L.A. Salami is currently based in London, however, he recorded his second LP, The City Of Bookmakers, in Berlin. He lets rip on the album with a diatribe against those in control who seek to keep the meek and under-privileged down. Salami is a prolific artist, The City of Bookmakers follows on from two EPs and a debut album last year, and there’s a whole bunch of albums in the can ready to be unleashed. Limited yellow and red coloured vinyl 2LP and CD on Sunday Best.
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9/10 Trevor Moore Customer review, 14th February 2018
L.A. Salami's 2nd full length offering is a resounding success. The whole record feels a much more mature and composed step forward from his debut album. Whilst I'm still a fan of his debut, the whole thing could be summarised by one of the singles 'Going Mad As The Street Bins' where he paints the picture of a bustling mind that resembles an overflowing bin. That image for me also represented his first work. Creative, inspiring, thought provoking and elaborate but less coherent. More of a splash of thoughts on a variety of pertinent issues from what is clearly a unique and well educated mind.
The City of Bootmakers feels more thought out, more complete. There's a flow to the tracks and where they leave you and pick you back up. The lyrics (by far and away L.A. Salami's most effective weapon) are still eloquent and beautiful but seem less angry and more composed. Still hitting the hard subjects and even at times expressing it in a louder form but never quite losing control. There's a knowledge and belief in what he sings about and I felt inspired to learn more about the world afterwards, with this album providing the soundtrack to my lessons.
Another promising offering from a very talented artist in a more palatable format (slightly shorter song lengths and less tracks on the album). It's rare that I would advocate for this with a release but with L.A. Salami, there is so much to listen to and study that I felt grateful for a more appropriate portion on this second album. I look forward to watching him progress and seeing him live.
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