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Optimisme

Songhoy Blues

Optimisme

Third album from the Northern Mali band produced by Matt Sweeney, guitarist with Skunk, Chavez and Zwan

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Fat Possum
UK Release date
23/10/2020
US Release date
23/10/2020
  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    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. “Don’t worry/You’re going to be happy/Keep fighting today/That smile will come one day”. Optimisme indeed
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    At times it hits harder and heavier than anything they've attempted before. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's an adrenalin rush to experience rather than listen to, and the 11 tracks are over too soon. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Songhoy Blues produce song after song that is resolutely up-tempo, exuberant and loaded with optimism
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  5. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Both the funk stomper Bon Bon and the highlife inspired Fey Fey feature jumpy guitar signatures that John Frusciante would be proud of, and the tracks Bare and Korfo foam and twist like dust storms carried across the breeze
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  6. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A record that punches as hard as an early AC/DC album, but is still as danceable as a Rick James cut
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