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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B00H9V9TKK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Ibibio Sound Machine are set to release their debut release through Soundway Records. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. From the banging sub-bass of 'Lets Dance' to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album's opening track 'Voice of the Bird', the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music. Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother's South-Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of the album. A large dose of electronic elements and an approach as influenced by their hometown of London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed. The LP version also comes with a free download.

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great album. I had only heard the Let's Dance track before I decided to buy this whole album. I love Let's Dance - but must say that there rest of the album is not really in the same style. It leans a lot more to the African beats than it does to the Electronic music. However - it's really fab and I recommend it.

I also love the simple, flat, cardboard packaging. I wish everybody got rid of plastic packaging where it is not needed. Including for dvds. It saves so much space too!
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By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2014
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There's a lot to like about Ibibio Sound Machine's self-titled debut album. For a start, the eight-piece band is just great: tight, funky seventies grooves jostle with Highlife guitar licks and deep synthy electronica in a soulful gumbo that feels instantly familiar and yet also new and fresh. If they're this good in the confines of the studio, I imagine they could be simply unstoppable live. There's also real diversity in the songwriting, from the brilliantly upbeat 'The Talking Fish' to the earthy slinkiness of 'Got to Move, Got to Get Out' - and I love how West African folk music keeps bubbling up through the mix, perhaps most charmingly of all in the last track, which takes 'Amazing Grace' out to rural Nigeria and gives it an African makeover that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

But what makes this album brilliant rather than merely very good is the sheer quality of Eno Williams' vocals. You can tell from the album's cover photo she's a young lady who means business, and on this album she sings with all the elegance, force, severity and self-possession of a Nigerian Grace Jones. She's a superb focal point for a rock-solid band, and on this showing she could one day become a major solo star in her own right. For now, though, all we can do is revel in the steamy African soul-funk fusion of the mighty Ibibio Sound Machine. Buy with confidence!
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Vocalist has a great voice but the production lacks the power I had hoped for resulting in a somewhat muted experience.You can hear the potential in the vocals but for the most part it remains unrealised on most of the tracks.
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I was lucky enough to see them at WOMAD this year, and they were by far my favourite act of the weekend. They sound just as great on record as they did live, I would definitely recommend this album, its amazing, her voice is amazing, every track is funky and awesome.
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Fun. Doesn't fulfil the promise of their live shows and the current band is, I would say, better. But a worthy first effort.
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