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Human [VINYL]

Nitin Sawhney Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00009YXA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nitin Sawhney - Human. A must have for 2003. 16 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sawhney’s latest offering is an excellent display of his natural musical talent. Unlike Prophesy, Sawhney has a much more personal approach to his music. As with his previous albums he still manages to fill the void between Eastern and Western musical influences, pulling the two together creating an delicate mix of styles.
He continues to use the infectious vocals that we sampled on 'Beyond Skin' and 'Prophesy' and combines this with his natural chilled out style. 'Fallen Angels' is probably one of the most beautiful and serene tracks he has ever laid down in the studio, but be prepared for the more dance-orientated tracks such as 'Eastern Eyes' and 'Raag' as they may come as a shock to some, and do take a bit of getting used to. It is clear to the listener that Sawhney is experimenting with new styles and is moving forward in a new direction. We can expect great things to come after this album and if you are a fan of Nitin’s previous work then this is a must have for your CD collection.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to greatness 26 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have all Nitin Sawhneys albums and my favourites are the early ones (Migration and Displacing the Priest). Maybe its because they had more focus than Beyond Skin and Prophesy or perhaps the Indian influence was much more to the fore. This album at last manages to bring together Nitin's diverse style into a more coherent (and listenable) whole. I'm not one for the political/personal musings that Nitin goes in for (very sixth form), instead concentrating on the music. The tracks Falling, Heer, Fragile Wind and Raag alone justify the purchase of this CD. The rest are easy enough to listen to which is no bad thing. If you've never tried Nitin Sawhney I would strongly recommend this album over the last two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, hypnotic, spinetingling brilliance 15 July 2003
By fwk
Format:Audio CD
I’ve waited a long time for this album….but it was definitely worth the wait!
Just when I thought I could never love another album the way I do, Beyond Skin, Nitin produces this stunning collection of songs, which will leave you in a hedonistic state of pure happiness.
This album feels more like Beyond Skin than Prophesy. Its smoother, warmer, and more intricate, taking a more layered approach than its last predecessor, Prophesy.
On first listening to the album, I thought it was good. As you continue to play it over and over, you begin to hear new sounds, melodies within melodies, and now I absolutley love it.
Standout tracks have to be all of them, but at a push if I had to choose just a few I'd say:
The River – A great opener, you’ll be tapping your toe to this one. Larderdarde’s vocals seem made for this track.
Eastern Eyes - Natasha Atlas is simply haunting on this track and suits Kevin Mark Trail’s voice perfectly. When the beat kicks in, this track takes off.
Falling – This is fantastic! Aqualung’s talents have been used brilliantly to create a truly beautiful track that lulls you into a magical musical soundscape.
Waiting (Oh mistress mine) – impeccable – my favourite. This track will have you mesmerised within the first 20 seconds.
Raag – a great instrumental number that blends that eastern vibe with a light electronica feel. Great build-ups and breakdowns.
Nitin fans won’t be disappointed, Nitin’s trademark sound, which is basically a bit of everything, is well represented on this album. He covers everything from DnB, to Jazz to electronica, mastering all, effortlessly.
If you’re new to Nitin, this is as good a place to start as any. Once you own one of his albums, you’ll be itching to add his others to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh he's gorgeous... 22 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Flawless production coupled with soulful melodies make a human a truly emotive experience to listen to. The album flows seamlessly from one track to the next, each song in turn painting an intimate portrait not only of Sawhney's own experiences, but reminding us all of the tribulations and joys of growing up in contemporary Britain. The track 'O Mistress Mine' in particular, has a richness, timelessness and grace that seeps into your soul. While other tracks such as 'Rainfall' and 'Eastern Eyes' provide sharp, yet gripping beats. More trip-hopping sounding songs are included, all dripping with emotional subtlety. The sound and richness of London, and all it has to offer in terms of diversity is represented here in this beautiful and unique album. This is a must buy purchase for anyone who appreciates quality music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet? 16 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Human may be the best offering from Nitin Sawhney to date. It is more consistent than previous albums and develops a smoother more song-based style but loses none of the effortless integration of musical cultures which chacterised Beyond Skin in particular. Vocal performances are particularly strong and varied throughout. The overall mood is a bit more soulful, certainly less agressive than Prophesy, and played gently it makes soothing background without perhaps really catching the ear. But turn up the volume to really listen and this album is full of delights. Great stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's done better 24 Jan 2004
By Miss G.
Format:Audio CD
Very good album, but not his best. If this is the first you hear, don't be put off. The man is a genius and his older work is the kind of music you don't hear often enough. Beautiful, soulful and original. The kind of stuff that can really turn your day around from bad to 'what a wonderful world'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully made album
I love the work of Nitin and have began collecting and exploring his work and that of Talvin Singh. Both of them have a highly skilled way of producing emotional and moving music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. G. M. Detisi
4.0 out of 5 stars enchanting
if you have the emotions of a human, you will love this. it is sublime in my opinion. I love this man's music and this record/mp3 does not disappoint.
Published on 31 May 2011 by Julia Mathevosian
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure that always takes me by surprise!
I shuffle my songs. So many times when a song from this album comes on, I have found myself thinking "wow, this is really good, who is this? Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by Narcho
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
Bought this album as I had heard one of the tracks previously and liked it so much I decided to buy the album. So impressed I am now going to purchase more music from this artist. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Denise Howard
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid. Nothing to it.
After hearing the rich variety of musics and experiences in other Sawhney albums, there is nothing here at all. Extremely bland. Even the words don't say anything. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2008 by Mr. Edmund A. Bloxam
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding spiritual music.
I love this CD. Favourite track - FRAGILE WIND. I disagree with the people who think this is weak or easy listening. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2006 by JakeThePeg
3.0 out of 5 stars New to Nitin Sawhney
As the title states I am new to this artists work and bought the album purely on the reviews of other people on this site and also the cheap price of it. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic
That's the word I would use. I love this CD, it's so dreamy, mesmerising and calming.
Published on 12 Sep 2003 by Mint
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
This is the first Nitin Sawhney CD I've bought and could well be the last. There are practically no cultural references here except the sound bites between tracks. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2003 by C. R. Cheesman
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