Zap Mama

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7 Review

by Leo Stanley

7 is Zap Mama's attempt to reach a wider, mainstream audience. Working with a full band, Zap Mama make a number of concessions to R&B and pop conventions, including covering Phoebe Snow ("Poetry Man") and recording with guest vocalists like U-Roy and Michael Franti (Spearhead, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy). While the changes might be initially disconcerting, the record works surprisingly well, demonstrating Zap Mama's exceptional vocal skills and making the group's music more accessible.

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