Matana Roberts   COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
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Ranking: #124 for 2011

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4.5 superbbab808 | August 8th 11

coin coin is definitely tough to swallow, but each song on here is a very emotional experience with genuinely bone-chilling screams and contrastingly detached spoken word parts. these parts pair an unnerving aloofness in delivery with lyrics that contain attrocities of rape, death, and abuse through the eyes of a slave woman. the musicianship is also quite impeccable, with great sax playing (an obvious must) and moody piano melodies sparsed throughout. though the ideas presented lyrically are quite dense, the song structures aren't too out of the ordinary for the genre. this album is gripping in every sense and though i doubt i'll be able to listen to it again for at least a few more weeks, i definitely suggest that anyone with at least a moderate interest in free-jazz and experimental music should check this out.

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0.0 Meatplow | July 22nd 11

Somewhat pretentious and irritating, the cliche vocal performer alternating between spoken word and screaming over avant-garde/free jazz thing is kind of milked for all it's worth here. Depends if you like this sort of jazz or not, personally it's not my cup of tea though I cannot deny how pretty is at times.

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3.9 excellentErwann S. STAFF | September 24th 20

Fucking hell. When these vocals come in - wait no scratch that. When these heart-wrenching screams howl at you, or when the a capella tales are told, this record is absolutely magical. The vocal's deep spirituality is what gives the album its very own ipseity. Musically, the avant-garde jazz bits are avant-garde only because they play on the same tropes avant-garde jazz is known for: rhythmic and dissonant improv. Truth is, once something is accomplished, all its replications will never be avant-garde. It's not apres-garde though. Maybe it's garde. Notwithstanding these silly considerations, this sounds like jazz done by Godspeed, drony and cinematic, sometimes too grandiloquent for its own good, but always impacting. One jab you can land at the record's jugular also is its tendency to wait a tad too long to reveal its secrets. Coin Coin Chapter One is not without faults, but it desperately embraces said faults to be unmistakably itself.

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