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

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57

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  1. MattB
    Dec 29, 2008
    5
    Its really not all that great. Not much innovation. If you like traditional african music in a pop format then by all means go for it but I assure you this album is nothing special. Be prepared to feel pleasant at best and underwhelmed at worst. You'd be much better off with the Ruby Suns - Sea Lion. I dare you to listen to Tane Mahuta and tell me there is 1 song that even approaches Its really not all that great. Not much innovation. If you like traditional african music in a pop format then by all means go for it but I assure you this album is nothing special. Be prepared to feel pleasant at best and underwhelmed at worst. You'd be much better off with the Ruby Suns - Sea Lion. I dare you to listen to Tane Mahuta and tell me there is 1 song that even approaches it on this album. There's no comparison. A further and yet still even better recommendation would be .. Animal Collective's merriweather post pavilion. Not quite as "worldly" as the previous 2...more like "otherworldly". It puts them on legend territory. No sh*t. For a great trip I'd rather listen to this than yoshimi or darkside anyday. Expand
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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.