Emmaar

Tinariwen - Emmaar
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #153 / 845
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2014 Ratings: #192
February 10, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It’s a truly absorbing listen, almost effortless. For a band that have been through so much turmoil, they convey so much beauty.

85
The Line of Best Fit

There are no obvious crowd-pleasers ... but the faultless quality control and – it seems – generally enhanced intensity levels more than compensate, making Emmaar possibly the band’s most consistently satisfying album yet. 

81
Pitchfork

The group trades off lead vocals and sings in unison, and the four guitarists seem more capable and versatile than ever. There are phrases and rhythms here that wouldn’t have been heard in their music previously.

80
Exclaim!

For all of the bells and whistles put into their latest, this 11-track collection is at times a sombre and reflective affair.

80
AllMusic

The different textures and timbres at work on Emmaar reveal Tinariwen's evolution; one derived from the need to grow musically, as well as respond to adversity with creativity.

80
PopMatters

Longtime fans can feel relief that this album maintains the band’s high standards, or even surpasses them. For newcomers, this release marks an excellent starting point to jump in and see what all the fuss is about.

58
Consequence of Sound

Ostensibly political without sounding like it needs Constance Garnett-levels of translation, it’s wash-over music, almost background music, partly but not all because it sounds every bit as distant as it is.

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Track List

  1. Toumast Tincha
  2. Chaghaybou 
  3. Arhegh Danagh
  4. Timadrit In Sahara 
  5. Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim 
  6. Tahalamot 
  7. Sendad Eghlalan
  8. Imdiwanin ahi Tifhamam
  9. Koud Edhaz Emin
  10. Emajer
  11. Aghregh Medin (Hassan's Song)
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