Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

BLO: Step Three

Deanne Sole

BLO does almost everything well, nothing eccentric or extravagant.


BLO

Step Three

Label: Hot Casa
US Release Date: 2012-05-08
UK Release Date: 2012-05-08
Label website
Amazon
iTunes

BLO does almost everything well and performs nothing eccentric or extravagant, nothing drawn-out or political -- in short, nothing Kuti-esque, even though the album was released originally in 1975, Lagos, Nigeria, and the band members were acquainted with Kuti, admired him, even played with him, and they knew too the Sierra Leonean funk frontman Geraldo Pino, whose entry into Nigeria transformed the music there forever. They were all part of a post-civil-war musical upsurge. The brass is soulful, loungey, clever, and chilly, just properly cold in "Hypocrisy" -- meanwhile the subtle guitar nickers wikki-wakka-wakka-wakka so privately it's almost subconscious. Instruments are the drawcard here: all of the singing is weak and I suspect that this has perverted "Rhythm of Love" away from the composer's intentions. The male lead on those seductive lyrics is surely not supposed to sound so awkward. But the instruments, and the songs themselves? Immaculate.

7

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.