Wild and whirling music, sharp in every sense.
This album leans more to the tribal than to fusion, despite the electric guitar of Noura's husband, Sheikh Ould Chighaly. That has a lot to do with Noura's vocal acrobatics, which are very special. The album loses a point for me because it is somewhat repetitive, although I admit that complaining North African music is repetitive is like complaining that chili peppers are hot.
The title track, Tzenni (which means "spinning") has had a lot of praise, and is probably the highlight of the album. But there isn't a lot of range here, and if you don't like griot vocals (Noura is Mauretanian, a child of the Sahel) you may find this CD a tad monotonous to listen to in its entirety. Taken in small doses, it's an exciting newcomer.
Highly recommended to fans of North African music!