improving on the debut with bigger hooks.
  3. Jul 16, 2012
    60
    The partnership [Afro-Euro balance] is more complicated and less satisfying.
  4. Jul 16, 2012
    60
    Their second still bears that warmth and immediacy ... but the decision to supercharge so many tracks with clubbier beats – in other words, to make them sound a lot more like the rest of the charts – is disappointing.
  5. Mojo
    Jul 19, 2012
    40
    It seems more about Africa's love affair with US urbana, and so less endearing. [Aug 2012, p.94]
  6. Jul 11, 2012
    40
    Decidedly un-fun... Stuffed with manufactured Euro-pop, stale preset beats, Auto-Tuned vocals, and other assorted fallbacks, the album lacks both the harmonic precision and jubilant, vista-inspired mood that defined Mwamwaya's modern rendition of Malawi music on Warm Heart of Africa.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 14, 2012
    7
    I was immediately drawn into The Very Best when I heard their single featuring Vampire Weekend's frontman Ezra Koenig as he provided theI was immediately drawn into The Very Best when I heard their single featuring Vampire Weekend's frontman Ezra Koenig as he provided the perfect context to understand the music through, an African band borrowing ideas from American indie instead of the other way around. The music was melodic but focused much more on the beat than indie typically did, making for an extremely fun listen.

    This album is good too, and I recommend listening to it, but it largely dropped the carefree melodies that its predecessor had in favor of adopting a much more hip-hop centric production. The fun is still there, and it's still a solid album, but it lacks the sunny and playful atmosphere that propelled "Warm Heart of Africa" to its highest highs.
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