The Secret - Vieux Farka Touré
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  • Summary: The third album for the son of Ali Farka Toure integrates different musical styles with his Malian music and includes such guest stars as Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, and John Scofield.
  • Record Label: Six Degrees
  • Genre(s): Jazz, New Age, Pop/Rock, International, World Fusion, West African, African Traditions, Malian Music, African Folk, Guitar Virtuoso, Desert Blues, Ethnic Fusion
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Jul 7, 2011
    90
    It had that intangible love and passion behind it that so, so many albums these days are essentially lacking. The tone will brighten your day, while the passion will inspire you.
  2. Jul 7, 2011
    90
    The Secret is a giant leap forward for Farka Touré as an artist to be sure; but it's a stone killer for listeners.
  3. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    It is exciting to wonder where his creativity and talent will take him next. Judging from this release, it could be anywhere.
  4. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    With its often complex textures and patterns, much of The Secret could represent a challenging listen for those unfamiliar with music of this genre. Yet it's unquestionably a triumph; building impressively on Vieux Farka Toure's promising work to date and making good on its creator's promise to "dig deep into the secrets of my own history and my country's culture in order to move the music forward. "
  5. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    The long, swirling guitar patterns remain, as the bandleader enjoys letting a groove stretch right out before demonstrating his blues-rock credentials. [Sept. 2011, p. 104]
  6. Jul 7, 2011
    78
    Derek Trucks, jazz axe John Scofield, and producer/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno all go toe-to-toe with the phosphorescent Vieux.
  7. Jul 7, 2011
    60
    Toure sings well, but intricate solos are his forte.

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