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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Review - Love's a Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Mar 3, 2005 at 4:00 AM

Love's a Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa
Label: Luaka Bop/V2
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Love's a Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa

This third release in Luaka Bop's "Psychedelic" series barely resembles the drug-tinged epics we have come to love and laugh at. Still, these '70s-era pop and soul sounds recorded in Mali, Gambia, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon burn down the house in totally unexpected ways. In tracks that are full of James Brown-like squeals, atmospheric wah-wah guitars and tremendously skittering drums one hears the unmistakable strains of the African diaspora brought back home. Psychedelic skronk-organ and saucy guitars fire No. 1 de No. 1 de Guinea's "Guajira Ven"; American and Chinese influences soar over a perky organ groove in Ofo & The Black Company's "Allah Wakbarr"; chicken-scratch guitars and a manic beat impel Gaspar Lawal's "Awon-Ojise-Oluwa" like a street band about to riot. Love's a Real Thing is an engrossing collection that sounds wonderfully naive and unmistakably dangerous.

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