Rolling Stone: "[A]ntique folk balladry, primal drone and explosive improvisation meet and melt in a woodland psychedelia..."
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- Released: October 3, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Young God Records
Rolling Stone - p.124"[A]ntique folk balladry, primal drone and explosive improvisation meet and melt in a woodland psychedelia..."
The Wire - p.49"The strikingly loud opener 'Blessing Force' compresses an album's worth of ideas into one song."
CMJ - p.5"The warmth of the music, like a sip of tea in a darkened living room or a flicker of candlelight...makes the album feel personal and rather drug-laden."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1004 stars out of 5 -- "[A] feverish set that borders on near-delirium....'Blessing Force' sets the tone, swooping from percussive tribalism into happy clapping and on to honking skonkery."
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Personnel: Hamid Drake (vocals, drums, frame drum); Justin Small (guitar); Ohad Benchetrit (flute, alto saxophone); Charles Waters (clarinet, alto saxophone); Ed Sortman (trumpet, background vocals); Charles Spearin (bass trumpet, flugelhorn); Nick Broste (trombone, percussion); Griffin Rodriguez (percussion, background vocals); Chris Franklin (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Doug Henderson.
Recording information: Brooklyn, NY (03/15/2006/03/16/2006); Shape Shoppe, Chicago, IL (03/15/2006/03/16/2006); Toronto, Ontario, Canada (03/15/2006/03/16/2006).
Illustrator: K. Ayer.
Photographer: Deborha Samantha.
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