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Savane

Ali Farka Touré

2006

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Savane

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3.02

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This is really interesting, partly because I can’t quite figure out what it is. There are times I think I hear Arabic, and then times when I think I hear French. And it sounds mostly Arabic, but then sometimes it doesn’t. It’s so interesting.

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African (Malian to be specific) blues is... well, it's a niche sound. I've rubbed up against it in the form of the artist Bombino before but this is a whole different level of unique. It... it FEELS like the blues. But, at the same time, it feels distinctly african. There are harminicas, banjos, and guitars... but also hand drums and some sort of unique stringed instrument (Zither? Kora? Not sure.) mixed in. It all combines into a wild and entrancing musical experience. Ali's voice is pure blues. Even though I can't understand most of what he's saying (though some of the album is in french, thankfully), his emotion comes right through the language barrier untarnished. Apparently, this album was released posthumously and, while I'm glad the world has this album, it's a crying shame that we lost this talent because the album is just really really good.

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5

So good!!! Absolutely smooth, guitar is just another vocals and it blends beautifully with the music. Distinctly African and also distinctly Blues. Fantastic!

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5

This album was a really cool change of pace. It's sound is both familiar and novel at the same time. I wouldn't have envisioned the mixture of American blues and African music to be so seamless, but this feels like it was meant to be. The intricacy of the guitar adds a lot to this album 5/5

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I sincerely wish I could play guitar as well as Ali. A fantastic album and introduction to African blues/guitar. The layering of instruments is enchanting, and everything from melody to accompaniment feels absolutely fresh and interesting.

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This is what I'd put on in the background of a neighborhood party to give people the impression I'm deep and interesting. Some will find it annoying and be reminded of the human torture scene from Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom. Those are the people who leave early and giveaway the fact they're not cut out for the Swingers Lifestyle. Everyone else grabs a random set of keys from the petri dish and goes home with a delightful stranger.

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5

REALLY good. 5 stars.

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This has a feeling of soul. Passes lingual barriers, and just damn good to jam to.

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Enjoyed well

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5

Nice memories

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5

Would be nice to have on out the back of the new Toowong pool hall while smoking a shisha but otherwise probably wouldn’t re-listen to be honest. Cool sounds though.

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I really enjoyed this, very fun to drive around to. It’s not something I would have listened to before but I can actually see myself listening to it again should I be in the mood. So for an album I’ve never listened to in a style I don’t usually consider I’m gonna give the 5 star

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I loved it that I listened to the album again.

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quality music

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Una das mejores descobertas deste guía

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Another one I’d listen to again. Love the desert blues sound from beginning to end, with nice variation in mood throughout. Amazing voice and arrangements too.

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Lovely - blues and jazz with a Malian twist - warm and enchanting from end to end.

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Prefer the grooviest parts. Very good.

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If this album had English lyrics, it would be an easy 5-star. Maybe a strange reason to penalize it, but I really wanted to understand what was being sung.

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i mean i wouldnt play it on my own but its pretty nice musically

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Good musically

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I say this is in the nicest way possible: this sounds like a CD my parents would randomly own in the early 2000s that they'd play for us while on road trips because of its somewhat jazzy and folky stylings remind them of Celtic music they enjoyed, and it would become a part of my subconscious moving forward without me ever knowing what it was. Really good!

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I like it. Random blues world music vibe

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Familiarity: 0/10 Notes: I have no idea what he was singing about, but man I loved in. African Folk, instruments playing different rhythms, soothe sounds, Ali Farka Touré transcends his language, I thoroughly enjoyed the album throughout. Real Rating 7/10

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Strong. I need to explore his music a lot more.

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Super unique feel to his music. It seems to be all tuned the same way with open strings. Love his voice although I couldn’t tell you what he’s saying. Makes me think of cold night in the desert

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enjoyed this one

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Very nice blues album. Good quality songs.

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African folk blues.. Easy listen

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Very cool desert blues, moody

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Though the language gap was limiting, the music was really cool. I could see myself listening to this again.

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Really liked this. Amazing guitar player

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This was surprisingly delicious. The songs didn't really go anywhere, but they didn't really need to. They just chilled out and did their thing; I like that.

