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This review is from: Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) (Audio CD)
Sultry is a word best used sparingly when describing female singers from foreign lands, but it seems wholly appropriate with Souad Massi. The air seems to ripples with heat and dust as her alternatively plaintive and passionate voice weaves in and out of the staccato rhythms of flamenco guitars, and is buoyed up by subtle North African percussion and economical string arrangements.
Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) is the Algerian singer/songwriter's third album and it's, on the whole, a more optimistic less angst-ridden affair than 2003's aptly named Heartbroken. Stand-out tracks are the hook-laden Ilham and it's evil twin - the sonically challenging, 7 minute remix Mahmi (the same title backwards - get it?) which closes the album.