Nomad - Bombino
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  • Summary: The second solo release for Tuareg guitarist-singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, International, African Traditions, African Folk, Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, Desert Blues, Nigerian, North African
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    Bombino and his band have released a killer document not only for fans of North African guitar music; anyone who has ever appreciated a master player make magic on a Fender while a band, which on Nomad is augmented by a few Auerbach’s go-to session men, organizes structures behind him, will find comfort in Bombino’s music.
  2. With an American bassist on half the tracks and a German drummer doubling Bombino's own guy half the time too, this is the hardest-rocking of the hard-traveling Tuareg guitarist's three distinct albums.
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    90
    Everything here certainly belongs and contributes to the rich, gritty, and ultimately joyous tone of this wonderful album.
  4. This rocks harder and faster than those fellow Tuareg bluesmen, partly due to the noticeable pop influence of another Malian act, Amadou & Mariam.
  5. 80
    [Dan Auerbach] helped Bombino make a spacious, centered record, one that stretches to appeal to Western listeners--like the nomads, known for their circular dancing, who temporarily inhabit the fields of Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., every June--without strain or clutter or hipness overload.
  6. 80
    Nomad confirms Bombino's promise, but with a few added surprises.
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    50
    It remains to be seen whether Nomad reveals Bombino to be an artist of limited means or one who is making the occasional misstep on the way to something great.

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  1. Feb 5, 2014
    8
    I didn't understand the lyrics, of course. But the music more than makes up for it. This album has some very beautiful guitar work. My favorite tracks are: Niamey Jam, Adinat, Her Tenere, and Imidiwan. Expand