Ilana: The Creator Image
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  • Summary: This is the first album recorded in a real studio with a full band for the Tuareg guitarist and songwriter born in Niger.
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  1. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    Not only is Ilana Moctar’s best record, it’s also one of the best Saharan records to reach Western ears, and an early contender for the most exhilarating rock record of 2019.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    This is a remarkable album, and made even more so by Moctar's insistence that the concept of rock music as a genre is fairly new to him. What he does is not rock for rock's sake, but music for music's, and that might be the most rock and roll approach of all.
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    It’s neither bootstrapping origin stories nor rock’n’roll fantasies so much as the grim realities facing Moctar and millions of others around the world that give Ilana its considerable power.
  4. Mojo
    Apr 11, 2019
    80
    Believe it or not, there's room in the desert for yet another serious contender. [May 2019, p.91]
  5. Uncut
    Apr 11, 2019
    80
    Merciless perfection. [May 2019, p.30]