Life & Livin’ It

Sinkane - Life & Livin’ It
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #510 / 817
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2017 Ratings: #525
February 10, 2017 / Release Date
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City Slang / Label
Afrobeat / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Guardian
Sinkane has nowhere near the fame he deserves; may this be the album that gives you life.
80
No Ripcord

Life & Livin' It confronts the struggles and conflicts of our current times, but does so without giving in to cheap sloganeering and posturing, focusing instead on what really matters overall: the human condition and finding hope even in the seemingly most hopeless of times.

80
Clash
‘Life & Livin’ It’ is a powerful reminder that basic truths, basic rights, are always the most important.
80
musicOMH

While the eccentricities and incongruous genre-bending of old are occasionally missed, it would feel churlish to overly criticise Life & Livin’ It’s focused vision of “smiling faces, warm embraces, peace within our minds”. This is an urgent, enormously enjoyable LP.

80
God Is in the TV
Being released in the first quarter of the year, it’s a perfect pick-me-up for those stuck in a daze between the disaster of 2016 and it’s ominous repercussions.
73
Pitchfork

The highlife bluster and catchy hooks of Life & Livin’ It are sweet as taffy, like a bright sunburst of positivity that could melt ice.

70
Exclaim!
Sinkane has been able to draw his worldly experiences into something that's at once relatable, abstract and pertinent.
60
AllMusic

Life & Livin' It isn't as rich as previous offerings have been; the delicate but effective nuances are replaced by a streamlined sound rolled out at the expense of his more imaginative compositions.

60
The Independent

Compared with his perky previous albums Mars and Mean Love, there’s something underwhelming about this third effort from Ahmad Gallab, aka Sinkane – it feels every bit as pedestrian and dutiful as its title suggests, its slow, methodical grooves pleasantly light but laborious.

74
Dear listener, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Sinkane. When I first encountered his latest work, Life & Livin' It, I noticed that the "Recommended If You Like" section included Helado Negro, Toro y Moi, and Blood Orange; after briefly listening to the beginning of "Telephone" -- an infectious, Broken Bells-esque neo-disco jam that falls midway through this album -- another name immediately came to mind: the late William Onyeabor. Although our station manager ... read more
moshtaba
NR
A weird kind of funk and magic.
GABRIELinHELL
80
Very good
Z.Younk
52
Leaning more heavily into his influences in funk and island music, this one plays a bit too close to contemporary pop mores and ends up too saccharine and predictable for a genre that is already very by-the-numbers, innoffensive, and effervescent.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Deadweight
  2. U'Huh
  3. Favorite Song
  4. Fire
  5. Telephone
  6. Passenger
  7. Theme From Life & Livin' It
  8. Won't Follow
  9. The Way
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Added on: November 16, 2016