No Transglobal Underground fan will be disappointed with this album. It might not be the best introduction to their classic sound for a newcomer, but it's a wonderful departure from the previous Arabic bias and it works perfectly. It even includes a PROPER SONG in 'Step Across The Edge', with Tim Wheelan singing in a slightly Sting/Steve Winwood style.
TGU seem to have cleared the decks with the fabulous 1999 compilation 'Backpacking On The Graves Of Our Ancestors', and have effectively replaced the irreplacable Natasha Atlas with marvellous sitar player Sheema Mukherjee.
Totally classic tracks are 'Woodward Avenue', 'Step Across The Edge', 'London Zulu'... in fact, the whole second half of the album - especially 'Woodward Avenue' and 'One Of Our Dholaks Is Missing' which are perfect TGU.
'One Of Our Dholaks...' seems to be a live recording but I can't find any reference to it on the sleevenotes. Might be with the Dhal Foundation on the Page and Plant tour as there's big drums and a big crowd.
'Woodward Avenue' is a surreal, and very funny, story, told by the mighty Coleridge. It's (apparently) about emerging from the Tube into a London street full of wild characters, including the lady who knocks on the door and says... something completely unintelligible in a mysterious African language!
Typically zany, varied and musically entrancing. Long live the Transglobal Underground.