BAMBARA - Stray
Stray
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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
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
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
anatelier
90
Like a darker, angrier cousin to Ice Age's Beyondless. This band is making real strides
Aoaystheory
83
Album of the Week : 2-17-20

Post-Punk Blues. Need I say more? Bambara's new record is the musical embodiment of cool!
their_nickname
80
Bambara continue to build their well crafted tales of misery and life gone wrong through a lens of Nick Cave and Andrew Eldritch. The music is manic and pumping with distinct western vibes that would fit nicely on Henry's Dream, while the vocals are clearly enunciated yet slurred. This gives the album an entire vibe of tension and murderous intent, which feeds into the lyrics so well. This is a very good follow up to their last album, though I would have enjoyed perhaps a bit more sonic ... read more
cxlebw
90
This is the first I have ever heard from this band and now I am upset it took this long for me to hear them.

Every song is a film. Every lyrics is an expanding, grim, dark world. The atmosphere of this album is so thick and present, you could cut it with a knife. You can feel this album. It's gothic noir cowboy blues post punk, with a touch of horns and the 80's. Too good. It doesn't overstay it's welcome-- at certain points the guitars and drums got a bit repetitive, but not to the point of ... read more
Quand0
NR
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JayCrackers
83
I found out about BAMBARA with their 2018 release, Shadow On Everything, and now they're back with their 5th studio album, Stray, and it is want i expected a Punk Blues record with elements of post-punk and noise rock which is an absolute jam. It is dark, slow and angry and just creates this evil atmosphere which i just adore

Track Review

Miracle 8/10
Heat Lightning 8/10
Sing Me to the Street 8.5/10
Serafina 8.5/10
Death Croons 8/10
Stay Cruel 8.5/10
Ben & Lily 8.5/10
Made for Me ... read more
Xristoula
70
I liked the single “serafina” few months ago but this is just another post punk album, well made but nothing’s special about it.
72
Usual stuff.
Jer
95
Bambara show an even further advancement on this album. Experimenting with slower songs different instruments and softer vocals. It makes for an amazing listening experience. They're really trying to expand their sound and become a more versatile band. Absolutely worth a listen, definitely AOTY material

Favorite Tracks: Sing Me To The Street, Serafina, Death Croons, Stay Cruel
Least Favorite: honestly, none
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