Could We Be More

Kokoroko - Could We Be More
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2022 Ratings: #376 / 490
User Score
Based on 89 ratings
2022 Ratings: #184
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The Skinny

Creating an overnight hit could easily push an emerging act into rushing a debut album, but KOKOROKO were patient, and the results are rewarding.


An approachable, easily enjoyed debut, Could We Be More sets its own question for what Kokoroko may deliver in the future.

The Telegraph
In all it’s a fascinating mix, which should attract new recruits to Kokoroko’s ever-growing legion of fans.

As a whole, Could We Be More is an omnivorous, welcoming set whose overarching influences Kokoroko's members grew up with and around.

Mixture of West Africa and Caribbean influences. Oscar Jerome's glowing highlife guitar opens Dide O, a midway tryptic with Soul Searching (Afrobeat) and We Give Thanks. (soul).
Loud and Quiet

Little here rewards close listening – even if, for better or worse, Kokoroko are perfectly likeable to hear.

The Observer
Dreamy brass to the fore, the London jazz octet make borderlessness their business on this thoughtful, elegant record.

Tojo - 5/5 ❤
Blue Robe (Pt.I) - 4/5
Ewà Inú - 5/5 ❤
Age of Ascent - 5/5 ❤
Dide O - 5/5 ❤
Soul Searching - 5/5 ❤
We Give Thanks - 4/5
Those Good Times - 4/5
Reprise - 3/5
War Dance - 4/5
Interlude - 3/5
Home - 5/5 ❤
Something's Going On - 4/5
Outro - 3/5
Blue Robe (Pt.II) - 3/5


a bit TOO easy on the ears


This is exactly how a modern afrobeat album should sound. The production is crisp and refreshing, the musicianship is top-tier and the jams are really groovy. Of course, it is nothing game-changing, but it actually is incredibly enjoyable.
I would've loved if there was some experimentation on this album, it plays into the classic afrobeat role a bit too much on some tracks. The problem is there's not many bold choices here. If you listen to just a few tracks from the album, you know how the ... read more

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Added on: March 22, 2022