Zayna Jumma

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2011
    80
    "Ishadlak Ya Khey," featuring Doueh's son Hamdan Bamaar on full drum kit, and pops busting out some flange-soaked solos, is a pleasingly noisy, impolite fusion. [Aug 2011, p.87]
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Zayna Jumma strikes a kind of compromise: shorter songs, more controlled dynamics, everything clearer. It's a band whose measure can finally be taken.
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Zayna Jumma has a similar clarity, allowing listeners to immerse themselves, for a spell, in the special magic that Group Doueh have made their own.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Much of that ecstasy comes from the beats, which somehow hurtle from one bar to the next without speeding up.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    76
    Thankfully that mixture of modesty and reticence didn't endure, because Zayna Jumma is a densely layered piece of cultural cross-pollination that consistently spills over into outright joy.
  6. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    It's an excellent introduction to the modern Western Saharan sound, and also a fine addition for existing fans of the group.
  7. The Wire
    Aug 23, 2011
    70
    The outcome is mostly a coruscating shot of tough nomadic blues, but here and there it skews into a self-indulgent liaison with a time-bound, well-worn rock sound. [Jul 2011, p.61]
  8. Jun 21, 2011
    70
    Zayna Jumma is the first non-cassette recording of the band playing in its electric glory, and their first CD release.

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