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Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen

Imidiwan: Companions

Fourth album from Mali based band who Coldplay's Chris Martin has said influenced their 2008 album Viva la Vida

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
Independiente
UK Release date
29/06/2009
  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Paints vivid pictures of the country and continent in which they live, and it doesn't take much imagination to picture the shimmering sand of the Sahara, whether in a song like Tenhert or in the vivid, unnamed track that closes the album. Taken on its own merits, this is life-enriching stuff
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  3. 8.2 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you haven’t come across Tinariwen before, this is a good a place to start as any. And you should start, really
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  4. 8.0 |   State

    Imidiwan is a pleasure, it’s full of honesty and purity, but most importantly superb music, and it will in no doubt increase Tinariwen’s following and our love affair with this unique band
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  5. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Another stellar album from the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band
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  6. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Subtly shifting layers of guitar and clapping creating a rhythmic base that sounds as though it emanates from the rock and sand of the Sahara itself
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  7. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Despite the fact that the band hasn't yet put a foot wrong, this – their fourth album – is still the group's most compelling since their debut
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  8. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    The snaky guitar interplay, the dubby desert rhythm, the unfathomable time signatures (I’d swear Enseqi Ehad Didagh has four and a quarter beats per bar), the unison singing that somehow makes you feel like an honoured guest in the song — all these are present, correct and as fiendishly addictive as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    This is a body of work that is rich in texture, intelligence and passion, layered with varying emotions and facets. On that basis, its one of the highlights of 2009 thus far
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bravely sticking to what they do best: bluesy vocals, powerful guitar work and laid-back rhythmic grooves have, after all, brought them mainstream popularity
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  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The fundamentals are unchanged - the rolling grooves, intricate guitar exchanges, call-and-response vocals - while there's a greater emphasis on the poetic, meditative qualities of desert life
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  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Oddly, the more raw and lo-fi you record Tinariwen, the more the cross-cultural connections start to jump out. “Tenhert (The Doe)” is based around a killer blues riff that recalls Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning”, all the time accompanied by half-spoken, arrhythmic rapping. “Kel Tamashek (The Tamashek People)”, based around a discordant acoustic guitar drone, starts off like an Incredible String Band miniature before a thumping bass drum figure recalls Animal Collective
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  14. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Tinariwen, regardless of their history, are simply a kick-ass band. To dwell on any other fact would be a disservice.
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  15. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    There is a unique magic to the sounds of the Sahara. Imidiwan captures that magic with skillful grace.
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  16. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The electric guitars flash like lightning, the looping melodies and Tamashek raps hypnotize
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Tinariwen: Imidiwan: Companions

  • Download full album for just £5.00
  • 1. Imidiwan Afrik Tendam £0.99
  • 2. Lulla £0.99
  • 3. Tenhert £0.99
  • 4. Enseqi Ehad Didagh £0.99
  • 5. Tahult In £0.99
  • 6. Tamudjeras Assis £0.99
  • 7. Intitlayaghen £0.99
  • 8. Imazeghen n Adagh £0.99
  • 9. Tenalle Chegret £0.99
  • 10. Kel Tamashek £0.99
  • 11. Assuf Ag Assuf £0.99
  • 12. Chabiba £0.99
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