on February 7, 2005
What does it say of music when the most spellbinding artist in rock is a fire breathing Algerian based in France? And what does it say of the post 9/11 world when most of the world doesn't even know? Their loss, Tekitoi is the best album of 2005 (even though it came out in 2004). On his cover of The Clash's Rock the Casbah, the casbah rocks back-- harder that those limeys could have ever imagine, ditching the former's tentative funk for a devasting body quaking groove--and that's the worst song on the album! Of all the recent rai records this is the only one to come close to fulfilling the music's original rock and roll promise. And how. "Safi" pulls off the impossible: marrying Missy Elliot to Nirvana, then surpassing both. Indeed Tekitoi may be 2005's only true punk rock record. Furious with both Islamic fundamentalism and American paranoia he rages on like Primal Scream with a purpose. "Ask them Why," he yells to everybody and nobody in one song. "Who the @#$% are you!" he bellows in another (In Arabic and French, of course). Who said one has to mellow with age? And then there's the music. Taha had always flirted with punk, rai, funk, and techno but here he detonates with all at once. Angry and Proud, with music to burn, Tekitoi is most visceral music you will hear all year.
on November 24, 2004
rachid taha-eclectic, surprising, master of any genre he chooses-has produced a wonderful new album! I heard it in the stores in Montreal in October and did not have the time to stand in line and buy it and I regretted it every day since! Rock el Casbeh is brilliant, funny, funky, you will love it. I am glad to be the first one to review and if you see this, Rachid, great job, my friend.
on July 9, 2012
Taha is like a character that popped straight out of the Arabian Nights. Taha speaks of the street, yet with tunes from a royal strings, and with a voice that's rough.
It's very odd because usually from my personal experience of Arabian culture, it's usually the singer/musician with the softest, most silky voice that makes it big in Arabia, Taha has one of the roughest voices I've ever heard and he's become one of the most well-known in the West.
What I enjoyed most about this album was that it opened my eyes to the feelings of many of the peoples living under tyranny, dictatorship, and the lingering affects of colonialism. Looking back now, this album was like an utter foreshadowing of the Arab Spring. Can't go wrong with Tekitoi
on January 20, 2013
My favorite LP by Taha since Made In Magreb. Interesting polyrhythms, exotic instruments, aggressive beats, strong production and atmospherics. His more traditional LP, Diwean 2, is also highly recommended. You can almost imagine a world in which rock'n'roll had been invented in Algeria, and Taha would be that world's Jimmy Page.