Friday, May 16, 2008

Santogold - Santogold

After months of huge hype and a great first video posted here a few weeks ago, Santogold's debut album is finally out and, surprisingly, reactions have been mixed. This is probably the consequence of insuflating expectations too much and being announced as the creator of a groundbreaking new sound when, in the end, there's nothing particularly new in your music besides two or three isolated moments. So these are the bad news... But the good news is that "Santogold" is still loaded with infectious energy and comes full of inspired songs. One of the most eclectic works heard in recent times, there's room in here for rock anthems, new-wave homages, sick hip-hop beats, Spank Rock guest appearances and catchy pop tunes, with a singer that seems like a lab-mixture between Siouxsie Sioux, M.I.A., Lola Olafisoye of Spektrum and Sylvia Gordon of Kudu. And in such good companies, one could never create anything less than great music. (7/10)

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