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  • Summary: Manu Chao produced the third album for the Mali rap group. The band name stands for the original members of the band (Sam, Ousco, Dronsky, and former member Mouzy).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    Even if you can't understand the radical message, you can at least revel in the kind of freewheeling summer backpacking soundtrack at which Chao excels. [Jul 2011, p.94]
  2. 80
    As on A&M's albums, he's captured the trio's charm and lightness of spirit within infectious grooves built around Sam's cyclical acoustic guitar riffs, with the individual raps supported by their warm, uplifting harmonies.
  3. Jun 7, 2011
    80
    It's an intriguing, varied and highly original fusion set, matching Sam's confident acoustic guitar work against slinky harmony vocals and bursts of rap.
  4. Jun 7, 2011
    70
    Maybe it's not fair to blame the producer, but certain signatures of his influence--the songs bleeding into one another, the similarities in length (every track but one is between three and four minutes), the almost mechanical percussion--add up to a general absence of raggedness and a certain harmonious blandness. That's the bad news. The good news is that, once again, the musicians at times rise above the homogenizing production.
  5. Jun 7, 2011
    70
    U.S. fans may not understand a word beyond the "Yes!" shouted out repeatedly on "Les DiriĀ­geants Africains." But musically, that sentiment pretty much sums it up.
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    The language barrier may prove too much for English-speakers, but the typically sunny, genre-blending production from world-pop maven Manu Chao should win them a place on the summer festival circuit. [Jul 2011, p.111]
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    60
    It makes for perfect summer listening. [Aug. 2011, p. 101]

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