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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Malian rock quartet was produced by Matt Sweeney.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 19, 2020
    100
    Those wanting a more authentic experience (whatever that means) will be glad to know the band’s psychedelic groove is still very much present (see the swirling Gabi or Assadja) while those wanting less retroisms should head to Pour Toi with its insane disco trucker’s shift. But at its heart, Optimisme deals in the same joyous protest music Songhoy Blues are known for, only now bolstered with a grit that matches the multi-lingual lyrics.
  2. 90
    An essential album that gets better with every listen. [Nov 2020, p.86]
  3. Uncut
    Oct 19, 2020
    90
    At times it hits harder and heavier than anything they've attempted before. [Nov 2020, p.32]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 19, 2020
    80
    It's an adrenalin rush to experience rather than listen to, and the 11 tracks are over too soon. [Nov 2020, p.81]
  5. Nov 10, 2020
    80
    The band is at the top of their game and the songs all sound great, but more importantly, the messages they're expressing have never been more relevant.
  6. Oct 19, 2020
    70
    Optimisme is more Garageland than Graceland in its approach.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 27, 2020
    9
    Great collection of energetic rock beats and comforting, contemplative songs. A strong introduction for anyone interested in the Malian music scene.