After listening to the Amazon snippets, I couldn't decide whether to buy this CD or the one with Ry Cooder, so I got both and I'm glad I did; they are very different and both worth having. The Ry Cooder album is like a world-class act performed onstage. This one is like a bar in west Africa with a few musicians making good music for a small crowd of appreciative listeners. Toure is great on the guitar and the drums are really good. If you like world music, you will find interesting rhythms on slightly unfamiliar-sounding instruments, and a singing style I find often in African music--more highly pitched than western singers mostly, similar to a chant sometime but not so drawn out and more interesting to listen to. Too bad I don't understand the words! Comparisons to John Lee Hooker are over-emphasized. Toure sometimes uses a similar type of dragging rhythm, but Toure has many rhythms in his lexicon. Try it, you'll like it.