Security - Antibalas

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    [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]
  2. There isn't a weak moment here as everything is organized, beautifully arranged, and never feels pushed or forced.
  3. Security is absolutely accessible, with a broad, potentially surprising appeal for those willing to listen.
  4. 86
    This funk is organic. [#24, p.90]
  5. 80
    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. A series of songs that showcase their exceptional musicianship. [#17, p.98]
  9. 70
    Their mission sounds increasingly convincing. [May 2007, p.87]
  10. This is big-time party music, plain and simple.
  11. 70
    Surprisingly subdued. [Mar 2007, p.86]
  12. "Security" lunges in a new experimental direction every few minutes... but never strays far from the groove, nor its compelling indignation. [10 Mar 2007]
  13. 70
    Here the production of Chicago post-rock maven John McEntire distends their horns... and fractures their beats. [Apr 2007, p.132]
  14. 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."
  15. Security offers an insightful and excitable polyrhythmic spree for newcomers and lovers of afrobeat alike.
  16. 60
    The band’s fourth album turns down the roiling boil of 2004’s What Is This America? to a seductive simmer.
  17. Seven years on from their first album, Antibalas have developed into an unexpectedly varied, sophisticated band.
  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 Unfortunately, it's come at the cost of what originally made their music so exciting.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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