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Fourth album from the Brooklyn-based post-punk trio band formed in Athens, Georgia in 2009

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  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    Engrossing, dark and irresistible, ‘Stray’ is a grandiose effort from an adventurous group, who just keep getting better all the time. Bambara remain a genuine force
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On Stray, Bambara peel the curtain back further on their reality. Haunting and deeply evocative words are sewn into a dark tapestry of atmospheric, brooding goth meets post-punk on an album that lingers like the rough outline of an aging scar
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    The production gives everything a hazy, ethereal glow, but it makes all of the blazing guitar riffs and pounding drums resonate, rather than washing them out. Easily the band's most accomplished album to date
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An intoxicating blend of surf-rock guitar and the blusterous post-rock drama of forefathers such as Lift To Experience; a bewitching blend that makes death's ominous presence feel that much closer. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Each of Stray's tracks bring with it a sense of foreboding, from the eerie short-story-style lyrics to the reverb-y guitars, which land between Echo & The Bunnymen and Ennio Morricone. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    On album number three, Bambara have gotten heavier than ever. Stray is ice cold, and sharp as a knife’s edge
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Georgia-rooted trio reference Nick Cave with a mix of high seriousness and black humour
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  8. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The Athens, Ga.-via-Brooklyn band’s gripping new album is their best LP yet
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  9. 6.0 |   DIY

    Bambara stay firmly on a strong but fairly predictable path
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