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  • Summary: The second solo release for Ahmed Gallab as Sinkane includes influences from Afro-pop, funk, jazz, krautrock, and soul music.
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  1. Dec 20, 2012
    Perhaps it's best enjoyed as an album of two halves--with funk on the A side, and a more introspective flipside. Either way, Sinkane's trip to the Red Planet is more than worth signing up for.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    A diasporic pop beacon for those of us from neither here nor there.
  3. 80
    [Title track "Mars" is] a rare misstep on an album that looks to both East and West, and reaches simultaneously into the past and the future.
  4. Although he's using sounds and influences from many of the musical hubs on the Earth, from Africa to America and plenty in between, with them he has created aural scenery that is so serene and heavenly that it couldn't possibly exist on our busy and frantic planet.
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    Mars is both refined and easygoing, if not a bit aloof at times.
  6. Dec 10, 2012
    The free jazz of the title track grates and some of the record falls a little bit into the background and seems almost too polite at times but Mars is a sophisticated and beguiling album full of wonder.
  7. Dec 10, 2012
    There is a great deal of music here that showcases Ahmed Gallab's musical dexterity and skills as an arranger, however it is slightly unsatisfying as a cohesive and lucid album.
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