Forget the fact that there's an all-star cast on this, as on many other Zazou albums. And don't let the first track deceive you either, great though it is. Sure, starting an album with a Gerard Depardieu poetry-reading vocal over a disco rhythm with a pumping Bill Laswell baseline gets thing off on a flying start, but the rest of the album is much more quietly, electronically atmospheric, with some great French and English vocals from John Cale and Barbara Gogan especially. "Sahara Blue" is a collection of songs set to lyrics (some sung in the original French, some in English translation) by "poete maudit" Arthur Rimbaud. The album has an internationally oriented, ambient atmosphere with a bite that defies description. It may have something to do with the fact that Frenchman Zazou, who was born and raised in Algeria but was forced to move to France, appears to be uprooted and permanently caught between at least two worlds. He has been trying to unite the best of both worlds musically. "Sahara Blue" is a musical trip (in both senses), a mind-blowing experience that will leave you hungry for more. In that case, explore "Songs from the Cold Seas" with a similar all-star cast from around the North Pole Circle, "Lights in the Dark", Zazou's Irish record, or the hard-to-find "Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses" on Philips, with the most amazing vocals of all, weird and age-old-sounding vocals from Corsica, to which he provides an outspoken yet fitting accompaniment.