Aman Iman: Water Is Life

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 3/20/2007
  • Label: World Village Usa
  • UPC: 713746806729
  • Catalog Number: 468067
  • Sales rank: 362,558

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cler Achel (4:27)
  2. 2 Mano Dayak (5:43)
  3. 3 Matadjem Yinmixan (5:45)
  4. 4 Ahimana (4:58)
  5. 5 Soixante Trois (4:13)
  6. 6 Toumast (4:26)
  7. 7 Imidiwan Winakalin (4:27)
  8. 8 Awa Didjen (4:14)
  9. 9 Ikyadarh Dim (3:37)
  10. 10 Tamatant Tilay (3:21)
  11. 11 Assouf (3:58)
  12. 12 Izarharh Tenere (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tinariwen Primary Artist
Justin Adams Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Salah Dawson Miller Conga, Darbouka, Shekere, Guellal
Saïd Ag Ayad Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Djembe, Calabash, Hi Hat
Mohammed Ag Itlale Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib Guitar, Vocals
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni Acoustic Guitar, 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
Tim Oliver Mastering
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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