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Guitar Music From The Western Sahara - Group Doueh

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Group Doueh / Audio CD released 2008-04-28 at Sublime Frequencies

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      07.02.2012 00:33
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      Saharan madness

      A couple of years ago, I ended up with basically every Sublime Frequencies album that had been made by then and suggested this before I even got round to listening it, I sniggered at the Dooyoo categorisation of "psychedelic rock", a gross exaggeration I thought. As I listened to the album more, it's not that far off the mark.

      The fuzz fest that is "Eid for Dakhla" might sound like it's been produced during a sandstorm but has some really funky electric guitar riffs, manic vocals and general chaos, it's a hell of a starter song. "Eid El Arsh" seems to have the same kind of heavily distorted chanting that's present on the first track, it's clearly something religious but at the same time the guitar playing is doing a more local version of Jimi Hendrix's star spangled banner.

      Group Doueh are a band of musicians from Western Sahara, various singers and backing singers are present throughout the album, there's a whole range of singing from chanting through to an almost soul like female singer, the focus of the band is definitely the guitarist called Doueh, who is relentless in his intricate guitar work.

      The album begins to chill out a lot more, to the point where it's really melodical by the time we get the wonderful female vocals, tambourine playing and steel guitar of Cheyla Ya Haiiune, Wazan Samat makes use of hypnotic male vocals and a sort of spacey whirring sound created by one of the many odd Saharan instruments. it might appeal to the most extreme world music fans but I find it a bit monotonous after a certain point and find the song a little long.

      Despite enjoying the guitar playing and often the singing too, I find that the odd track can be extremely enjoyable but listening to the album in full might leave you feeling as if a camel has trodden on you, it's just a bit too manic in places.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Eid for Dakhla
    2 Eid el Arsh
    3 Tirara
    4 Fagu
    5 Dun Dan
    6 Wazan Samat
    7 Sabah Lala
    8 Cheyla Ya Haiuune