The American Negro Image

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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the Los Angeles artist was part of a multimedia project that includes a podcast and film about racism in America.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
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  1. Mar 8, 2021
    Younge's spoken parts function as interludes, side commentaries, and supplemental statements related to a balanced mix of vocal numbers and instrumentals. The cuts with minimal or no vocals are poignant even without considering titles like "Dying on the Run" and "A Symphony for Sahara." Those that more prominently feature singers Loren Oden, Sam Harmonix, and Chester Gregory are filled with riveting moments.
  2. 80
    It may be an intimidating undertaking, but one that is well worth the time.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 8, 2021
    Adrian Younge's ambitious album splices all-analogue blaxploitation sounds with psychedelia. It's a volatile mix for songs. [Apr 2021, p.83]
  4. Mar 8, 2021
    Lack of focus undermines the beauty of Younge’s arrangements. The record traffics in grandeur and importance without tethering them to perspective, curiosity, or imagination. No people or passions grace his elaborate stages, giving The American Negro a vacant, bloodless feel. The American Negro is a concept album without an essence, agitprop that doesn’t know what it’s agitating for, citing everything and saying nothing.