• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2013

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Apr 4, 2013
    It succeeds because of the sheer quality of her singing and the thoughtful, varied songs from the light and then furious Kouma to Mélancholie, a highly personal reflection on sadness and solitude.
  2. 100
    She remains a real original.
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    What is perhaps most impressive about Beautiful Africa is its sheer number of thrilling twists and turns.
  4. she recorded her fourth album with Polly Jean Harvey adjutant John Parish, and musically they get results.... But non-Bamanan speakers may well find that her supple vocals are no more engaging should they follow her unremarkable spiritual tribulations in English or French.
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    Being from her country means contending with the legacies of some of West Africa’s most internationally successful artists; at this point, I’d say Traoré fits comfortably alongside her forbears.
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    The Malian singer Rokia Traoré has a gentle voice with a steely core, one that’s revealed more clearly than ever on Beautiful Africa.
  7. Rokia rocks, and it's a fine and bracing thing to hear.
  8. Mojo
    Apr 10, 2013
    Seb Rochford's drumming gives songs such as Kouma an unavoidably non-traditional kick, and the guitars (primarily by the singer herself) have a crunch missing from her early recordings. [May 2013, p.85]
  9. Apr 8, 2013
    It feels like a natural step, consequently expanding the margins of Malian roots music and rock and pop simultaneously.
  10. Uncut
    Apr 4, 2013
    It's the record fans of her explosive live shows always hoped she would make and a career highlight. [May 2013, p.79]

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