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on 21 September 2011
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.