Stray

BAMBARA - Stray
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #282 / 752
User Score
Based on 207 ratings
2020 Ratings: #176
Liked by 9 people
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wharf Cat / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

With Stray, the trio who comprise of twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively alongside William Brookshire on bass have scaled a new zenith of creative excellence lyrically, conceptually and sonically.

80
Loud and Quiet

On album number three, Bambara have gotten heavier than ever. Stray is ice cold, and sharp as a knife’s edge.

80
Clash

Engrossing, dark and irresistible, ‘Stray’ is a grandiose effort from an adventurous group, who just keep getting better all the time.

80
AllMusic

The production gives everything a hazy, ethereal glow, but it makes all of the blazing guitar riffs and pounding drums resonate, rather than washing them out. Easily the band's most accomplished album to date.

80
PopMatters
Haunting and deeply evocative words are sewn into a dark tapestry of atmospheric, brooding goth meets post-punk on an album that lingers like the rough outline of an aging scar.
80
Upset

Far from easy listening, but never less than captivating.

80
Uncut
An intoxicating blend of surf-rock guitar and the blussterous post-rock drama of forefathers such as Lift to Experience; a bewitching blend that makes death's ominous presence feel that much closer.
76
Paste

Stray’s grisly fiction is positively spine-tingling, and their gothic post-punk underscores both its ominous, slow crawl and short-tempered fire.

75
Under The Radar

It’s all sex, death, and sordid decadence on Bambara’s fourth full-length. Stray smartly builds on the style and intensity of 2018’s underrated Shadow on Everything by adding nuance and new ideas.

60
DIY

Bambara stay firmly on a strong but fairly predictable path.

60
Kerrang!
The Athens, Georgia trio channel Cave’s dark majesty, as well as the dirtiest sounds of early Swans.
andiov1
89
I almost missed this one, Stray is among one of the best post-punk albums I've heard to come out this year, with BAMBARA creating a sound like if Iceage and early Swans were infused together through unholy means to make this great bluesy, noisy mess.

Favorties: Miracle, Sing Me to the Street, Serafina
Least Favorite: Made for Me
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.
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
NR
don't actually know why i keep forgetting to use this site lmao
anyway this album slaps, seeing them live in may
dearsongs
73
Good to see some NYC bands still sound like this. It's a grimy city with just a few flowers, might as well sway to it.

Machete is a great tune.
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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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Added on: October 2, 2019