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Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré was produced with Eric Herman.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 7, 2022
    Les Racines is a personal project that reinstates Vieux’s own identity and unique skill, while thanking the roots that he grew from.
  2. Jun 7, 2022
    Les Racines is ultimately a full and fierce showcase for Vieux’s own prowess, and his restatement of desert blues. [Jul 2022, p.27]
  3. Jun 7, 2022
    There will be parts of this album’s roots that those outside Mali can never fully comprehend, but regardless of your entry level, you’ll be certain that those roots are still strong and bearing exquisite fruit.
  4. Mojo
    Jun 7, 2022
    This is pure, unpolished ur-boogie, a foundation course in rock'n'roll. [Jul 2022, p.95]
  5. The Wire
    Jun 14, 2022
    The songs are politically sharp and socially conscious, and Vieux sends out darkly nutating tendrils of blue over rolling, ravelling backing. [Jun 2022, p.61]
  6. Jun 10, 2022
    The son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka is continuing the tradition of those artists who came before him, while forging his own path. Les Racines is an ode to the past, yet Touré’s is constantly working towards a better future.
  7. Aug 11, 2022
    This is beautiful music, as obvious an instant classic as you can get in the so-called “desert blues” category.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 12, 2022
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this album is more than good, it is looking back about their past 9 yrs as a group. hope you listen to it :) I can't believe there are people who will make effort just for the sake of hating lol Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2022
    Great surprise! I couldn't find the lyrics on Genius so I had to check darker sides of the internet to realize (as I could have expected) thatGreat surprise! I couldn't find the lyrics on Genius so I had to check darker sides of the internet to realize (as I could have expected) that they are all about peace and respect. The production is incredible, the instruments are great, the rhythms are wonderful, both smooth and frenetic. Vieux Farka Touré's voice sounds terrific and especially with some choir in addition. Variations in melodies taste like heaven. He made a precious decision by choosing a short album (a bit less than 50 minutes) because more would have been kind of boring, surely due to tha fact that I am not able to understand his language. Anyway you turn this on and let the magic be. Simply captivating. I want to listen more of Vieux Farka Touré! Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2022
    Excelente y muy versátil álbum, excelentes canciones y muy buen significado del mensaje que quieren dar