Wenu Wenu - Omar Souleyman
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  • Summary: Produced by Four Tet's Kieran Hebden, the official debut studio release for the Syrian dabke singer was recorded in Brooklyn with keyboardist Rizan Sa'id.
  • Record Label: Ribbon Music
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, International, Middle Eastern Traditions, Syrian
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
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  1. Oct 23, 2013
    90
    It’s huge fun and sounds just as big.
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    It’s a crossover record rich with cultural touchstones.
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    Quite unlike any other record you'll hear this year. [Nov 2013, p.116]
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    It's certainly Omar Souleyman's most user-friendly listening experience. Hebden's democratic production style and mixing board economy, valuing every instrument equally, makes it less relentless than its ancestors.
  5. 75
    While the album itself bleeds originality, the solos themselves are almost interchangeable, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  6. Oct 29, 2013
    70
    Wenu Wenu does a decent job presenting the veteran singer, but your desire to return to this disc hinges upon your enthusiasm for that instrument's unique sound.
  7. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Happily for purists, Hebden doesn't tamper with the duo's mojo, allowing tracks such as the Kurdish Warni Warni to play themselves out in an organic frenzy.

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