It's always going to be difficult to carve out a space in the desert blues arena when you not only have the mighty Tinariwen, but also some pretty decent runners like Toumast, Tartit and Terakaft.
Bombino gets an early point merely for having a name that doesn't begin with the letter 'T', but not long after starting to listen to this, you'll hopefully agree there's plenty of other plus points to make this album worth the investment.
Along with giving us some of the most laid-back and reflective desert blues numbers numbers I've heard, Bombino also knows how to turn up the guitar and the energy and give himself some lively beats and rhythms to play along with on other tracks like 'Idat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)'.
This album has real life and soul, helped by a production that really sparkles and yet still sounds like they're playing your living room.
Maybe his vocals could be a bit more powerful, but that's only an issue on some of the more uptemp numbers like 'Tar Hani' - probably the weakest number on the album - other than that it's a really great effort, particularly for a debut, and this guy's definitely one to watch.