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Delicate Flame of Desire


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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Immrama
  • ASIN: B000083O1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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KARNATAKA Delicate Flame Of Desire CD

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Per Lönnbro on 5 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
Karnataka's new third album oozes self-confidence. Compared with their second album, the sparse and somewhat dry-sounding The Storm, the songs here are more varied and the production richer.
The lush overture, significantly titled 'Karnataka', certainly encapsulates the above remarks. It also hints at the main musical subject of the second part of the final song 'Heart of Stone', which is a nice touch.
Apart from this gorgeous instrumental (which also includes Sami-like vocalise by lead singer Rachel Jones), the one song that personally blew me away was 'Time Stands Still'. To me it was genuinely uplifting, and I don't mean that in any simple dance-floor kind of way. It is about returning to the place where you once experienced deep sorrows of the heart. As with just about all the other songs on this album Jonathan Edwards laces this one discreetly with felicitous keyboard phrases. It also features marvellous backing vocals by the new band member, flute-playing Anne-Marie Helder (--isn't it funny that so many prog rock bands feature a flautist?) and guest performer Heather Findlay of Mostly Autumn, both very talented women indeed. I only wish this song could have been longer, more expansive, for it almost makes me believe 'I'll love again' (to quote some of its lyrics)!
Generally, the gist of the album's lyrics (all written by Rachel) seems to be about the ambivalence towards success once you've attained it.
Whereas I think Karnataka's melodic lines are often refreshingly original, the band are naturally not without their influences. Sometimes I think they sound a bit like Enya meets Camel; the multi-layered vocals here and on the previous album are certainly Enya-esque in their close harmonies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Weaver on 31 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is a masterpiece. It's unusual for a series of songs to combine both immediate listenability with an enduring depth and substance. Karnataka achive that with 'Delicate Flame of Desire' and I can't recommend it too highly.
I'd become aware of the band through the Clssic Rock Society run by Martin Hudson and purchased their last album 'The Storm' about 18 months ago. This new offering takes the elements that made 'The Storm' interesting and enjoyable and develops them into a sumptuous experience which demands repeated listenings.
There isn't a bad track on this CD but songs such as 'Time Stands Still', 'The Right Time' and 'One Breath Away' are supreme.
The band hail from Wales and could be compared to Clannad in some respects as the lead singer Rachel Jones has the same skill at evoking images of windswept shores and rugged, celtic scenery. However, her crystal clear voice is complemented beautifully by some excellent bass playing and drums, piercing but melodic guitar solos and lush keyboard work. Karnataka are definitely a rock band with a solid, yet mellow sound. The icing on the cake is the production which is warm and full and as such the overall impression is of an album that cheers the soul on cold, wintry days.
Bob Harris has been giving this band much deserved airplay on his Saturday night Radio 2 show. It is to be hoped that this album rewaches as wide an audience as possible
Andrew Weaver
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "gwyn480" on 29 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album sees Karnataka come of age, it doesn't have a bad song. Repeated playings find more hidden and sublime treasures. Rachel Jones is truly great and by the sounds of it has more in the locker. The band have come on leaps and bounds and the increased confidence in playing ability is obvious. Those interested in good melodies with depth and wonderful vocal arrangements will love this album.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
Stunning third album from this group which really builds on their previous work. The production is outstanding, soaring guitar, rich textured vocals, driving rhythms, beautiful keyboards - its got the lot. The sound is expansive and big and is one of those rare albums you can both dance/rock to or, alternativly, chill-out to depending on your mood. The songs are ALL excellent, some really uplifting especially my favourite 'After the Rain'. It fact the whole album is, you can't help feeling a bit better after listening to it!
Rachel Jones voice is beautiful and the subtly different character of Anne-Marie Helder's voice has greatly augmented the vocal harmonies. Paul Davies' guitar soloing is second to none and slightly more prominent in the mix compared to the earlier albums, which in my opinion is a improvment as it is closer to their live sound. All in all its a finely crafted piece of work, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If there is any justice these guys should be massive.
BUY IT!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Savory on 16 Jun 2004
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This is the first Karnataka album I bought, largely on the recommendation of Amazon and a couple of rock magazines. After several listens, I bought all their other albums and have seen them live (A tight, professional performance that was truly enjoyable).
Karnataka influences are a combination of Celtic and prog, and somehow manage to make their sound accessible, memorable and yet be truly adventurous and progressive. Their sound is multi layered that grows on you with each listen.
All too often people are put off with bands because with the association of "Prog Rock". Genesis, ELP, Yes, and other 70's Prog rockers now seem dated not so much because of their sound, but because of all the bands that have subsequently used their sound and pushed out similar material without actually being progressive. Karnataka are no such act. They are a truly original and enjoyable sound. From the Clannad(ish) vocals to the searing guitar solos, this is an uplifting, emotional masterpiece - a pleasant change from the usual pap that is churned out.
Karnataka deserve success, and I recommend them to any discerning music lover.
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