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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the Malian Tuareg band features guest appearances from Rodolphe Burger, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, Warren Ellis, Cass McCombs, Michah Nelson, Stephen O'Malley, and Noura Mint Seymali.
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  1. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Tinariwen's music has a beating heart to it and a genius for connecting the group's specific experiences to a broader audience. No one puts the soul of the Sahara into music so intimately and ingeniously as Tinariwen, and Amadjar is a particularly well-polished jewel.
  2. Q Magazine
    Sep 5, 2019
    80
    Tinariwen's most intoxicating record yet. [Oct 2019, p.113]
  3. Sep 5, 2019
    80
    That Tinariwen continue to extend invitations to outside inspirators, even on their own literal turf, is a testament to their unyielding collaborative spirit and on this hybrid of an album, they again summon a common musical language while sounding as authentic as ever.
  4. Mojo
    Sep 5, 2019
    80
    This whole album is a desert rock classic. [Oct 2019, p.82]
  5. Sep 6, 2019
    80
    Never resorting to cliche, they continue to be just as inspired by the universal themes of love, politics and nature as they always have been. Their musical delivery is just as heartfelt and forceful for it.
  6. The Wire
    Sep 13, 2019
    80
    It is al-gitarra in the classic style: raw and intimate, with the gravel-voiced Abaraybone leading the band through the militant and melancholy blues that have long been his trademark. [Oct 2019, p.61]
  7. Sep 12, 2019
    80
    The decision to work these songs out while camped out next to a mobile recording truck shifts the instrumental balance; the bass is less mobile, handclaps and choppy rhythm guitar set the cadence and overall things move a little slower. And Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who sings over half the songs, has never sounded more world-weary. ... But deep blue sentiments touch deeply, and Tinariwen’s music still has that reach.

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