Television - Baaba Maal
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. The results are perfectly pleasant but rarely inspiring, hardly sterile but at the same time too smooth.
  3. The rest is a textbook example of a major African artist successfully reaching out toward Western ears without sacrificing integrity. [June 2009]
  4. 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]
  5. 80
    It's clear Maal is still boxing clever. [Jul 2009]
  6. Television is an essential purchase for fans of West African artists, but should also be investigated by anyone who loves heartfelt, impeccably performed music.
  7. It's a brave, unexpected set that veers between the brilliant and the occasionally dreadful.
  8. 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.
  9. The Senegalese seer is joined by a polyglot cast: the future's calling.

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