5

After the serene meditative moods of previous album "Spiritual Spiritual," B-Tribe (aka Claus Zundel/The Brave) drops the double-exposure titles and slightly—but just—increases the tempo

After the serene meditative moods of previous album "Spiritual Spiritual," B-Tribe (aka Claus Zundel/The Brave) drops the double-exposure titles and slightly—but just—increases the tempo for its fifth album. The Brave, who is simultaneously releasing a pair of chillout jazz and blues discs in his Sacred Spirit series, has become something of a factory and it shows in the generic, smooth ambient moods of "5." The fresh approaches revealed on B-Tribe's debut album, "Fiesta Fatal!," have become formulaic. But taken on its own, "5" does have a seductive, Les Baxter-esque allure. African singer Luna Mohammed goes sultry on the bluesy "Love" while sounding vaguely Indian and Pygmy on other tracks. The B-Tribe mix of spacious, slo-mo flamenco guitars across seductive rhythms, whispered voices and the odd sampled aria remain inviting.—JD