2007 albums I delight in

2007 was an excellent year for music. I’ve already highlighted some 2007 songs I enjoy; these are albums that I like very much but can’t easily single out individual tracks from. Best to play the whole thing and wallow in it. There’s a baker’s dozen of great discs here.

Starting off with African music:

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Segu BlueTinariwen: Aman Iman

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Segu Blue

Kouyate is a virtuoso of the ngoni, a simple lute. He’s reputedly even better live, but this album is fine. The more I listen, the better it sounds.
This album at Sterns
This musician on YouTube

Tinariwen: Aman Iman – Water is Life

The Touareg rebels continue to mesmerize, updating traditional Saharan sounds with electric guitar.
This album at Amazon
These musicans on YouTube

Continuing with more excellent African music: