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. Jul 12, 2012
    100
    As with Graceland, it's not scared to be too pop... plus the lyrics are of a sounder political hue than anything Simon essayed.
  2. Jul 20, 2012
    90
    A slam-bang dance pop album of the first order, MTMTMK is technically an Africa-meets-Western-pop hybrid.
  3. Sep 11, 2012
    89
    Simply put, tMTMTMK is what music sounds like when it works.
  4. Jul 17, 2012
    88
    MTMTMK is infinitely more fascinating when it's pushing the envelope, mixing weirdness and darkness into the radiant multi-culti stew.
  5. Q Magazine
    Aug 2, 2012
    80
    MTMTMK is even more propulsive than their debut. From Kondaine's digitised kwassa kwassa to the deep-house swell of Rudeboy and Mghetto's dub throb, it thumps with worldly street rhythms. [Aug 2012, p.110]
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Producer Karlberg also has expanded his reach and grip, snatching sounds from all over and re-purposing them to serve Mwamwaya's immaculate, coruscating voice.
  7. On record, this is a joyous burst of blissed-out world pop.
  8. Jul 16, 2012
    80
    'MTMTMK' may not quite carry the same dazzling shock of hearing something truly different in the way their debut did but it is certainly an album that carries on the spirit of the debut while progressing their sound at the same time.
  9. Jul 13, 2012
    80
    A jubilant collection.
  10. Jul 11, 2012
    80
    Creative and fascinating.
  11. Jul 17, 2012
    75
    For the most part, MTMTMK chugs along merrily, creating a global dance party that's nearly impossible not to enjoy.
  12. 75
    There's nothing particularly revolutionary about their sunny dance party, but in this One World, One Spotify Playlist age, it feels like a sign of the times.
  13. Jul 19, 2012
    70
    MTMTMK is more satisfying [than debut, Warm heart of Africa], but it's still a bit overworked in ways that undercut its strengths.
  14. Jul 18, 2012
    70
    It dabbles in the kind of commercial electropop that's coming up all over the continent--but it costs the band some of its earlier warmth and subtlety.
  15. Uncut
    Jul 17, 2012
    70
    The follow-up [to 2009's Warm Heart Of Africa] is similarly energetic and eclectic. [Aug 2012, p.83]
  16. 70
    The slinky electric guitar, complex rhythms, mix of languages, and shimmery dance jam mentality wrap things up perfectly, lines blurred in the interest of the world's best party.
  17. Jul 16, 2012
    70
    They haven't lost their uplifting positivity or their restlessly inventive production spirit--they just seem to be missing a bit of that Warm Heart.
  18. 70
    MTMTMK is all about neon-soaked city raving, and the result is a stiffer, uglier and over-Westernised sound, too reliant on soulless computerisation.
  19. Jul 11, 2012
    70
    While it might not possess the anodyne lyrics of generic chart mush, the similarities are disturbingly discernible. Thankfully, such moments are in the minority.
  20. Under The Radar
    Aug 22, 2012
    65
    While the album isn't as initially thrilling as their debut, it's a grower that handily avoids the sophomore slump via its sheer soulful elan. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.121]
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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