A review I wrote for the "Hidden Track" music blog:
Live music is the greatest thing in the world. (Except for maybe a nice MLT: a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that!) When the recipe is just right, live music makes your body move in strange ways, it sends your thoughts reeling, and causes your face to contort in weird expressions of joy. The music of Tinariwen accomplishes all of this simply and effortlessly with the most basic of ingredients- melody, harmony, and a heavy dose of rhythm.