9/10 Vern Customer review, 16th September 2013
I'd never heard of Sidi Toure before but with an album cover like that, you just have to have a listen and boy am I glad I did! An album of traditional African sounds, expect brilliant guitar playing, rattling percussion and Fela Kuti style vocals and chorus.
All of these aspects can be found from the first track 'My Dance', a track which grabs you immediately with its clacking rhythm and it's vocal style of sing and chorus echo, it's fun, energetic and enthralling. On 'The Water' the guitar seems to dance and shimmer just like water does itself and the singing 'Water is source of life' is indeed full of life and a youthful joy, it's exciting. The guitar work reminds me of Dino Valente's, where each string is plucked and sounds crystal clear. The weather may be turning for the worse here but this song is just ready for Spring time, conjuring wonderful images of frolicking lambs and bounding rabbits which don't seem cheesy nor contrived.
In fact each song creates its own imagery. 'The Butcher' is just that, a scary butcher with scratchy guitar lines that make you think of an approaching axe, but not being wielded by a Bill Bailey lookalike with a bloodied apron, but by a Disney Pixar caricature - scary but fun. The whole album has that childlike feel, something babies would listen too and gurgle at with glee. That's not to say that the adults cannot enjoy too of course, it is like Bruce Haack's Record for Children with all the fun for children and great music for everyone. The sense of story, imagery, fun and adventure throughout the album never seems repetitive nor forced even with only a few instruments. 'The Light of Sahel', the only song with some kind of story title type name, feels like a whole story in itself, beginning and ending with the song. The inclusion of a flute gives it a mystical, bedtime story type feel.
A man with such a kind face wouldn't disappoint and it is kindness and joy that flows throughout all of this beautiful album.
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