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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the son of the late Mali musician Ali Farka Toure.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. The son has a strong, pleasing voice and an easy facility with the sort of æthereal, filigree guitar picking that served the father so well.
  2. Vieux already sounds like his [father's] natural heir, with confidence, expertise and a style of his own.
  3. This debut release from Vieux Farka Touré displays a precocious mastery of form.
  4. Inevitably, Vieux Farka Toure is not in the same league as his father. But he has still managed to make a very impressive and enjoyable debut album.
  5. He's already a masterful player in his own right and he has his ear cocked toward the future, not only the past.
  6. It's perfect for passing down the crown of Malian desert blues.
  7. He enjoys modern arrangements and judicious cross-genre excursions that edge up on reggae and rock, and when he lets go, his guitar lines possess the playful muscularity of a tussle among rambunctious friends.
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  1. Mark
    Feb 19, 2007
    10
    It really is that good. He truly has inherited his father's gift of layering fine melodies which could fill any room.