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More of the same - but pretty damn good!,
This review is from: Adagh (Audio CD)
Tamikrest have been mooted as the spiritual sons of Tinariwen. And in fact they sound remarkably similar. I can tell the difference between Tinariwen, Toumast and Terakaft but this latest ensemble is pretty much a Tinariwen tribute band. That said, surprisingly it's a "must buy" - if I had heard this CD before any of the others and judged all Taureg blues by Tamikrest's "Adagh" (the hills) I'd find it difficult to surpass. The sound is slightly fuller and maginally less strident than Tinariwen's, a little more comfortable to the western ear. But there's no obtrusive production and all the magic ingredients are there - jangly, rambling guitars, a chorus of voices, utulations, dub-like bass lines, evocative yet elsuive melody lines. The tracks are all different enough to be musically interesting enough in their own right yet Tamikrest (the knot of union) deliver more than anything the unique flavour of modern Tuareg music - that weird crossover sound of the Shadows playing Captain Beefheart songs with Osama Bin Laden on lead vocal!
It's not a great departure from anything you've heard before from similar bands. In fact it's more of the same. But it's beautiful, authentic desert blues, born of rebellion and a burning sense of injustice. I rate it highly.If they can keep delivering material of this standard, they will move out from Tinariwen's shadow. They may not be the first, or the most original. But they could just possibly, in time, be the best.