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Foreign yet familiar. Chill but lively. Music imitating life, or is it the other way around?

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Great Album, i never heard African Blues, it's very cool

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Loved this

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Very good alternative to the US / England concept of the blues. I also hear some jazz and middle eastern music in here. Similar to the Jimmy Page / Robert Plant Led Zeppelin Unplugged album.

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Really enjoyed this, especially the first couple of songs and the title song. Will definitely listen to again (in fact, I listened to it again immediately), but I foresee I won't always be in the mood for it.

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There's a characteristic riff/line/warmup/intro in desert blues. It's not exactly a scale, so my mind makes a weak connection to ragas. This record has it in several places. Sometimes, a tune emerges from that stem, but more often the rest of the track crashes down in a percussive, deconstructed cascade. Those songs are the weirdest blues songs I've ever heard. Their coherence in incoherence is an order of magnitude stranger than any set of effects or recording techniques. Nothing here is particularly abstract, though: There is always the sense and sound of the instrument in the recording, which makes the crashing seem like that of blocks of wood. All that is just what caught my ear on the first listen. The songs that are different are also physical, but are far less formally strange. Energy crackles, but seemingly from behind a facade.

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Cool album, lots of interesting guitar Parts and lots of cool sounds

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3.5/5. Different and good. I like the instrumentals throughout the album.

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What a delight this was, excelent.

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No way! I read Matthew Mcconaughey biography recently and he mentioned this guy as his favourite artist. I listened and got hooked, can't believe he's on top 1001 albums! Buzzin, real cool, proper unique and different to anything I've ever listened to, like African meets American Western, Bluesy. Sick music for late night with a whiskey 🙏 4/5

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Auch bei diesem Machwerk hatte ich vorher schlimmste Befürchtungen. Die sich nicht im geringsten bewahrheitet haben. Das Genre African Blues war mir gänzlich unbekannt. Diese Platte ist sehr geil. Der Vergleich mit John Lee Hooker drängt sich bei Touré sehr leicht auf, aber es gibt schlimmeres, als nach Hooker zu klingen.

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Such a cool and interesting listen!

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Never should language be a barrier to enjoying music. This album is fun and will make ya wanna dance

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Pretty good. Very bluesy with a heavy African vibe.

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the looser songs are lovely

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Beautiful blues album

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pretty good, not a big fan of the genre but I think it’s executed pretty well, the songs are nice and diverse and pretty groovy 7/10

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Awesome

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Great music to have on in the background. Mellow. Enjoyed it. Read up on the production of the album, Touré had cancer and knew it'd be his last album. Puts perspective on the enjoyment and spirit of musicianship, over commercial incentive.

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Refreshingly different.

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I've become attracted of late to any form of tribal music. I love the romanticism and mystique that surrounds it. It's like a non-Western partisan and radical approach to music. Rocking the Casbah, etc. Ali Farka Touré has some great chants and even better blues. I've no idea what it all means, but I'm ready to enter the frontline.

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This is not something I'd generally play, but it's a great piece of work

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I really liked this album. It has a droning quality to the music that took me off guard...reminded me of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way. Some really interesting sounds that are hard to place what instruments are making them. But musically it works. It has, to these ears anyway, Indian elements and middle eastern as well as African. I like the languid pace and the way the guitar circles in and out of the African rhythms offering colour to the beautiful tunes. 4.25 🌟

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Rich, warm, laid back sound. Loved it. Fave Songs: Soya, Savane, Soko Yhinka, N'Jarou, Banga, Hanana, Gambari Didi

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Swagane

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Really like this. Very well executed sound that envelops you. StronG 4

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Hårt ……. ……

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Liked this more than I expected. bluesy and country-ish but without the awful truckdriver lyrics.

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Really fantastic guitar work.

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A very interesting record. I have not listened to much Malian before.

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Love hearing different kinds of music. Guy is a hell of a guitar player

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Interesting

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Not bad, some cool sounds

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Interesting to venture out into a world that I normally do not go to. Great guitar work, overall a decent album

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It was neat

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Didn't give this as much time as it probably deserved

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Blues sencillo y Cha-bo-chon.

