Tinariwen / Emmaar
Album: Emmaar   Collection:World
Artist:Tinariwen   Added:Mar 2014
Label:Anti- / Epitaph  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-04-11 Pull Date: 2014-06-13 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 15 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 25 May 18 May 11 May 4 Apr 27
Airplays: 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 08, 2015: The Sunset Life
4. Jun 07, 2014: BravoMarco Variety Show
Sendad Eghlalan
2. Jun 12, 2014: Global Warming
Arhegh Danagh
5. Jun 05, 2014: Aporeia with Whiteowl
Toumast Tincha
3. Jun 07, 2014: Music Casserole
Arhegh Danagh
6. May 31, 2014: BravoMarco Variety Show
Toumast Tincha

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2014-03-30
One of the biggest names in Malian desert blues, this Tuareg group decamped to Joshua Tree to record their sixth LP. Like many other musicians who’ve fled Mali in its current unstable political state, the political side of Tinariwen’s music comes to the forefront here, though as is apparent to someone who doesn’t know Tamashek (like me), politics is just one piece of the much broader emotional geography the band is mapping.

The general sound here is rhythmically sharp and taut, and at the same time it’s extremely psychedelic without ever seeming to think about resorting to tropes like wah-wah pedals. There’s a constant sense of restraint—never cathartic, and yet always alert. This album has a pretty uniform style, so the track-by-track focuses more on tempo and general vibe. All tracks are great; play anything. No FCCs.

1. (4:20)—“The People Have Been Sold Out.” Mid-tempo, chill, driving. Saul Williams provides a spoken intro.
2. (4:54)—Medium-fast, more intense, searing.
3. (4:03)—“I Want To Tell.” Slow, funky but tight.
4. (3:52)—“Youth Of The Sahara.” Medium-slow, tense. “We’ve learned how to use other weapons than those our ancestors have bequeathed to us.”
5. (4:52)—“Friends, Hear Me!” Slow, patient.
6. (5:04)—Slow, loping.
7. (4:55)—“This Constant Lethargy.” Very slow, funereal.
8. (4:37)—“Friends, Understand Me!” Fast, lively. Features fiddle.
9. (4:34)—“Even If I Seem To Smile.” Mid-tempo, funkier again. Approaches a hip-hop rhythm.
10. (3:37)—Medium-fast, bright, major key. Features Matt Sweeney (formerly of Chavez).
11. (4:16)—“I Call On Man.” Medium-fast, brighter like the previous track, but more melancholy.

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