Monday, November 08, 2010

Souad Massi: O Houria (Liberty)

Robin Denselow reviews Souad Massi's Ô Houria (Liberty)
When Souad Massi released Raoui, nine years ago, she sounded like a north African answer to Françoise Hardy, with her exquisite songs of lost love and longing for home. Now she seems to be treading water. The new album is varied but lightweight; her voice is as cool and breathy as ever, but not all the songs do her justice. She returns to her early style with the charming Samira Meskina and Nacera, but is hampered by predictable musical settings, while on Everything I Love it sounds as if she is aiming for the easy-listening market.
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