Bombino - Azel
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #215 / 959
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
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Partisan / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
It is a remarkable example of 21st century popular music. It embraces and intertwines the history of various traditions, from West African folk to blues and rock to reggae -- and expands the reach of them all.
80
Spin
The blues are universal; the blues are also incredibly specific. As the Western pendulum of intolerance swings back toward the undifferentiated immigrant and the unnamed refugee, it’s to Bombino’s great credit as an artist, human being, and former asylum seeker that his acts of remembering a carry such a beautiful sense of plugged-in joy.
80
Uncut
The end result is an approach to the guitar that lets the instrument breathe, even as it’s being wound around itself with rare physicality.
78
Pitchfork

For all the guitar pyrotechnics, Western production, and reggae infusions, Azel never sounds like anything other than a sublime iteration of desert blues. Bombino has not pivoted towards Western music, as he still sings about the issues of his homeland in his native tongue.

65
The 405
Three albums in, and several world tours under his belt, Bombino's music remains as powerful and vital as the day he first picked up a guitar.
60
The Guardian
He’s an efficient musician who can mix echoes of Tinariwen and Farka Touré with a dash of reggae, and switch between romping electric blues and reggae to acoustic styles. But for much of this set he sounds as if he’s on autopilot.
GG
99

Did Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix have a secret lovechild?

DiegoPaim01
80

Daquelas pérolas que a gente encontra na internet de vez em quando. Esse som é tão diferente para meus ouvidos ocidentais que é até difícil avaliar, mas de uma coisa eu sei, é muito bom. Blue-Rock com percussão afegã, esse artista realmente consegue se comunicar através de sua guitarra. Não entendo uma palavra do que ele está falando, mas seus acordes e harmonia são tão belos, intricados e ... read more

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Track List

  1. Akhar Zaman
  2. Iwaranagh
  3. Inar
  4. Tamiditine Tarhanam
  5. Timtar
  6. Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar
  7. Igmayagh Dum
  8. Ashuhada
  9. Timidiwa
  10. Naqqim Dagh Timshar

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Added on: February 20, 2016