There Is No End

Tony Allen - There Is No End
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #113 / 512
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Based on 114 ratings
2021 Ratings: #278
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Louder Than War

Tony Allen has left an incredible and fitting legacy with There Is No End. It is an album that is a musical triumph, one that is groundbreaking and thrilling.

90
musicOMH
Never content to hinge on traditional modalities, this surprisingly resilient and provocative collection reveals how Allen and friends triumphed against social barbarism and cosmopolitan functionality.
80
The Guardian
More cohesive than many a posthumous release, Allen’s legacy is well-served here, especially on the more experimental tracks.
80
Mojo

Whether it’s more forceful, electronically detailed efforts with The Koreatown Oddity and Danny Brown or the bristling mono tones of Jeremiah Jae and poet Ben Okri, these tracks feel more like intimate conversations, with Allen’s boundless curiosity shining through.

80
Loud and Quiet
On this extremely fitting elegy Allen’s drumming explores new realms with the same lively vigour that he showed fifty years ago.
80
FLOOD Magazine

The End’s game isn’t some grand finale or explanatory note summing up a career. Like everything else Allen was about, it’s but another piece of a greater puzzle.

77
Pitchfork
A posthumous album captures the legendary drummer and Afrobeat icon at his most copacetic and polished, meeting collaborators at their level even as he urges them to his.
75
Under The Radar

There Is No End is a fitting tribute to a brilliant musician who was never content to linger too long on the same old beat.

70
AllMusic
Taeger and Taurelle fully comprehended Allen's musicality and embraced its kaleidoscopic dimensions. As such, it is rendered free of the misdirected, sometimes jagged and piecemeal conceits that litter other artists' posthumous offerings.
70
Uncut
The DNA strands tying bop, Afrobeat, jungle and funk mean Allen’s steady, minimal jitter philosophically and rhythmically fits with a dozen resistant voices.
andiov1
77
One of those rare occasions for a posthumous album where the features enhance rather than diminish the experience
BaddieBaphomet
70
Considering he has an influential career that spans over fifty years, you really shouldn’t need any introduction to the late great Tony Allen, the exceptionally talented Afrobreat drummer and composer who passed away at 79 on April 30th, 2020. A little more than a year later, we have what is potentially his final work, and although it’s nothing particularly groundbreaking, “There Is No End” is a much better posthumous album than most and shows that Allen was still in his ... read more
Z.Younk
71
Don't sleep on this posthumous Tony Allen record from legendary Blue Note records. Lucky emcees, Danny Brown, Marlowe, Koreatown Oddity, ZelooperZ, Jah-Monte Ogbon, Jeremiah Jae, Skepta & more got a record on the legendary jazz imprint, surely a minor career achievement for them. In his final years, Allen was working with some great jazz and hip hop fusion, timeless and nostalgic, yet cutting edge and modern. He really was stretching his creative prowess further with each release until the ... read more
hiphopcritiques
68
Nothing really great here, but that mostly has to do with the performances from the guest appearances. Tony Allen fucking kills it with the drums and the instrumentation as a whole is jazzy and very well done. But, the guests on here just seem to be mixed pretty weirdly and can sometimes be pretty... messy? It's hard to explain. Still, quite a bit of people here did really well. This album was not a waste a time by any means, it is actually kind of good, but I didn't leave with anything that ... read more
80
A great send off for one of the most influential afrobeat artists of all time. There are some incredible features on this LP who compliment Tony Allen's drum work really well.

FAV: Stumbling Down, Crushed Grapes, Tres Magnifique, Rich Black, One Inna Million, Gang On Holiday, Deer In Headlights, Cosmosis
LEAST FAV: Mau Mau
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Track List

  1. Tony's Praeludium
  2. Stumbling Down (feat. Sampa the Great)
  3. Crushed Grapes (feat. Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon)
  4. Très Magnifique (feat. Tsunami)
  5. Mau Mau (feat. Mah Eeto)
  6. Coonta Kinte (feat. ZelooperZ)
  7. Rich Black (feat. The Koreatown Oddity)
  8. One Inna Million (feat. Lava La Rue)
  9. Gang on Holiday (Em I Go We?) [feat. Jeremiah Jae]
  10. Deer in Highlights (feat. Danny Brown)
  11. Hurt Your Soul (feat. Nate Bone)
  12. My Own (feat. Marlowe)
  13. Cosmosis (feat. Ben Okri & Skepta)
  14. There's No End
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Added on: March 12, 2021