Tinariwen is a Tuareg group that performs a guitar-centric branch of Malian music that, to the untrained ear, is reminiscent of Ali Farka Touré's, but is far more rock-oriented and percussive. All of the band's musicians originate from the southern Sahara; the group's name, meaning "empty places," is a reflection of their land of origin. Despite ongoing political upheaval, the band reconvened in 2016 after touring behind Emmaar, to record their sixth studio album, Elwan.  

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Critic Reviews (12)

7.4
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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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Dusted Magazine

28 Feb 2017
8.0
"Higher-end production values and a handful of famous rock guests have little impact upon their fundamental sound, which is a swirl of unfurling guitar lines, massed voices, and clip-clopping percussion. Elwan is not a soundtrack for defeat, but pers ...
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musicOMH

22 Feb 2017
6.0
"Their last studio record saw them in upbeat, energetic form, and whilst that playfulness is still present at times on Elwan, there is a conscious grounding too this time around." ...
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Exclaim

08 Feb 2017
8.0
"By making the geographically distant feel welcomingly familiar, Tinariwen have made Elwan a can't-miss release for curious audiences from all corners of the globe." ...
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Record Collector

03 Feb 2017
"If ever a record sounded like a herd of elephants, this is it." ...
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The Line of Best Fit 28 Feb 2017

9.0
"Even though the overall demeanor of the album is one of calm, trance-like unhurried introspection, Elwan is pure rock n’ roll. There is an undeniable swagger and an unfettered attitude of resistance here; no pretension or theater." ...
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AllMusic

10 Feb 2017
8.0
"Tinariwen once again deliver a vital and engaging album." ...

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Play Length:

45:07

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Format:

Digital Download, Standard CD

Tracklist:

1. Tiwàyyen
2. Sastanàqqàm
3. Nizzagh Ijbal
4. Hayati
5. Ittus
6. Ténéré Tàqqàl
7. Imidiwàn N-Àkall-In
8. Talyat
9. Assàwt
10. Arhegh Ad Annàgh
11. Nànnuflày
12. Intro Flute Fog Edaghan
13. Fog Edaghàn

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