Nomad

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Apr 2, 2013
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. May 1, 2014
    100
    Nomad is more than a beautiful offering for the world music crowd. It's the defining work of a guitar hero.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    90
    Everything here certainly belongs and contributes to the rich, gritty, and ultimately joyous tone of this wonderful album.
  5. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    A perfect match of sound and soul, the set introduces a new guitar hero, and confirms Auerbach's arrival as a roots-music producer to be reckoned with.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    A tremendous (and timely) distraction from the bad news from the desert this year. [May 2013, p.85]
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    80
    Overall, this is a highly enjoyable work packed with infectious licks and proves to be an easy album to get along with from the get-go.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    Nomad confirms Bombino's promise, but with a few added surprises.
  10. This rocks harder and faster than those fellow Tuareg bluesmen, partly due to the noticeable pop influence of another Malian act, Amadou & Mariam.
  11. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    New elements like keyboards and lap steel guitar are deployed carefully, filling out the sound rather than leading it astray.
  12. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    It's a pleasant, if limited set, and though there are echoes of the mesmeric style of Tinariwen, he sounds more like the attacking Vieux Farka Touré with less ambitious guitar work.
  13. 60
    This is fine internationalist guitar music.
  14. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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. MyI 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. Full Review »