• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: May 3, 2024
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. May 3, 2024
    100
    This is a fantastic album. It may be the best of an already-excellent run of albums produced by – and it really does bear repeating – the greatest rock band in the world.
  2. May 3, 2024
    100
    Funeral For Justice represents another step in decentralizing the public discourse from Western normative standards, hopefully allowing for a better understanding of others and ourselves.
  3. May 1, 2024
    100
    Even by Mdou Moctar’s high standards, Funeral for Justice is extraordinary. It is searing in music and lyrics, with messages that are essential in a world on fire and whose sounds can carry those messages far and wide. More than any previous Mdou Moctar album, it feels alive.
  4. May 8, 2024
    90
    Let’s keep it simple: this thing fucking rips. Moctar—along with his bandmates Ahmoudou Madassane, Mikey Coltun, and Souleymane Ibrahim—has built upon the foundations of Afrique Victime and made a tighter record that’s infused with garage rock energy. This isn’t a solemn funeral march: it’s a rallying cry.
  5. May 3, 2024
    90
    Despite its lyrical intensity, there is an abundance of passion and joy in Mdou Moctar's music that can't help but spill over with communal energy. This is a band and artist working at their peak, and Funeral for Justice is a career highlight.
  6. 90
    If you’ve heard a previous Moctar record and pieced together the best bits, you’ll have an imitation of Funeral for Justice’s righteous glory, but if you haven’t, use this record as a roadmap in discovering the previous odd-decade of Moctar’s talent.
  7. May 10, 2024
    84
    On Funeral for Justice, it’s impossible to miss—from the blood dripping off of the crows on its album cover to the screeching guitars that open its first song, it’s the proud sound of rebellion, transposed from Tamasheq into a language that refuses to be misinterpreted.
  8. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 21, 2024
    80
    It's music to stop you in your tracks. [Summer 2024, p.75]
  9. Record Collector
    Jun 12, 2024
    80
    An album that embodies the punk energy his Tuareg band are able to marshal in a live setting. [Jun 2024, p.103]
  10. The Wire
    May 14, 2024
    80
    Funeral For Justice comes a step closer to channelling an authentic Mdou Moctar live experience. The title track wastes no time to demonstrate the unfettered power on tap, bursting from silence into a series of electrifying riffs and fervent claps, never letting up. [Jun 2024, p.53]
  11. May 2, 2024
    80
    Funeral for Justice finds the band flying high while creating songs they believe passionately in, resulting in the strongest album of Mdou Moctar’s career.
  12. ‘Modern Slaves’ is the only track that reflects the mournful suggestion of the album’s title, its lament of choral voices accentuating a lyrical pain over music that is gently insistent and quietly furious. More often, ‘Funeral For Justice’ is ablaze with energy.
  13. Mojo
    Apr 30, 2024
    80
    Only relenting for the odd Tinariwen-esque chill moment (Takoba; Imajughen), this one's an amps-on-11 polemical masterpiece that warrants worldwide respect. [Jun 2024, p.90]
  14. Apr 30, 2024
    80
    Despite remarkable playing and energy that charges through much of this record, it’s also contemplative, varied and tender at times, with the gentle sway of tracks like “Takoba” hitting as hard as the noise and fury of “Sousoume Tamachek”. [May 2024, p.38]
  15. Apr 30, 2024
    80
    The grandeur is all-enveloping here; a minor epic built from a surfeit of dissident spirit and Van Halen fanaticism. Don't let Mdou Moctar be the close-kept secret of suburban shamans the world over — this is pure Tuareg delight, palatable for all.
  16. Apr 30, 2024
    80
    Funeral for Justice is the band’s most forceful album yet, tailor-made to melt minds at massive festivals.

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