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Elwan

Tinariwen

Elwan

Seventh album of Northern Africa inspired folk rock from the Grammy award winning group from Mali, with guest spots from Mark Lanegan and Kurt Vile

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Wedge
UK Release date
10/02/2017
US Release date
10/02/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Their most powerful album since Amassakoul
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Elwan shares this commonality with the six other previous releases from the band. But heading in a new direction is not the point at all. We need their voices, collectively, now more than ever
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  3. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    Mali’s Tinariwen ensemble mix Western African styles, feverish group workouts, and world-weary lyrics, collaborating with Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan in the process
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  4. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Whatever the elusive 'it' is, Tinariwen are a group of musicians who both have it and, more importantly, get it in spades
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  5. 8.0 |   State

    A great sounding record; dry, rich yet spacious – a velvet cocoon for the ears
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    A vital and engaging album
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    They are still the champions of the genre they created
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  8. 8.0 |   The Music

    Their most vital album in years
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If nothing else, this yearning, realpolitik-infused road movie of an album is one to point to the next time somebody pronounces there are no decent protest songs any more. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's the haunted croak of the band's main singers, Ibrahim and Abdallah, that are the main draw: the sound of heartbroken gangleader, the world-weary soldier, bravado replaced by tenderness
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    You're rarely more than a few minutes from kick-ass riffs and percussive abandon. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    By making the geographically distant feel welcomingly familiar, Tinariwen have made Elwan a can't-miss release for curious audiences from all corners of the globe
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  13. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    You don’t have to know a lick of the language to understand the sadness cocooning the sound
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  14. 6.0 |   The FT

    A lot of Elwan feels like a missed opportunity
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album which turns the band’s familiar skies and sands into a melancholic and sad-hearted landscape
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The music makes only minor changes to the Desert Blues of previous albums
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  17. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Their last studio record saw them in upbeat, energetic form, and whilst that playfulness is still present at times on Elwan, there is a conscious grounding too this time around
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