Aman Iman: Water Is Life

Aman Iman: Water Is Life

by Tinariwen
     
 

Hand it to Tinariwen. Like the nomads they are, they don't stand still musically. On their third album (the title translates as Water Is Life), they keep the root intact, the desert blues still at the heart of all they do, but this builds upon what they achieved on their superb sophomore disc, happily restless and unafraid of walking…  See more details below

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Hand it to Tinariwen. Like the nomads they are, they don't stand still musically. On their third album (the title translates as Water Is Life), they keep the root intact, the desert blues still at the heart of all they do, but this builds upon what they achieved on their superb sophomore disc, happily restless and unafraid of walking down new paths. However, although they're rightly lauded for their widescreen blues sound, what emerges most here is something they hinted at on the last record -- they're a remarkable rock & roll band, too. The guitars, locked together in rhythm and lead, create a glorious syncopated noise that puts most rockers to shame. But there's a wonderful looseness to the sound (kudos to producer Justin Adams), in part due to the fact that these tracks were all recorded over just two weeks, a tiny time frame by today's standards. Recorded in the Malian capital of Bamako, these songs arrive with dust on their boots and a little thirsty. The studio touches are subtle, a little on the effects here and there, but never detract from the music -- which even features old member Mohammed Ag Itlale, whose voice and guitar can be heard on several tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746806729
catalogNumber:
468067

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinariwen   Primary Artist
Justin Adams   Acoustic Guitar
Salah Dawson Miller   Conga,Darbouka,Shekere,Guellal
Saïd Ag Ayad   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Djembe,Calabash,Hi Hat
Mohammed Ag Itlale   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib   Guitar,Vocals
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Hamid Ekawel   Background Vocals
Elaga Ag Hamid   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kesa Walet Hamid   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Abdallah Ag Lamida "Intidao"   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Wonou Walet Sidati   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Alhassane Ag Touhami   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Eyadou Ag Leche   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Ben Findlay   Engineer
Andy Morgan   Executive Producer,translation
Justin Adams   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Denis Péan   Translation Assistant
Sebastien Merlet   Graphic Design
Mohammed Ag Itlale   Composer
Ibrahim Coulibaly   Engineer
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib   Composer
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni   Composer
Ibrahim Ag Assarid   translation
Nadia Belalimat   Translation Assistant
Manaki Diallo   Contributor
Issa Dicko   Translation Assistant
Mama Livio   Contributor
Alhassane Ag Touhami   Composer

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