BAMBARA - Stray
Stray
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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.
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
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.
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!
AltReview
75
The Brooklyn-based post-punk outfit releases their 4th album. With this record, the group continues to follow the more elegant and atmospheric direction of their previous record, “Shadow on Everything”. The band takes inspiration from acts such as Nick Cave, Swans and Daughters. “Stray” sounds dark, vile yet gracious. The 80’s-like synths, reverbed guitars and dreary vocals, give the whole thing a nocturnal and abstract vibe. Vocalist, Reid Bateh, delivers his ... read more
sanfordfriedman
70
While it has lots of high points and some great vocal work and lyrics, it can feel a little cluttered and samey. Overall though, well done.
KevinPopSlut69
80
The opening track sounds EXTREMELY familiar. Doesn't matter, this album is good.
76
This album was very hit or miss for me, but when it hits, it's some of the best post-punk music of the year.

Best Tracks: Heat Lightning, Serafina, Stay Cruel, Sweat
TommyCook
52
Among the list of offenses this album is guilty of, the poor vocals and dime a dozen sound pale in comparison to how dreadfully boring it is.
cxlebw
88
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
4THEKIDSLIKEME
86
combining modern post punk with the grim nick cave influenced vocals, bambara sets and impressive tone and attitude.
Felix_96
60
6/10

solid

Fav track: Serafina
77
“Stray” is one of the fresher post-punk albums to break through to the broader indiesphere in recent memory. Bambara embrace the same variety of lush, atmospheric bluesy punk that Iceage explored across their last two albums, but “Stray” differentiates itself with a noisier, gothic, and altogether darker tone. The album leans heavily on this atmosphere, much to its advantage — the sound is consistently interesting and evocative, and the band conjures a grimy, ... read more
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
twwalter
79
Track-by-track ratings:

1. Miracle (8.4/10)
2. Heat Lightning (7.4/10)
3. Sing Me to the Street (7.7/10)
4. Serafina (9.1/10)
5. Death Croons (7.3/10)
6. Stay Cruel (7.7/10)
7. Ben & Lily (7.4/10)
8. Made for Me (8.1/10)
9. Sweat (7.8/10)
10. Machete (8.1/10)

Average: 7.9/10
90
Feel like it's been so long that any rock album, not just post-punk, has felt so vividly realized. When I listen to this, I find myself utterly transported. The narratives are so richly defined and continue so many great wrinkles. They're also delivered brilliantly, both with the vocals and the overall arrangements. This is an album that should be opening as many doors as possible for BAMBARA.
joan_
86
Oh yes, a very spacious, grimy, dark post-punk record with lots of reverb? Sign me up.
The instrumentation in here is amazing, the mixing is impeccable and the vocals have a very unique quality. In some tracks there are haunting female vocals that compliment the album amazingly and they are standout songs for me.
It was sorta of a struggle to get into the album given that it's 43 minutes of a very numb reverby atmosphere but I got very into it and now I absolutely love it. One of my favorite ... read more
DareG
86
Just the right amount of dark, dirty swagger. 2nd half of the album starts to drag a bit until Machete brings back the edge.

Standouts: Machete, Sing Me to the Street, Serafina, Death Croons, Miracle

Dropouts: Stay Cruel
heyizlan
84
fave tracks - Miracle, Heat Lightning, Serafina, Death Croons, Ben & Lily, Sweat
least fave tracks - Stay Cruel, Made For Me
87
Two years after blowing up the South with an unforgiving bomb of Gothic Blues and Pummeling Punk, Bambara return with an equally as thrilling album. They’ve trimmed the fat and come through with a much more cohesive and straightforward album. It’s just as cinematic, throttling, and dangerous as ever. And sure, I would love to hear the band try some new material down the line. But for now, their sound remains so incredibly fresh.


Give A Listen To: "Miracle", ... read more
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
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