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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Glitterhouse
  • ASIN: B004FSIXHU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Released 14 months after their debut, Adagh, the second effort by this Malian Touareg band again finds them recording with the same producer (Chris Eckman, of US rockers Dirtmusic) in the same place (Bamako’s Studio Bogolan) – and coming up with pretty similar results. If you liked what you heard last time around, Toumastin offers a slightly more varied and polished set, but offers no great departures. But if Tamikrest are new to you, this is not a bad place to start.

Tamikrest’s typical style remains Ousmane Ag Mossa’s careworn, desert-dry vocals accompanied by his electric lead guitar (often using a wah-wah effect), with rhythm guitar counterpoint, hand claps, percussion, drums and bass. Two female vocalists offer harmony vocals or call-and-response interaction with him, sometimes bursting into spine-tingling ululation. And yes, they still sing philosophically about life in the desert, family, culture, and affairs of the heart, though with lines like "You are the mistress of my thoughts", perhaps it’s just as well everything is still in Tamasheq.

Nak Amadjar Nidounia (Me, The Stranger to Life) is one of the more stripped-down pieces, and its reggae-flavoured lope and slight dub effects hint at the Bob Marley influence Ousmane has often mentioned. On Ayitma Madjam, Cheikh Ag Tiglia seems to have taken over on the slide guitar that Eckman added last time around; this time he contributes subtle mirage-like organ, here and on Tidit – although the credits seem a little out of sync with this and in other places. Addektegh is a meandering acoustic guitar interlude which sounds like it could have been worked into something more substantial or perhaps used to segue into another track to avoid drawing attention to its slightness. And on the slow, brooding closer Dihad Tedoun Itran, guest musician Matjaz Sekne adds a melancholic line on viola. It doesn’t sound out of place, but begs the question of why a local musician on a soku/njarka (local one-stringed fiddle) wasn’t used.

Does a band need to progress substantially from one album to another? AC/DC don’t seem to think so, so perhaps not. But if Tamikrest are to steal the crown of Tinariwen (the great Touareg guitar band they model themselves on) they’ll probably have to come up with something more novel next time. Maybe not roller-disco remixes or a dubstep dust bath, just a little ‘X factor’... on second thoughts, forget that last bit.

--Jon Lusk

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 1 May 2011
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Tuareg music seems to be on something of an upswing at the moment, thanks in no small degree to the crossover success of Tinariwen, whose richness of Malian desert blues has struck a chord with Western sensibilities. Tamikrest clearly model themselves on that band, but they have benefited both on their debut, Adagh (2010), and on this latest offering, from the services of producer Chris Eckman. Eckman, late of The Walkabouts, and more recently Dirtmusic, whose recent foray into similar territory on their album Bamako featured instrumentals from Tamikrest, has nudged the band in a direction guaranteed to deliver crossover success without losing the authenticity of their roots.

Equally accessible to Western ears as Tinariwen, Toumastin features the customary ululating vocal stylings and loping, almost trance-like grooves so familiar in the Tuareg sound. The album is no great stylistic leap forward from the band's debut, but is none the worse for that. This is heady and bewitching music, exotic yet strangely familiar and addictive. Best is the final track 'Dihad Tedoun Itran', whose majestic and slow paced blues sends shivers up the spine at the realisation that while this music has the gloss of something 21st century and modern, it is rooted in something much older, alien to Westerners, and yet reassuringly and hauntingly familiar. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. A. J. on 21 Sep 2011
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This is a stellar follow-up to Tamikrest's previous release "Adagh". They are often compared to the well known Touareg group Tinariwen, but Tamikrest are forging ahead with their own identity and sound. This album builds on what they started in their first release - the sounds are atmospheric and trance-like. You can imagine the desert expanses rolling ahead of them as they play. All tracks are in their native language, Tamasheq, but the liner notes give translations, which give a deeper understanding of the philosophy of these people. They are unashamedly romantic and also brutally honest about their world. They have once again mixed in reggae rhythms and have melded them well with their "traditional" Touareg blues guitar style. Stand out tracks are "Aratan n Tinariwen" and Dihad Tedoun Itran - which brings in a non-traditional viola to great emotional effect. But to be honest, the entire album is a triumph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ISR on 29 Jan 2013
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A highly enjoyable album. Tamikrest are sometimes called "Tinariwen's angry little brothers", but are much more up-beat and fun. I prefer them to Tinariwen. If you love Malian music and love guitar music, this one is for you. Listen to the track "Aratan N Tinariwen". If you are wondering about the word "Tinariwen" in the title it means "people of the desert". If you like hypnotic desert blues, give it a go, you will like it.
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By Urs1111 on 25 Sep 2013
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While listening to it, I almost felt the Sahara desert around me. Hypnotic, surprisingly soothing. I wish I could understand the lyrics.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Osborne on 24 May 2013
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This sounds more of the same - If you liked their first album, you will probably like this. Tinariwen are still the brand leaders in desert rock, their albums always have something new with a sense of excitement.
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