Michael Endelman
February 28, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Egypt

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Youssou N'Dour
Producers
Nonesuch

We gave it an A-

The Senegalese star forgoes his bubbly Afro-pop for this set of sacred songs, recorded with the keening strings of an orchestra. But even the polyrhythmic flair of the Arabian arrangements doesn’t outshine the main attraction. N’Dour’s melismatic meditation on his Muslim faith.

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