Television - Baaba Maal
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Senegalese musician was produced with Barry Reynolds.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Television embodies the sound of the African future while simultaneously nodding over its shoulder at the pain, joy, suffering and beauty of the continent’s past.
  2. Television is an essential purchase for fans of West African artists, but should also be investigated by anyone who loves heartfelt, impeccably performed music.
  3. 80
    If the initial effect is underwhelming, after several plays you find the tunes have buried themselves in your head and layers of intriguing subtlety are revealed. [Aug 2009, p.98]
  4. 80
    It's clear Maal is still boxing clever. [Jul 2009]
  5. The technology on Television sometimes threatens to swamp Maal’s voice, and that’s true too--the first time I heard the album I came away thinking that he’d barely opened his mouth at all, and it wasn’t until I’d listened to it again that I changed my mind.
  6. The Senegalese seer is joined by a polyglot cast: the future's calling.
  7. The results are perfectly pleasant but rarely inspiring, hardly sterile but at the same time too smooth.

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