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neat

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Esta como entre Radiohead y the Nationals, pero mas blusero.

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Blues originates from African traditions, became what it is in the American South, and returned to Africa and further evolved, and today I heard for the first time this evolution. It sounds really interesting, I loved the guitar work. Was enjoyable to explore.

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I don’t remember it

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Es como india o africana ... cansina. No me ha gustado.

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A generous three stars. It's fine. I like the odd AFT track in isolation, but this album was a little numbing. The guitars twang, the rhythms lollop along pleasantly, but nothing really stuck. A nice diversion into Malian music, which I genuinely have some fondness for, but there's better stuff out there. There's better AFT music, for starters

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Interesting indeed... just not my cup of tea...

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No idea what this about but its a bloody Jam!

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Otro comentario de mi estilo. Que está muy bien, pero me cansé a la mitad.

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This sort of presented itself to me as sort of a psychedelic, middle eastern flavored blues record. I guess not exactly Amercican blues but it was close and definitely had a similar sound until the phrase would resolve in sort of a microtonal/different way to the American ear. I enjoyed this though

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I like the genre/style of the album, but an hour of it drags on and gets a bit repetitive

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Worth a go. A bit different.

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It's good. It's slow. It sounds like the background music in a organic café.

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great vibes chill relax cool

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I love the guitar on this album! A lot of the songs weren't my favorite, but I appreciate the musicianship on display here!

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Might be a decent album for background noise, otherwise I don't see myself listening to it much more.

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Aside from not understanding the language, it's pretty good blues.

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An interesting fusion of genres, but whilst enjoyable, not sure I would go out of my way to listen.

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this kind of slaps very chill

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I’ll throw a couple of tracks into a blues or afternoon mix. Interesting song construction and melodies.

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the progression of songs was quite slow, but i enjoyed most tracks

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2.5 bumped to a 3 because I did enjoy quite a bit of the instrumentation.

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5/10

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Weniger ausgefallen als befürchtet

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Mit schlechtem Gewissen sage ich’s: weltmusik für mich schwer…

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Maybe I'm too close-minded on 'world music', but I found this nice-but-meh

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Its was ok, I couldn't really get into it and I fully blame my more "western" tastes.

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23rd September 2021 Listened to the majority on the bus home from bowling with Cox, Dan and Ailis. I really enjoyed this, not what I was expecting. I like the bluseyness, it's epherial and primal.

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Neat tunes. Not entirely my style but I respect the musicianship immensely.

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Medio gede por momentos, pero linda música.

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Really good. Unlike anything I've heard.

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Took me a few songs to get into it

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Not my favorite Toure album, but I haven't heard a bad album from the man.

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Blues africano. Un tanto rollo. Le pongo un 3 por agradecer que metan cosas distintas en la lista...

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Some really nice sounds but probably wouldn't listen again.

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An interesting fusion of the exotic sounds of North West Africa, blues and folk. Not speaking the local dialect means I obviously don't have any clue what the songs are about, which means I focused on the sounds, the grooves and the feel of the music. There are some non western scales, which gives the songs an exotic edge. Overall not bad, but I wasn't blown away in the same way the first time I heard music by John Berberian or my beloved album by The Gurus.

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This was pretty great! One that I had not heard of at all so had no expectations coming in, and it was a really interesting listen. I will definitely be checking out some more of his work

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Weirdly I thought the album got stronger as it went on - loved the last few songs.

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Took me a little while to warm up to this but it really grew on me once I was a few songs in!

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Afrikanisch/arabischer Blues ohne große nennenswerte Höhepunkte aber auch nicht schlecht.

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Enjoyable mix of African and blues music, no idea what the lyrics mean.

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This album creates a very specific ambience. It's a humid summer night in the south, I'm on an airboat en route to a Louisiana gumbo party, just cruising through the bayou. I wanna get there while the cornbread is still warm, but I'm also not rushing. I've never done any of those things in my life, but if I close my eyes while I listen to this album I feel like I might have.

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Decent blues with African twist

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World Music? Is that condescending? Proto blues, some cool call and response vocals. Guitar noodling all around, it was sometimes captivating.

