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Breathing Under Water [CD]

Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000VKFLM6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. BurnAnoushka Shankar 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. SlitherAnoushka Shankar 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Breathing Under WaterAnoushka Shankar 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sea DreamerAnoushka Shankar 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ghost StoryAnoushka Shankar 5:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. PD7Anoushka Shankar 7:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. EasyAnoushka Shankar 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Little Glass FolkAnoushka Shankar 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Perfect RainAnoushka Shankar 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. AbyssKarsh Kale 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oceanic Part 1Anoushka Shankar 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oceanic Part 2Anoushka Shankar 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. RepriseAnoushka Shankar 1:230.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

This album is a featured release on BBC's Asian Network

Just in case you're wondering, yes, Anoushka Shankar is who you think she is: the twenty-six year old daughter of Ravi Shankar, probably the most famous sitar player of modern times, and through his collaborations with figures like The Beatles' George Harrison, the man largely responsible for introducing the sounds of traditional Indian music to the Western world.

Unlike her famous half-sister, Norah Jones, Anoushka has followed closely in her father's footsteps - she gave her first public performance on sitar at the age of 13, and has played often alongside her father. That's not to say, though, she is a strictly traditional practitioner of her chosen instrument. Take Breathing Under Water. A collaboration with Karsh Kale, best known as the producer of global techno outfit Tabla Beat Science, this is an album which blends Shankar's skilful, ornate sitar playing with many of the tools of modern electronica production. The pair are keen to point out they weren't playing fusion 'for the sake of playing fusion', flailing around in search of a sound that sticks. Rather, here, you can hear how each musician carefully tempers their musical contributions to forge strong stylistic links. First, on 'Burn', Shankar's peaceful melodies are bourn up on languid beats and bursts of splashes cymbal to create a serene, soothing downbeat. But next, on Slither, they flip the script, Kale taking a base track from Shankar's sitar and feeding into his microprocessor, turning back a strange signal of stutter-ridden, glitchy melodies. It's the sort of active give and take that allows a collaboration like this to really flower.

It's not just Shankar and Kale here, though: Breathing Under Water features numerous special guests, some of them actually rather famous. 'Sea Dreamer', featuring vocals and acoustic guitar from Sting, is one of the blander tracks here, rather plodding next to the record's more fiery, proficient moments. But 'Easy', featuring a vocal from Norah Jones, is surely the album's flat-out prettiest track, a delicate, restrained piece that sees the two sisters trying to out-do each other on the blissful melodies. Best we call it a draw. --Louis Pattison

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Indian-fusion with the sitar-goddess 14 Sep 2007
By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The sitargoddess Anoushka started her career with three brilliant classical albums, showing both ability, talent and spiritual depth. But it was first with her last album "Rise" she really took a giant leap forward and stepped out on her own.

On this beautiful album she has teamed up with percussionwizzard Karsh Kale, probably best known for his great drumming on inummerable Bill Laswell productions. On this album Karsh, who has co-written most tracks with Anoushka, mostly has the role of multiinstrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, keyboards, while his considerable rythmic talents are more downplayed.

The are some illustrious guests in the shape of Sting and Anoushka's (half)sister Norah Jones, and both provide stellar performances on what's clearly two of the best tracks. Elsewhere it's a host of classical trained Indian vocalists and musicians who sprinkle up things, like Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on slide guitar and Ajay Prassana on a very lyrical bansuri (bamboo flute). But the dominant factor apart from Anoushka and Kale is the strings arranged by Salim Merchant, a very tasteful Bollywood arranger. Reminding me of Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass' collaboration "Passages".

Most tracks are brilliant Indian electronica-fusion, in the style of Midival Punditz and Tabla Beat Science, but things rise to a transcendental high, when father Ravi joins the procedures on the beautiful "Oceanic", pt. 1 & 2, co-written with Anoushka. Amazing with what mastery he still plays the physical demanding sitar at the tender age of 86, and how Consciousness and Bliss seem to emanate from each note. And the album ends in similar meditative mood with the breathtakingly beautiful "Reprise".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing!!! 17 Oct 2007
By Jazz
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of all things asian, esspecially fusion and electronica, then this cd was made for you. Karsh Kale is a star and trancends the boundaries of style and aproach on this CD. Anoushka is a fabulous sitarist (learning from her famous father Mr. Ravi Shankar) and sows her skills throughout this album. The compositions are on another level as they flow seemlessly from Indian classical to rock and electronica. Sting is amazing as well. There are so man great guests on this album including Salim Merchant, the Midival Punditz and Anoushkas sister Norah Jones, even Ravi makes an appearancel. Both Shankar and Kale shine bright throughout this journey as they take us into the next paradigm of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars India and Spain in unique harmony. 2 Dec 2012
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Whilst the music on this CD has Indian overtones throughout, it is a wonderful mixture of evocative styles that work well together. The intermingling of flamenco guitar with the sitar of Anoushka is just sublime, and the vocals are also great - one track being notable for having Sting as the lead vocalist. Anoushka is an accomplished musician in her own right, but she has successfully brought together a number of different styles here, smoothing the edges of Indian music and making it more than acceptable to 'western' ears. In my view, if you like a little Indian flavour with your music, this is a CD for you; I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are connected with India in some way, perhaps through yoga.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 6 Jan 2009
By Kafez
Format:Audio CD
Having the previous individual works from these two artists which have been in some cases noteable, this album is at best mediocre, inspite of the virtuosity of the musicians involved in its production. I hope that this isn't a begining of a trend, although I think Karsh Kale hasn't achieved the levels of his earlier works for a while now. This album can in no way be likened to anything as brilliant, innovative and exciting of that of Midival Punditz/Midival Times, if anything Kale & Shankar should listen to the afore mentioned & take note.
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