Animamigrante (Ita)

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Review Text Almamegretta actually sounds like a self-contained Italian equivalent of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound gang on their debut album. The title track and "Figli di Annibale" ("Children of Hannibal") in particular recall reggae-rooted dub sound science wizardry à la Sherwood, but Animamigrante is an album full of Almamegretta's own atmospheric tricks and urban mix techniques, groove music that pays careful attention to melody. The opening "'O BBuono E 'O Malamente" evokes Peter Gabriel a bit, but the acoustic "Suddd," with its dub bassline, Arabic-tinged melodies, and vocals in Italian (actually Neapolitan) dialect, shows the quartet's commitment to expanding the dub sound spectrum by bringing their own Mediterranean elements into the mix. "Sangha e Anema" starts off with upbeat ragga toasting before shifting to a mournful, moody Arabic keyboard and vocal melody over the continuing beat for the bridge -- a formula Almamegretta often returns to here and on later albums. "Fattallà" is pure ragga, but very haunting, atmospheric, "heady" music as much as body rock, which is a pretty good description of Almamegretta's style and the intelligence the group displays in balancing both sides of the dub equation. A very strong debut by a group that dub underground fans should make the extra effort to seek out. ~ Don Snowden

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  1. 1. O Bbuono E 'O Malamente
  2. 2. SUDDD0
  3. 3. Figli di Annibale(?)
  4. 4. Fattalla
  5. 5. Anima Migrante
  6. 6. Sanghe E Anema
  7. 7. 'O Cielo Pe' Cuscino
  8. 8. Sole
  9. 9. Terra
  10. 10. Fattalla, Pt. 2
  11. 11. 0
  12. 12. 0
  13. 13. Figli di Annibale

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Release Date
11/18/03 

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