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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Agadez
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on 23 July 2017
very fine
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on 10 September 2017
amazing too
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VINE VOICEon 18 February 2012
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.
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on 8 November 2011
BOMBINO's album AGADEZ is one of the best buys i have done in a long time! his way of playing is truly mesmerizing - gentle yet powerful. it brings the warmth of the desert right into my living room. and after i caught him live on the TV at the Jools Holland Show the other night: no wonder he has charted so high!!
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on 2 November 2011
For those of us who can't enough of desert blues (and there are plenty of us) 'Agadez' is a welcome addition to the cannon. More laid back than the better-known Tinariwen and Tamikrest, Bombino is surely destined for great things. 'Tar Hani' will have you rocking, 'Kammou Taliat'will have you rolling in true desert blues style but for me the stand-out track has to be 'Iyat Idounia Ayasahen' ('Another World'). Nine minutes and 8 seconds of the most wonderful, mesmeric guitar which will surely transport you to 'Another World'. Love it!
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on 10 December 2011
Saw Bombino on Later with Jools recently & thought he had a great, original sound. Almost a North African, latter day Hank Marvin :-)

Downloaded the Album on the strength of that.

Have to say I am left slightly disappointed, there are a couple of standout tracks, but several come across as a studio jam.

Also his guitar work seems to be less prominent on the album whereas it was 'at the front' when I heard him on Jools.

A good Album to chill to but it didn't grab me as I hoped it might.
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on 11 November 2013
Really enjoy this album, I think it is a hidden gem that could be so much more well known. The language its sung in is unfamiliar to me but it compliments the songs well and create some really soothing melodies. The band also has an interesting story which is worth checking out.
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VINE VOICEon 29 June 2011
It's always going to be difficult to carve out a space in the desert blues arena when you not only have the mighty Tinariwen, but also some pretty decent runners like Toumast, Tartit and Terakaft.

Bombino gets an early point merely for having a name that doesn't begin with the letter 'T', but not long after starting to listen to this, you'll hopefully agree there's plenty of other plus points to make this album worth the investment.

Along with giving us some of the most laid-back and reflective desert blues numbers numbers I've heard, Bombino also knows how to turn up the guitar and the energy and give himself some lively beats and rhythms to play along with on other tracks like 'Idat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)'.

This album has real life and soul, helped by a production that really sparkles and yet still sounds like they're playing your living room.

Maybe his vocals could be a bit more powerful, but that's only an issue on some of the more uptemp numbers like 'Tar Hani' - probably the weakest number on the album - other than that it's a really great effort, particularly for a debut, and this guy's definitely one to watch.
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on 2 November 2011
Great music from new African guitar hero Bombino. Wonderful relaxed grooves and atmosphere. Compared to other tuareg music which can sometimes be a bit heavy, this is much more ear friendly and Bombino is a proper guitar player who can improvise taking this music to another dimension.
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on 2 November 2011
Easily one of the finest releases in recent memory -- Bombino is simply remarkable as a guitarist and songwriter. Fantastic music to get lost in as it transports you to the expanses of the Saharan desert - a must have for any true fan of blues, rock or African music.
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