• Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. There isn't a weak moment here as everything is organized, beautifully arranged, and never feels pushed or forced.
  2. Urb
    [Security] delivers a treasure trove of eclectic beats, energetic sounds, political musings and agreeable voices that come together in a perfect musical statement. [Mar 2007, p.96]
  3. Security is absolutely accessible, with a broad, potentially surprising appeal for those willing to listen.
  4. Filter
    This funk is organic. [#24, p.90]
  5. Magnet
    Security brings new elements to the mix without compromising Antibalas' fundamental power. [#75, p.94]
  6. Security delivers more epic, horn-thrusted, and tightly woven songs to launch booty into duty.
  7. With seven songs lasting about an hour, Security can be a challenging listen without a party and a packed dance floor.
  8. Billboard
    "Security" lunges in a new experimental direction every few minutes... but never strays far from the groove, nor its compelling indignation. [10 Mar 2007]
  9. This is big-time party music, plain and simple.
  10. Spin
    Surprisingly subdued. [Mar 2007, p.86]
  11. The album's lengthy tracks are daunting for the casual listener, but the CD casts a spell reminiscent in its raw power and political fervor of TV on the Radio's triumphant "Return to Cookie Mountain."
  12. Security offers an insightful and excitable polyrhythmic spree for newcomers and lovers of afrobeat alike.
  13. Under The Radar
    A series of songs that showcase their exceptional musicianship. [#17, p.98]
  14. Vibe
    Here the production of Chicago post-rock maven John McEntire distends their horns... and fractures their beats. [Apr 2007, p.132]
  15. Uncut
    Their mission sounds increasingly convincing. [May 2007, p.87]
  16. Seven years on from their first album, Antibalas have developed into an unexpectedly varied, sophisticated band.
  17. 60
    The band’s fourth album turns down the roiling boil of 2004’s What Is This America? to a seductive simmer.
  18. Perhaps the thinking is that a softer, subtler approach will make Antibalas more palatable to a wider audience. Unfortunately, it's come at the cost of what originally made their music so exciting.
  19. The explorations of Security aren’t exactly shattering, but they’re refreshing.
  20. Essential background music, if such a thing exists.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. EduardoA
    Apr 7, 2007
    This is a great album, the musicians are wonderful and the vocals are just right when and how it's needed, every person who loves good This is a great album, the musicians are wonderful and the vocals are just right when and how it's needed, every person who loves good music should listen at least to Filibuster X, Sanctuary, I.C.E. and Age, but really this album has no waste, it's good to know that there are bands in this world aiming to make quality music. Kudos to Antibalas, one of the best bands I've heard in a while Full Review »
  2. richardb
    Mar 22, 2007
    so so good right in line with Who Is This America? go to their myspace page and listen to "Hilo" and "I.C.E." to be sure: www.myspace.com/antibalas