Ilana: The Creator

Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #130 / 757
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2019 Ratings: #365
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March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sahel Sounds / Label
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tha138
75
With his latest album, the lefthanded, Tuareg guitarist testifies that there's still life for rock music, even if we didn't believe it!
A fine example of celebratory, saharan rock that will take us directly to the heart of Africa.
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
MaceBlade42
59
Just kinda droned on for me. Nothing super special.
PitchforkClone
80
The Tuareg musician’s first full-band studio album is an incandescent set of guitar music with a spontaneous, celebratory air—and a latent urgency reflecting the region’s very real difficulties.

Whether it’s stories about African-American legends reared on plantations in rural Mississippi or the apocryphal tale of a young Jimi Hendrix carrying around a broom until his family could afford a real guitar, blues and rock aficionados love a hardscrabble creation story. So it ... read more
Awesomeagle23
83
I love the atmosphere of this album. This is a genre I know nothing about, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The guitar work sets the tone right away and it continues throughout the album. It's easily the best part and has a very memorable sound. The vocals were not as much of a standout but I wouldn't call them a weak point either. Them being in a different language didn't bother me, and in fact probably added to the atmosphere. Overall this album was a great introduction to the genre and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Kamane Tarhanin
  2. Asshet Akal
  3. Inizgam
  4. Anna
  5. Takamba
  6. Tarhatazed
  7. Wiwasharnine
  8. Ilana
  9. Tumastin
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Added on: March 28, 2019