With the grit of its Tuareg drone-blues and the insistence of his group's handclaps, ululations and choral responses offset by the mellow delivery of titular bandleader Omara "Bombino" Moctar, Nomad is evidence of Bombino's ability to court an even wider North American market already entranced by the likes of Tinariwen, as well as of another production coup for The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, as fitting and tasteful a pairing as his success behind the board last year with Dr. John's Locked Down.
"With its bright, saturated guitar sound, Nomad reproduces a little bit of the intensity of the Guitars From Agadez recordings...There are crowd or street sounds, and some songs stop in a collective slump, with the sound of clapping, as if this were a party or a casual outdoor jam rather than a heavily considered shot at a worldwide audience. But these songs sound less driving, more streamlined, structured and consolidated. [Auerbach] has helped Bombino make a spacious, centered record, one that stretches to appeal to Western listeners without strain, clutter or hipness overload." - The New York Times