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Respectable African guitar music from Ali, you wouldn't tell that this was his final effort. The minimal arrangements in the songs makes it stand out at times. Favorites: Erdi, Beto, Soya, Soko Yhinka.

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Thoroughly entertaining, infectious grooves from the master.

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Skemmtilega öðruvísi plata.

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Background music for coffee shops.

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Just not my thing

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I wanted to like this more, but not really for me.

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Not for me

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Not for me

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Not super interesting

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Throw in a fuzz pedal and drop that guitar down to B tuning and this could be a pretty rad drone metal record. As is, not something I’ll likely listen to again but I love how clean and clear the production is. Dude looks pretty cool on the cover there. I want that chair.

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Chill blues

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2/5

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Coming deep out of left field (Mali to be exact), this album has a lot of grizzled soul. Songs tend to be overly long and overstay their welcome with little variation to justify their length. This ultimately becomes an exercise in how much one can "appreciate" world music in one sitting, which isn't very long for me.

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Anti perfectionist approach to this album, I like it already. Although, opening track began to feel like a loop towards the end. Stronger vocals presence in the 2nd track. But not too compelling.... A different variation in the 3rd track but after a few seconds it shows that this song is just like the first two in terms of instrumentals. Not my type of album. Needs more variation for me. 2 stars.

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I will admit to this one being a DNF. But that's not because it's bad music - it definitely isn't. But blues isn't generally my genre as it's too slow and steady. It gets 2 because I love the harmonisation between the voices and instruments on the tracks I did listen to.

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Ok, I’ll just going to say it, it sounds like a bunch of guys having a music session together rather than a actual album. I mean maybe that’s the intention I dunno but with the exception of the album title track they all just passed me by. I like to think I’m pretty diverse and open minded with my music tastes but after a week of doing these reviews it appears that I’m not, so there’s that.

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A 2.5... ok enough for a light listen. I liked the depth of the music, in both the different instruments as well as the accents of blues, Indian, Caribbean, Spanish etc... Most of the songs in themselves were repetitive and sometimes too long. Plus not being able to take away anything lyrically and the spoken/chanting vocals knock it down for me. And was generally kinda over it by the end.

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Mix van blues, afrikaans, arabische muziek. Interessant, maar voor mij niet lang te luisteren.

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Het lijkt wel alsof het is opgenomen met een glas over de microfoon..

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Has some influences of Robert Johnson, only 90 years later. Sound a bit dull, sloppy and some instruments are out of tune. And boy, I do miss the percussion.

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Not my thing

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I couldn't get into it. Not bad, just not for me.

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Pretty chill but not a bop.

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“It was released to high critical acclaim.”

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Es como india o africana ... cansina. No me ha gustado. Antes le puse un 3. Ahora un 2.

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Didn't like it that much

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Not my type of music.

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Interesting enough as background music, but not something I’d choose to listen to

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It's an interesting take on some classic blues, but I have to admit I zoned out quite hard a few times. Just didn't super interest me. Favorite track: "Beto"

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Some very nice chill vibes, I just found it a bit lukewarm and couldn't get into it.

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Yes, all very good and fine, but really not my kind of thing. All sound very samey

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Not my vibe.

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Vestafrikansk, c2c-sample, god vokal

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Foreign language, strange melody. Didn't like it.

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Cover vibes: thousand starts Actual content: 1 little star :(

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Wasn't my jam, couldn't get into the messy sounding music.

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I'm sure this is an amazing album for a lot of people but it just didn't do it for me. The title track, Savane, was probably my favorite.

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No me gusta nada la música africana

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Not my thing

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Not my thing but I appreciate the effort.

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I did not enjoy this album.

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Het turkse muziekinstrument klinkt wel grappig, maar de muziek zelf is wat rommelig. Ik vind het niks eigenlijk. De Arabische spraak vind ik ook niet lekker klinken in deze muziek. *

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Not for me.

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Not really my thing

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No no, de binguna manera.

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seemed promising but i don’t like it sorry. not very fun

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Could not get into the music. African Blues is one of those genres that I cannot enjoy, even if it is my a famous artist or groundbreaking work.

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