Nothing's In Vain

May 26, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 21, 2002
  • Release Date: October 21, 2002
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2002 Nonesuch Records
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  • Total Length: 52:39
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  • ASIN: B002A7J6UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,315 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bruce murphy on December 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you read the reviews of this album on this website, you realize how, despite the cachet of "world music," nothing has really changed. Youssou is criticized for not being "African" enough. For using "cheesy" string arrangements (remember what people said about Parker with strings?) In fact, this is beautiful music. If you understand the lyrics (sorry, non-Francophone or non-Arabic white consumers), you realize that this is legitimate, heartfelt African music. No one says that in contrast with the romantic garbage puryveyed and hyped by American musicians, this is music that is both wonderful to hear and difficult to understand. Perhaps, in a hundred years, Western listeners will be able to appreciate what non-Westerners have to say, without labeling them as not non-Western enough for their "exotic" sensibilities, not anti-Romatic enough to satisfy their appetite for cynicsm. If Euro-American art has been absorbing African influences for a century or more, why shouldn't African artists absorb Western influences? Whites would shudder in horror if Youssou or some other African recorded happy Como Christmas songs. It would disturb their ideas of black suffering, of which they have become conoisseurs. Buy this album and enjoy it if you have a brain in your head. If you don't, I feel sorry for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NY Lou on January 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Generally I love Youssou N'Dour's music, and seeing him live is a magnificent experience. When I got this CD, I was really excited, as the acoustic production was truly brilliant. Gone are the cheesy keyboards and drum machines. The problem is that the infectious songs that you sing over and over in your head are also gone. There are no classics on this CD like "Birima" (originally on the Senagalese release LII!, then later on JOKO). Still, this isn't a 'bad' CD, it just isn't Youssou's best. If you don't own any Youssou N'Dour CDs, I'd buy IMMIGRES and JOKO first. If you are a true Youssou fan, then you'll still like this CD (but probably won't 'love' it).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on March 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yet another very solid release from Youssou, who's blessed with a kind-of-high-pitched voice, that still sounds very smooth. A very distinctive voice that's difficult to forget once you've heard him.
The album has a great adult contemporary pop songs. It definitely has the very Peter Gabriel-world feel meets modern France-production. It's difficult to describe his records because they combine a whole lot of genres together. Even though it's not in English, it's still very catchy and very accessible to the casual listener.
I love the atmosphere that this record creates; it feels very heartfelt. "Nothing's In Vain" is a good place to expand your musical horizons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Forelle on January 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
An amazing album. N'dours ability to craft wonderfully melodious and pulsatingly rythmic music transcends language. N'dour wrote songs on this album that are addictive, almost singable (despite being written in senegalese). In fact, this album makes you want to learn the dialect so you can sing along with Youssou. Until you do, you will annoy those around you by humming to the melody and making african sounding interjections to more familiar choruses.
Unlike most of N'dours other work, this album WILL NOT FRUSTRATE YOU WITH AN OVERPRODUCED POP SOUND. Gone is Peter Gabriel's authenticity-ruining touch. Thank god someone sat Youssou down and told him that he was ruining his beautiful music in the studio. Aside from two songs where Youssou succombs to the misguided advice of producers, he created a beautiful, exotic, but highly listenable album. My favorite album of the last few years and the one I have gotten most excited about in a long time. Buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A sugary-sweet album that wears the "world music" brand proudly. The lyrics may be challenging, but the music is not. English-language listeners will find this album pleasant and mellow, but any deeper message will probably go unnoticed amid the pretty, elfin musical arrangements. Didn't hit a resonant chord with me, but perhaps with repeated listens this disc might shed more emotional depth. I can also see how more casual listeners might enjoy this a lot more than I did -- it's certainly easy on the ears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR J TIMMERMAN on August 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Youssou N'Dour get in the queue for this one! This Senegalese singer from Dakar has consistently produced quality entertaining albums featuring the m'balax style, each one different, and each seeming better than the last - just how far can this man go? Recorded in Paris and New York with a fine set of musicians playing kora, xalam (lute), riti (fiddle), balafon, flute, guitars, keyboards and all manner of percussion, with a little programming thrown in, this is an album oozing with spirituality and humanity all at once. Consistent themes are hope, love and respect for fellow man, and the variety of uncluttered acoustic and electric arrangements are thoughtfully and masterfully refined to support the contemplative and emotional nature of the music. One of the highlights (if there are any, it's all so consistently absorbing) is "So Many Men", a more commercially-styled duet with Pascal Obispo, reminiscent of his "7 Seconds" of 1994. It is a poignant cry for freedom which will likely become another signature tune for him. Overall, not as rootsy as much of his previous material, but at face value this is a smooth and beautiful production to be appreciated with awe and wonder.
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