Nomad [+digital booklet]

April 2, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: Nomad
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  • Original Release Date: January 28, 2013
  • Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2013 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 40:17
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,439 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tinomuvonga Musingarimi on April 2, 2013
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I am really enjoying Bombino's follow-up to his previous album Agadez. You'll read reviews claiming that Nomad is his second album, but he's got at least a couple more, Agamgam 2004 and the poorly recorded Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 2. Agamgam 2004 can be found on Amazon but Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 2 will be a challenge to source.

Bombino is back and his virtuouso guitar playing continues to amaze, although in much shorter spells. I think most will be pleased to know that a change of record labels doesn't significantly hinder Bombino's latest release. There isn't a single track that disappoints. The first part of the LP in particular will have you off your seat with the electric pace of the guitar. The last couple of tracks slow down the pace but are still very enjoyable.

Let me share my major quibble with this album. Agadaz released on the Cumbancha label was 80min long including three bonus tracks that were recorded live. That's an average of 6min a track of pure guitar playing. That album doesn't let Bombino's guitar share the spotlight with anyone else as well. His band mates don't even get a chance to solo. Nomad has a run time of 40min. What the hell? It's got more musicians than Agadez but 'less' to show for it. As soon Bombino got into his groove it was time to move on.

Half of the album feels like 'Agadaz II The Remix,' which is kind of good and kind of annoying. Four of the songs (Amidinine, Azamane Tilade, Adinat, Her Tenere)on the LP can be found on his other albums. Another two (Imuhar, Imidiwan) tracks have the 'same' guitar but different lyrics. The songs aren't exactly the same so I don't feel ripped off but I am not sure that they are any better than the previous versions. I can say they are probably shorter in length.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2013
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"Nomad," 40 minutes of music by an African guitarist who's called Bombino, is protein-rich: great for parties (you will come to be bored by friends asking "What is that?"), a lifesaver on rainy mornings when you don't want to get out of bed, a good candidate for serious listening, a caffeine hit for long sessions of work when your friends are getting buzzed on Adderall, and, so far from least, an essential ingredient for ecstatic couplings at midnight.

That's a lot of goodness: cheaper than Starbucks, not addictive like Adderall, and more useful for a marriage than counseling with Esther Perel.

What's so great? First the writing: it's all hooks. Hooks upon hooks until you are locked in a groove. Then it's Omara "Bombino" Moctar's guitar. It slithers. It buzzes. It's round like Knopfler, spacy like Hendrix, concise like Ali Farka Toure. And then the drums. There are a lot of them, and they range from handclaps to crisp little circles. And, finally, great sound. "Nomad" was produced by Dan Auerbach, who is half of The Black Keys, a band that proves again and again that when you're mega-talented, a guitarist and a drummer are all you need.

The back story: Omara Moctar was born in 1980. He's a Tuareg. (Volkswagen named its off-road SUV after this tribe of desert nomads in Niger.) The Tuareg, who are descended from the Berbers of North Africa, are fiercely independent. Once they fought against colonialism. Now, although they're Muslims, they resist Islamic fundamentalism. ("These invaders from Mali are not welcome in any of our lands," Moctar says. "We reject their philosophies and their idea of Islam.")

In the 1990s, civil war wracked Niger. The Tuaregs were declared enemies of the state. Moctar and his family fled to Algeria.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on September 15, 2013
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Omara Moctar is a nomad, and not in the cool, sleazy, rock-n-roll way either. Moctar, better known by his stage name "Bombino", is an African Tuareg guitarist. Just a little background about the Tuareg here: they're a group of wanderers, living a nomadic life in African. Their story is one of unrest and inequality - their fate in Niger has mirrored the Kurds' in Iraq - as their civilization never stays in one place for a definite amount of time. As a child in this culture, Bombino learned to play guitar (he found it left behind by family relatives). Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, he gained prominence and attention with the Tuareg as a kind of folk hero. During the Second Tuareg rebellion in 2007, Moctar fled the region after two of his bandmates were executed at the hands of the Niger government. His reputation grew to such a level that Western musicians and artists sought him out for his unique sound. In 2013, Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) convinced Moctar to travel to Nashville to record his second solo album, Nomad.

While Nomad features more instruments than we've come to expect given Bombino's normal sound, it never distracts from the Tuareg's guitar. Even when Moctar sings, it comes secondary to the sound of his dry, crisp guitar. The Knopfler influence is felt with every note, and his guitar work is impeccable on Nomad. Moctar doesn't shred or give much here that's jawdropping in terms of skill, but he more than makes up for it with the tone and timbre of his compositions. It's distinct, to be sure, though sometimes a bit repetitive. While his jittery fretwork never stops to catch a breath, he generally hangs around the same midtempo jive and sound. The additional instruments flesh out Nomad, so this desert music never sound empty or vacuous.
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