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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Northern Mali desert rock/blues band features guest appearances from Elf Kid, Iggy Pop and Stealing Sheep and was recorded in London with producer Neil Comber.
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  1. Mojo
    Jun 12, 2017
    80
    Resistance bubbles with zest and vitality. [Jul 2017, p.87]
  2. Uncut
    Jun 12, 2017
    80
    This follow-up is even better [than 2015's Music In Exile], their skittery rhythms making fuller use of R&B grooves, brass and funky licks. [Jul 2017, p.39]
  3. Jun 12, 2017
    80
    They hit a James Brown groove on Bamako, use fiddle on the Ali Farka-style Hometown, and let loose a children’s choir on One Colour, a delightful closer to a joyous, eclectic album.
  4. Jun 13, 2017
    80
    Where British guitar bands like the Arctic Monkeys have failed in enabling their audiences to dance in any way more stylised than an up-down jump, this guitar band play songs you could very nearly jive to, partner in hand.
  5. Jun 16, 2017
    80
    On second LP, Résistance, Songhoy Blues feel not only like the ultimate festival draw but also the party band par excellence.
  6. Jun 15, 2017
    80
    Their original influences were desert blues and traditional Songhai styles, but here these are transformed by tight, attacking riffs, jangling funk guitar work and the addition of brass and keyboards.
  7. Jun 19, 2017
    80
    Songhoy Blues have once again produced an album for all. The small-minded stamp of ‘world music’ does not apply here (or should anywhere really). This is quite simply a record for anyone ready to get down to some beautiful rhythms.

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  1. Jun 21, 2017
    9
    This album is a breath of fresh air. Groovy, Funky, Jazzy, Cruising Music, Jam Rock: all can be used to describe this album. Well worth aThis album is a breath of fresh air. Groovy, Funky, Jazzy, Cruising Music, Jam Rock: all can be used to describe this album. Well worth a listen, and it won't just be one listen. Expand