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Souad Massi

  • Deb (Heart Broken) [GRC, 2003] **
  • Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) [Wrasse, 2005] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Deb (Heart Broken) [GRC, 2003]
Sounds like a nice chick, but her Arabic leaves too much to the imagination ("Yemma [Mummy, I Lie to You]," "Ya Kelbi [Oh! My Heart]"). **

Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) [Wrasse, 2005]
Saudade Algerian-exile style--and yes, the translations help ("Inspiration [Ilham]," "Tell Me Why"). **