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Songhoy Blues


Second album from the Northern Mali band including appearances from Iggy Pop and Elf Kid

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  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Music is their form of resistance, and the joy of their sound, as well as the plethora of musical influences they picked up on tour, embody their defiance in never allowing something as life-affirming as music to be taken from them
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  2. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Joyous and eclectic
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  3. 8.0 |   The FT

    Their second album has more of the electrified and sped-up desert blues of their debut, but is marginally more glossy
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    The grooves are infectious, venomous even
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    The charm offensive continues apace. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Bubbles with zest and vitality. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Finds them forging firmer bonds between their native modes and Western styles
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Malian guitar band ready to take on the world
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Résistance is futile as Songhoy Blues expand their horizons while retaining their joyful essence
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Songhoy Blues feel not only like the ultimate festival draw but also the party band par excellence
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Musically richer and more varied
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    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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  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Joyous and colourful grooves
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  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Make no mistake, this is music to put a smile on your face. Songhoy Blues are here to bring the sunshine, and then some
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  15. 8.0 |   State

    With Resistance Songhoy Blues have proved that, by staying true to themselves and their music, they can now take it anywhere they want
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