27 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
musical wallpaper, 11 July 2006
I am a huge fan of African music and the music of Mali in particular, but this is just the blandest thing I have ever come across. The playing is superb, especially Toumani Diabate who dominates, but musically it is devoid of ideas (standard 3 chord progressions, rhythmically safe). I am growing increasingly cynical of anything involving Ry Cooder and this seems calculated to be as inoffensive as possible to American record-buyers. Something you could play at your auntie's 60th birthday and no one would notice.