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Jaunty melodies, and a laid back kind of social activism generally associated with smokers of the old peace herb, are the foundations of MXO's vibe.Or, some of his vibes. MXO takes his influences from everywhere and anywhere. His blend of eclectic tastes results in an album packed with soul of all sorts.He travels from US soul to Kwaito and Jo'burg hip hop. From danceable Latino to the long romantic calls of West African ballads. And there's stacks of that 70s sound, from the days when Hillbrow was briefly more of a multiracial party town than a ghetto. Peace of Mind is full of sustained brass lines, kitsch but cool "doo doo-doo" refrains, jazzed up with bursts of Fender Rhodes and synth chords, tinkles, and rhythmical close harmonies that lull you into listening.
Married to this seductive mix is a strong call for respect for women. And not just his mother - nice change there! Sure, some might find MXO's basis for respect a bit sexist because he seems to stereotype women as essentially nurturing. But with abuse of women so rampant, no sincere call for respect towards women is a wasted one.At well over an hour, perhaps some people would say MXO's album is a little lengthy. They're right. Many the songs could do with being a lot tighter or just a bit shorter. But this CD is more sensual and sympathetic than intellectually pretentious.It invokes that sleepy peace you feel when you've had a bit too much sun and the wind tickles your skin, and it's just great to be where you are. So put the music on, take off most of your clothes, and hang out near water (a hose pipe will do.)- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID:The broad, somewhat experimental nature of 'Peace of Mind' is a testament to a rising SA star who is rapidly fine-tuning his voice.- Karen Whitty for iAfrica.com
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