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Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile

  • Special Fin d'Année Plus [Jololi, 1999] **
  • Rewmi [Jololi, 2000] A-
  • Ba Tay [Jololi, 2000] ***
  • Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001 Vol. 2 [no label, 2004]

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Consumer Guide Reviews:

Special Fin d'Année Plus [Jololi, 1999]
Could use more guitar--and songs, though the CD-only add-ons help ("Birima," "No méle"). **

Rewmi [Jololi, 2000]
For the Senegalese market and what it is: six new songs straightfowardly presented, hyperactive tamas leading stripped band, with occasional keyb washes and a single femme chorus discernible. No cameos, concepts, or fancy solos. The songs dim as they go on--only the first two seem certain to surface in export versions. But every one has its own special shift or lift. And the finale swoops upward again. A-

Ba Tay [Jololi, 2000]
2000's not quite compelling Senegal-only, its lead cuts ready to be toned up for the nice people at Nonesuch ("Bird," "Ba Tay") ***

Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001 Vol. 2 [no label, 2004]
See: Recyclables.