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Dancing with Bad Grammar
The Director's Cut


Artist: L.A. Salami
Label: Sunday Best
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 August 2016

Lookman Adekunle Salami (known as L.A. Salami) only picked up the guitar a few years ago after being given one for his 21st birthday. His debut album is a rousing poetical, polemical “postmodern blues” and urban folk offering entitled Dancing With Bad Grammar...

There's a hint of Bowie and Billy Bragg in L.A. Salami's debut album Dancing with Bad Grammar. This is most evident in tracks like 'The City Nowadays' which takes a humorous look at modern culture.

There's a fluidity and style around his guitar playing that makes it sound like Salami is still very much having fun. It makes the music feel fresh and it's hard not to engage with it.

'Papa Stokely (skit)' is a tongue in cheek, look at very real, larger than life characters who (probably high on something) talk sh*t while promising things they can never deliver.

As debut album's go, they don't come much finer than this. Keep an eye on Salami in the future. If there's any sense left in society then he'll get the credit he so rightly deserves.

The album contains 15 songs (1 hr, 23 min, 09 sec) and is one of the best value for money LPs I've heard in a long, long time.


Nick Smithson

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