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  • Artist(s): Khruangbin
  • Summary: The collaboration between Vieux Farka Touré and Khruangbin is said to be an homage to the music of the late Ali Farka Touré (Vieux's father).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Sep 22, 2022
    80
    The album's production is warm, spacious, and full of depth, but not in an overwhelming way. Ali is casual-sounding yet inspired, and a tremendously inviting listen.
  2. 80
    Both parties benefit from the collaboration on Ali: Touré gets to paint the songs he loves with a wider palette without diluting the power of the source material, and Khruangbin’s add some welcome grit to their smooth and hazy signature sound.
  3. Mojo
    Sep 22, 2022
    80
    Vieux is on fine form, but it's yet more evidence that the Texans are one of the sharpest groups around. [Oct 2022, p.84]
  4. Sep 22, 2022
    70
    Ali is filled with amazing moments but ultimately leaves more to be desired. With two instrumental juggernauts working together the expectations of these songs were high and the ambiance that flows through the album is going to shock fans of either artist. Regardless of the lows, the collaborative album allows Touré to experiment more with his vocals and his slick guitar sections became the star of the show. Overall, Ali is an album that adds to an ambiance instead of creating one, leaving the listener expecting more.
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    The songs have been reinterpreted and elevated by Khruangbin’s sonic retexturising and takes the listener through a technicoloured journey of Ali’s most-loved classics and B-sides from his extensive catalogue.
  6. Uncut
    Sep 22, 2022
    70
    Here his [Vieux's] guitar melts audaciously into Khruangbin's spacey atmospherics and futuristic R&B. [Nov 2022, p.38]
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  1. Sep 26, 2022
    10
    I wrote this review only as a Khruangbin fan initially as I had never heard of Toure before this project was announced. since I startedI wrote this review only as a Khruangbin fan initially as I had never heard of Toure before this project was announced. since I started listening to Khruangbin back in 2017 I have been absolutely engrossed in every release and am blown away by their ability to make only 3 instruments sound completely different with every release. the reinventions and the collaborations are just sublime. ALI is no different only to I being in my opinion their greatest work and Toure's vocals have transcended me and have me hooked to a language I do not understand. I feel this week I will be researching the lyrics and translations so I can fully immerse myself into such a fantastic selection of songs. there will be many people like me who discover Toure from this project, and there will no doubt be people who discover Khruangbin, but I am incredibly envious of any person out there who were fans of both Toure & Khruangbin and now get to witness these two powerhouses of world music collaborate and make what I feel is pure perfection. Expand