Tassili

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  • Summary: The Tuareg group releases their fifth studio album, fusing blues and styles of the nomadic people of the Sahara.
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Tenere Taqqim Tossam
Le dsert est jaloux Jealous Desert Tenere ti nin tenere nekkim taqqim tafuk tedu Teyyed fel shinawan ashni Itissed ehad hi tismesti Teyyed fel... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
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  1. Not "desert blues." Sadder than blues‑-too sad to be merely calming.
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    The contributions of an impressive guest list only serve to further enhance this compelling music, which remains uniquely imbued with the spirit of the environment that shaped it.
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    The result is an album of intimacy, introspection and incredible beauty; a communion with the sands.
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    80
    Their sound is dustier, more evocative of the landscape they wander; Tassili is as desolate--and as timeless--as the desert itself.
  5. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    Tinariwen's Tassili may not have the distorted guitars of previous records, but the acoustic recordings suit the contemplative mood and makes for a powerful return to their roots, as the musicians' circumstances, like getting lost in the desert, go in circles.
  6. 70
    The result is an intimate, crystalline collection of almost entirely acoustic songs that hews as closely to American folk as it does Algerian protest songs.
  7. Sep 30, 2011
    60
    The instrumental nuances make for a vibrant whole, but often times, less works best.

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  1. Sep 1, 2011
    9
    I have no idea what language the lyrics are in (Arabic perhaps?) but in any case, the music is absolutely beautiful. It's the kind of thingI have no idea what language the lyrics are in (Arabic perhaps?) but in any case, the music is absolutely beautiful. It's the kind of thing that you can just lose yourself if. This is the power that music has over someone. Expand