“Among the constellation of extraordinary musicians from Mali on the scene today, Habib Koité stands out for his unerring melodic instinct and the sense of intimacy that his songs carry. ‘Soô’ upholds this standard, with interesting innovations….The songs speak of social issues, friendship, love, and nationhood: Mali is recovering from two years of political and [...]
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“Boogarins were in high school when they recorded their debut, and they spend its duration lightly teasing every record in their collections, reproducing it note-perfect faithfully while tweaking its nose….That they assembled an album that sounds this good while working in their parent’s basements says a lot about their talent. They have good taste in other people’s records, [...]
“On Beautiful Africa, Malian songwriter and guitar slinger Rokia Traoré unleashes the fiery rocker she’s been nurturing since her teens….While Beautiful Africa is her most ‘commercial’ recording — as in, friendly to Western audiences — it nonetheless follows directly the explorations her music has articulated from the beginning. It feels like a natural step, consequently [...]
“It’s imbued with a sense of timelessness: a very 21st century record that sounds like it should be playing through a battered old valve radio in an Edward Hopper painting – Nighthawks, perhaps? And apart, perhaps, from someone to make you that damn fine cup of coffee, that’s just about everything you could ask for [...]
“Musicians separated by age, style, and demographic, Elvis Costello and the Roots are nevertheless natural collaborators bound by wide taste, insatiable appetite, and fathomless record collections….Wise Up Ghost does require work from its audience, and the more you know — and the more you listen — the better it seems.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]
“It has been seven long years since France’s groundbreaking Gipsy Kings have issued a recording of new material. Savor Flamenco, the group’s debut for Knitting Factory, still features the band’s original lineup of two groups of brothers… with guest players filling out the cast….Savor Flamenco marks a welcome return for the progenitors of nuevo flamenco.” [...]
“[T]his is the very first Paradis record where she sounds like a full partner with her producer rather than the singer he illuminates. While she doesn’t leave pop behind here, she pushes its envelope — and her own — attaining a diversity that we couldn’t have imagined from her previously.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]