Rachid Taha's Made in Medina (Mondo Melodia) arrives
simultaneously with Cheb Mami's Dellali, but don't let that
bias you. Even if
Mami's 1999 duet with Sting, Desert Rose, spurred the rai
minirevival that got Taha his U.S. deal, Taha commands a tough
intensity the lover boys never approach. Long a star on the
European dance circuit, the Algerian exile rocks here, raging
against the machine with a conviction that demolishes the language
barrier. Staind should only be so righteous.
Best new '60s revival: the Pernice Brothers' The World Won't End (Ashmont). Remember the Zombies--Time of the Season, She's Not There? Like that, only cutting Colin Blunstone's soft-burred yearning with something like despair over her failure to be there.
Playboy, Aug. 2001