• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2009
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 6 out of 55

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  1. JoshF.
    Dec 12, 2008
    10
    Jaw-droppingly listenable and inventive. I am hooked to this joyous affirmation of humanity and connectivity!
  2. DanielM.
    Jan 20, 2009
    9
    Delightfully optimistic melodies with an almost gloomy backdrop makes the blind duo's latest a truly fun listen. It may also be true that whatever Damon Alburn touches turns to gold and the fact that K'naan is featured makes it that much more irresistible.
  3. MitchM
    Jan 6, 2009
    10
    Without a doubt, the best albulm of the year!
  4. JohnP.
    Feb 4, 2009
    10
    Some do just what they can, others shoot for the stars. This album is a stunning masterpiece, and what some people can't seem to understand, is the fact that this album was created in attempt of perfecting the balance of complexity and simplicity. Neither is the perfect route to success, though like a political party, many subscribe to a pole rather than a balance of the two. This Some do just what they can, others shoot for the stars. This album is a stunning masterpiece, and what some people can't seem to understand, is the fact that this album was created in attempt of perfecting the balance of complexity and simplicity. Neither is the perfect route to success, though like a political party, many subscribe to a pole rather than a balance of the two. This album travels great distance in an attempt to blend a wide variety of musical backgrounds, exposing what the "dull" lyrics as described below stretch to yell, that there is much more to Africa than tribal rhythms and chants. Amadou and Mariam reach there mark, and then some. Expand
  5. SerjB.
    Nov 25, 2008
    10
    Beautiful album, that's all I want to say.
  6. JesseR.
    Dec 12, 2008
    10
    awesome.. album of the year..
  7. MattM.
    Dec 19, 2008
    9
    Excellent 2nd album. This couple needs to come back to the states. I saw an electrifying show in June 2006. Simply amazing.
  8. danielh.
    Dec 2, 2008
    10
    Fantastic, I love them!!!!
  9. WillB.
    Dec 12, 2008
    9
    On the one hand, I'm not qualified to speak about this album, since I have not heard the rest of their catalogue. On the other hand, if there is any other album out right now that can top this for catchiness, poignancy, musical genius, good times, back story, and a healthy multiplier of long-time-coming, please show it to me.
  10. EleanorJ.
    Dec 16, 2008
    9
    Fun, uplifting, and a truly wonderful album.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Big production bombast in the latter half of the record--especially on 'Africa,' the English-language 'I Follow You' and the title track--could happily be skipped over, but there's at least half a record here that's as indispensible as it is likeable.
  2. The great thing about this follow-up is the way it builds on that foundation without lapsing into self-consciousness.
  3. This album is an affirmation of global connectivity and an emerging global culture that transcends and repurposes tradition as it sees fit--the sound of Mali merging with the world at large.