Stray

BAMBARA - Stray
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Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #32 / 81
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Based on 85 ratings
2020 Ratings: #22
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
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Wharf Cat / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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usedtobe
87
A ferocious, often arresting post punk record that packs a solid wallop, leaving a dark and ominous atmosphere within its path. This familiar yet strongly imitated sound, vocal and instrument wise has been given a fresh take and with generously muscular melodies. Glad I didn't missed this.
snowman
70
Incredibly dark and sometimes twisted. The instrumentation is actually really solid and packs a heavy punch for most of the record. Around the half way mark, you'll notice an issue. Almost every song will seemingly bleed into the next making it a bit of a sludge to sit through. The vocals are extremely limited in its range and there isn't really any melody throughout. The lyrics are pretty decent but really I just felt myself getting bored at times. Best track: Serafina
Doublez
78
No doubt that with a cover of one hand (possibly) crumbling marijuna or hash it could only be a good album ! No more jokes, but with more seriousness, Stray is a really interesting post punk/Noise Rock album!

If you are a fan of The Gun Club or Nick Cave (80's period), you will find your happiness here. The band from New York has progressed a lot, offering a more complex and refined music than before, leaving a dark and oppressive atmosphere evaporating. The relentlessly Machiavellian writing ... read more
fakeplasticrose
75
don't actually know why i keep forgetting to use this site lmao
anyway this album slaps, seeing them live in may
MasterCrackfox
76
I saw BAMBARA live a couple years ago when they were touring on their album Shadow on Everything along with IDLES. The group brought an incredible energy that efficiently hyped me up for one of my favorite modern bands. Bateh, the lead vocalist of the band, is unbridled and that energy wholly translated into their music, even if that album didn't fully capture me across the board.

In contrast, Stray lands well while staying honest to the bands original sound. The post-punk heritage is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Miracle
  2. Heat Lightning
  3. Sing Me to the Street
  4. Serafina
  5. Death Croons
  6. Stay Cruel
  7. Ben & Lily
  8. Made for Me
  9. Sweat
  10. Machete
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