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Amadou & Mariam


Sixth studio release from the much-feted Malian couple, their West African blues sound augmented by a wide array of guest collaborators

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  1. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Each song finds its way into a supple groove and just bounces around there as though Amadou’s guitar strings and Mariam’s vocal chords were made of musical elastic
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The results demonstrate how adeptly Amadou & Mariam straddle both local and global, with a truly "world" music that deserves mainstream chart success
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  3. 8.0 |   State

    Despite some curious partnerships the end result is not as scattered as you might think. This is an Afro-blues record and the contributors merely add a sheen of their own sound to the recordings, which works wonders
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Mostly filled with moments when listening to Madonna still feels like the most thrilling thing any pop fan could possibly hope to experience
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  5. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Amadou & Mariam’s music is strong enough to stand on its own, and it’s a fair bet that people who start with Folila won’t stop listening until they’ve heard all of their albums
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  6. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    A highly successful merger of the Malian duo's vision with the input of collaborators
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  7. 7.0 |   DIY

    In comparison to the cuts where Amadou & Mariam are left to their devices, the other collaborations either sound limp or they just grate
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    There is far more that is excellent than ordinary on Folila, and nothing at all that is less than interesting
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The result is cultural exchange with ears pricked high
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  10. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    At times, Folila feels like Paul Simon's Graceland in reverse, a global gathering around a singular pair of voices, a project that speaks both to the increasing currency of African pop and the shrinking size of the world.
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  11. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If you are willing to be patient it offers more surprises than you’d expect, flourishing on repeated plays
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  12. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    With their eclectic cocktail of rock, pop, blues, jazz, soul, funk and traditional African music, these grandparents can still knock out an irresistible groove to match the best
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  13. 7.0 |   AU Review

    A soundtrack to a Malian odyssey; a sensuous, dusty road trip that weaves and wends its way around your soul
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  14. 7.0 |   NME

    It's their songwriting that brought Amadou and Mariam this far
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  15. 6.5 |   BBC

    A curious beast, a three-in-one project whose peculiar history has almost left it overburdened by a diverse array of guest collaborators
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  16. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The thick arrangements often suffocate Mariam's more delicate vocal contributions. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Wooing a new audience comes at the price of the duo's lyrical charm. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Mixes the inspired and mundane
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  19. 4.0 |   Q

    In accommodating all those guests Mariam too often has to take a back seat. Print edition only

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