The Guardian loves Rokia Traoré so much that the paper has not one but two different reviews of her new album Né So on its website — and in each review, it gets four out of five stars!
Reviewer Neil Spencer writes that “the Malian singer continues to cut a singular trajectory through modern music” with Né So. He notes the LP’s reflective lyrical qualities, while complementing Traoré’s “smooth, agile, and sometimes challenging” singing. Read his review here. Robin Denselow’s review says the album is “less commercial than her last album, maybe, but it’s a finely sung, pained and intimate set.” He continues, “the mood is darker and more personal, with quietly urgent, thoughtful songs of advice to Mali’s politicians and a rejection of violence influenced by events in her homeland.” Read his review here.
Né So is on the CMJ Radio 200 and has been #2 at New World for two weeks. Help it continue its assent by giving it some quality spins!
Listen to Track #10 “Né So” below: