Souad Massi - Ô Houria (Liberty) (4 stars)

Souad Massi - Ô Houria (Liberty)

(Wrasse Records)

If people were not so hung up on language Souad Massi, who sings in Arabic, French and English would be a superstar. From ‘Everything Remains To Be Done’, a stunning duo with Francis Cabrel with Speed Caravan’s Mehdi Habbad cracking out an oud solo guitar rock style, to the winsome Nacera with its lovely guitar touches, Massi moves agilely from rock to folk tinged love song with aplomb. While the feel is Algerian-French, Massi’s eclectic, always soulful taste and her appealing voice guarantees plenty of emotional variety for this simply beautiful album.

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