Filed under: 2010 Top 25
There’s been a lot of niggling criticism of the Sun City Girls in places like The Wire that I haven’t understood or even bothered to read (there’s been a lot of praise too but still… ). In their 30-year career they’ve been accused of all sorts of fakery, exploitation and voodoo regarding their allegedly faux-ethnographical field recordings and music. They also seem to have released a tremendous amount of what I believe critics call “twatting about”.
But this, their final album proper since the death of drummer Charles Gocher, is a beautiful, focussed, fascinating and unusual album, probably their best since Torch Of The Mystics (although I can’t pretend to have heard everything). The title track in particular is a gorgeous farewell to a fallen comrade. In some ways this is the strangest album in the rundown, but it really is worth your time.
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