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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
OK, this album does have flaws, notably the two pretty awful tracks where N'Dour unwisely accepts 'help' from Wyclef Jean, but the rest of it not only works well but is, in places, simply breathtaking. 'Wiri' is a superb opener with an infectious rhythmn that will be bouncing around in your head all day within no time while the second track, 'Birimi' is my favourite on...
Published on 31 Mar 2003 by Hodge

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This attempts to bring Youssou to the masses - don't do it
This album has a number of guest appearances from western singers, in an effort, no doubt, on Columbia's part to bring Youssou into the mainstream - not necessary Columbia! Youssou has one of the most original and beautiful voices in the world, to overlay this with Rap is a nonsense. Early tracks on this album are of usual Youssou standard but it goes down hill and...
Published on 15 Aug 2000


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 31 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Joko (Audio CD)
OK, this album does have flaws, notably the two pretty awful tracks where N'Dour unwisely accepts 'help' from Wyclef Jean, but the rest of it not only works well but is, in places, simply breathtaking. 'Wiri' is a superb opener with an infectious rhythmn that will be bouncing around in your head all day within no time while the second track, 'Birimi' is my favourite on the disc. Wonderful female backing vocals support a brilliantly chant like chorus and the whole effect is just sublime. It's only fault is that it is about 5 minutes too short! Of the other highlights 'My Hope is in You' is a wonderfully uplifting song of N'Dour's faith in the youth of the world, 'Don't Walk Away' (with Sting) is a beautiful guitar based song where N'Dours voice is at it's very best, and 'She Doesn't Need To Fall', another wonderful showpiece for N'Dours vocal genius. Other tracks such as 'Yama', 'Red Clay' and 'Beykat' are also excellent, as is the collaboration with Peter Gabriel, 'This Dream', which actually works well. Fortunately the cd does not end with the ghastly Wyclef remix of 'Birima' and suitable use of the Fast Forward control takes you to the last track, 'New Africa', a near perfect, simple folk like plea from N'Dour for all of Africa to work together and forget their divisions, just his voice over a synth - absolutely stunning. I may have to listen to this album every day until I'm old and grey (Wyclef tracks excepted).
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite CD ever!, 18 Dec 2013
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I bought this to replace a copy I'd had for several years. Can't live without this CD! Youssou n'Dour's is the only voice I can listen to when I'm down, or angry, or fed up, or don't want to listen to anything much. He just has a way about him... Pure therapy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This attempts to bring Youssou to the masses - don't do it, 15 Aug 2000
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This album has a number of guest appearances from western singers, in an effort, no doubt, on Columbia's part to bring Youssou into the mainstream - not necessary Columbia! Youssou has one of the most original and beautiful voices in the world, to overlay this with Rap is a nonsense. Early tracks on this album are of usual Youssou standard but it goes down hill and true fans will, I think be disappointed overall.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious success, one of my most favourite C.D.'s, 2 April 2002
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This is a magnificent C.D. The best he has done yet!
In the same way that Nelson Mandela is the yardstick for every African Politician, Youssou N'Dour is the yardstick for every African Musician.
As a singer he is unique, as he has both a very powerful voice, and a very wide vocal range.
This is a selection of some wonderfully crafted songs, maybe a bit more popish than his usual offerings, but great nevertheless. Nearly every track is very good, and also there are a few exceptional tracks e.g. Birima.
The musicianship and production on many African artists work often does not do justice to the beauty of their work, possibly due to the financial constraints, however it does on this C.D.
Anybody interested in listening to African music for the first time, must buy this C.D.
Anybody who is an African music lover will have this C.D.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sanitised Youssou N'dour, 14 Jun 2001
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This was a true disappointment. For all Youssou's well-meaning appearance on Jools Holland, a sell-out concert tour, and very good reviwes of this album, it does him no justice. The first 4 tracks are excellent exposés of Senegalese music. After that, oh dear! What is Peter Gabriel doing on African musicians' albums (he is on Manu Dibango's records too)? He is awful. And Sting? Wyclef Jean? Even if one were charitable and chose to judge this album as a Western 'pop' album it is just not up to scratch. Attempts to westernise Youssou's music have, in this case, been a dismal failure. The lesson to be learnt here is that African musicians should be left to themselves to do what they think is best and not have some kind of 'faux' persona imposed on them. Try Cheikh Lo's excellent albums if you want supreme examples of what I mean. Approach at your peril and I implore you to listen only to the first 4 tracks lest you get the impression African music sounds like Peter Gabriel. It does not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting! Joyous!, 17 Dec 2000
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A great album for Christmas 2000!! One of his best - the unusual tunes and variety of melodies mean more enjoyment! Another wondrous thing to reflect upon amongst the many Christmas celebrations!
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