Boomerang

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Boomerang is the third album from Senegalese hip-hoppers Daara J. Here they continue their habit of using the music as a means to introduce heavier social and political issues. More important to the casual listener, though, will likely be the musical and vocal aspects themselves as the bulk of the lyrical content is in one of a number of non-English languages. The first thing one notices on the album is the introductory hyperspeed lyrical delivery that opens up Boomerang. The delivery is fast enough that the language can barely be discerned, let alone content. As the trio slows down, carefully worked out beats and bass grooves crawl in to form the real backing of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Boomerang is the third album from Senegalese hip-hoppers Daara J. Here they continue their habit of using the music as a means to introduce heavier social and political issues. More important to the casual listener, though, will likely be the musical and vocal aspects themselves as the bulk of the lyrical content is in one of a number of non-English languages. The first thing one notices on the album is the introductory hyperspeed lyrical delivery that opens up Boomerang. The delivery is fast enough that the language can barely be discerned, let alone content. As the trio slows down, carefully worked out beats and bass grooves crawl in to form the real backing of the group, making a swaying groove that will last for the majority of the album. Guest spots from Sergent Garcia, China, Disiz la Peste, and most notably Rokia Traoré add additional aspects to works that would otherwise fall mildly flat, and those works without guests tend to be somewhat more highly crafted allowing for a finer performance from the main trio only. The trio's rap delivery can become a bit dry at times and overpowering at other times, but it tends to stay anchored in both directions by the backing music. The happy medium is held throughout, despite any wanderings on the parts of the overachieving MCs. As far as West African rap goes, this is some of the absolute best. Pick up an MC Solaar album for comparison on the French points, too, though.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 740042610521
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 170,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boomerang (4:18)
  2. 2 Esperenza (3:57)
  3. 3 Exodus (4:02)
  4. 4 Bopp Sa Bopp (3:59)
  5. 5 Le Cycle - Rokia Traoré (4:57)
  6. 6 Le Précipice (4:18)
  7. 7 Paris Dakar (4:43)
  8. 8 Hip Hop Civilization (3:56)
  9. 9 Number One (4:00)
  10. 10 Si la Vie N'Est Pas Belle (3:21)
  11. 11 Babylone (3:31)
  12. 12 Magg Daan (4:48)
  13. 13 Esperanza - Sergent Garcia (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daara J Primary Artist, Vocals
China Vocals
Laurent Vernerey Bass, Bass Guitar
Balbino Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vincent Chavagnac Saxophone
Sergent Garcia Vocals
Rokia Traoré Vocals
Marc Berthoumieux Accordion
Quentin Bachelet Brass
David Aubaile Flute
Eric Mulat Trumpet
Disiz la Peste Vocals
Toma Sidibe Percussion
Jean-François Oricelli Guitar
Aladji Man Vocals
Faada Freddy Vocals
Christian Fourquet Trombone
Hector Gomez Guilbeaux Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ivan Darroman Montoya Percussion
Juan Carlos Petit Bass
Eric Mula Trumpet
J.F. Oricelli Guitar
Technical Credits
Daara J Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
B.J. Garcia Composer
Sergent Garcia Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Rokia Traoré Contributor
Patson Engineer
Quentin Bachelet Arranger, Programming, Producer
Yona Azoulay Art Direction
Papa Jubee Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Frank Loriou Graphic Design
Adamson Faye Arranger, Programming, Producer
Anthony Marciano Art Direction
Eric Mula Arranger
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