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2014 release from the Saharan Blues band. For Tinariwen, the desert is home; their hypnotic and electrifying guitar Rock reflects the melding of their Tuareg musical heritage with modern urban Blues. Their 2011 album Tassili, recorded in the Algerian desert, won a Grammy Award for Best World Music album. Now, Emmaar returns to their roots, delivering stripped-down dirges and effervescent electric anthems.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B00HEM1K60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's not as great as the Tinariwen album that made me a fan in the first place (Tassili, the acoustics get me every time), but it brings out the Tinariwen that made them who they are; the north African rock rifts that hearken back to the origins of blues, listening to the rhythms of the dessert while strumming the chords of their hearts. The melodies will stick with you for days, and I've found it's necessary to put a song on repeat for a while just to ensure the lull you're sent into lasts with you as your mind whisks you away to a far away place, all while sitting on your couch or office chair.

Even without understanding a word that they say, the true heart and soul that comes out with each vocal is enough to give you goosebumps and understand that their love and respect for their homes, people and world is truth.
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Tinariwen's sixth album Emmaar is a logical progression from their previous album, Tassili. This album however strikes a more somber tone than previous releases. It feels like the whole album was recorded in the middle of the night with a hushed tone, almost as if the band were afraid to wake sleeping neighbors. The acoustic guitars of Tassili are replaced with electric guitars and the muted sound is still clean and clear, with the same intimate feel that made Tassili a gem. On Emmaar, the whole work has the feeling of sitting around the campfire with the band at night.
The highlights of the album come near the end. The ninth track, Koud Edhaz Emin, has the some beautiful call and response vocals and is the most melodic track on the album. Track 10 features some nice percussion and rolls along at a quicker pace than the others, while Track 11, Aghregh Medin (Hassan's Song), also stands out with its solo acoustic guitar and percussion. There are three addition songs available on the special editions: either the CD version, Emmaar, or the MP3 version, Emmaar [Deluxe Edition]
Tinariwen deserve credit for continually revising their sound and producing new and worthwhile material. To be honest, I still prefer Tassilli but this album is certainly a worthy successor. Tinariwen and Bombino still stand as the standard bearers for the whole "desert blues" movement.
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I have to say that this is an extremely strong effort from Tinariwen. I have always liked the band but this release has catapultued them in to a favorite band of mind. The music is mesmerizing and the melodies are fantastic. The melodies put them above many of the other Touareg bands. The first track alone is worth the price and the music video for it is great. The tunes are very hypnotic. Don't listen to the critics who are not fond of this record. This is a great album and is different from their other stuff.
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6th release from Taureg group out of the North African Sahara region—Tinariwen play stunning
desert ethnic blues with a ghostly, haunted revolutionary spirit and a natural psychedelic world
music drone. The guitar work is flawless & fluid, delicate & subtle, mesmerizingly hypnotic. You
can taste the desert atmosphere, feel the resilience of the nomadic soul as the songs glide by
with their determined native rhythm carrying the lazily concise blues riffs. As someone who does
not listen to a lot of “world music”, these songs remind me of artists like Goat, Dire Straits,
Calexico, Darkside, Santana. Unique, eerie & uplifting music.
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The group, made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali, has been making music together since 1979. Known for long, trance-inducing concert performances, the band has become increasingly revered in the West. Tinariwen's 2012 album Tassili even won a Grammy.

The group's new album, Emmaar, was recorded in the desert the way its predecessors were. But this time, though, due to political strife at home, the desert was one in the Western U.S. Here, we'll hear performances from the stage of World Cafe Live. (From NPR.ORG.)
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I'm only a casual fan, and also not very analytical about my music in general, but I bought the MP3 album this morning and am listening to it right now - I'm on my second listenthrough and enjoying it a lot. I tend to categorize music into "found it immediately appealing" (keepers) and "didn't find it immediately appealing" (discards); many artists have at least a couple songs that fit into the first category for me, but it's rare for most or even all of the songs on a single album to do so. Tinariwen, though, seems to be an exception to that rule, and this album has been just as easy and pleasant a listen as their others for me.

For whatever it's worth coming from someone as musically simplistic as I am: two thumbs up.
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Im a big Tinariwen fan. I've loved every album they have released, including this one. I had pretty much stopped listening to Rock music from Western bands, but Tinariwen snuck into my playlist and my heart. Haunting melodies, grooving rhythms, meaningful music.
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Tinariwen is new to me. Their story is amazing, up to and including their recent exile in the Mojave Desert, fleeing their Saharan home because of another episode of political violence.

This is a Tuareg band, with members originally from northern Mali. Their music sounds to me like "John Lee Hooker in the desert," and a great, mesmerizing sound it is, with a strong rhythmic drive.

The electric guitars produce a drone that evokes the sweep of the desert and constant motion across the vast landscape. The chanted vocals remind me of Native American music -- I can easily imagine Tinariwen joining in the A.I.M. song (American Indian Movement) with drum, and A.I.M. members learning their songs in turn.

With the ravages of climate change increasing by the hour, by the day, by the year, the conditions of turmoil now affecting the Sahara region are likely to be more common in more and more regions.

This is serious music, inspiring music, for our times. Music to motive action to prevent ecocide, to save the Earth, to liberate all sentient beings!

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