Antibalas | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Reviewers who say the long, discursive songs of the Afrobeat collective Antibalas are best experienced live get a cookie for calling the obvious, but that's not to concede that the records don't have their rewards. Security (Anti-), the Brooklyn band's first full-length in three years, was recorded in Chicago with John McEntire, who put every note played by the huge crew of instrumentalists (they have a roster of 17) to good effect. As on 2004's Who Is This America?, most of the songs are political and delivered in a sometimes droll, sometimes yearning tone; the elegant, razor-sharp rhythms sound like an expression of the tension between the world as it is and the world as it should be. Krudas Cubensi opens. a 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212, $17. A

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