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For fans of electric guitar everywhere,
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This review is from: Agadez (Audio CD)
While steeped in the desert blues style, it's easily accessible to western audiences. Mostly it's a relatively subdued flowing album. Indeed you can just let it flow over you like warm water, relaxing in the ambience and this is a perfectly valid way of listening to it. But if you do you'll miss out on much. There's a delicate interweaving of two electric guitars as well as Bombino's own solos. The understated drumming enhances it well -the band is a three piece, augmented for this album by bass and rhythm guitars and percussion. Bombino's voice is smooth with just enough of an edge.
But there is also a western influence which makes itself intermittently known. The opening repetitive riff to Tenere could be a country blues from the 1930s. On the next and for me the standout track, Iyat Idounia Ayasahen, the band sounds like a Tuareg version of the Grateful Dead as the band get rocking for 9 minutes and Bombino sounds like he's channeling the spirit of Jerry Garcia. Apart from some brief applause you can't tell the difference between the studio and live tracks.
Well worth risking a few quid on.