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  • Audio CD (22 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000AKNG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

When the hairs on the back of your neck stand up it's a good sign. As this CD progresses you are gradually drawn in by Susheela's gorgeous, spell binding voice.On track three, "Amba", two musicians from Mongolian band Yat Khat enter the mix. The rough, thrilling sound of the horsehair fiddle and the frankly extraordinary deep throat singing of Albert Kuvezin create a delirious, compelling experience. They repeat this just as effectively on the driving, up-tempo "Manasuloni".

Susheela sings her own individual take on Indian Classical, traditional Tamil music and a smorgasbord of other world musics. She has already won a legion of admirers and a Radio 3 Award for world music two years ago. And on the basis of this lovely second album she's likely to win many more.

Producer Sam Mills creates a live, organic feel. The instruments hover in the middle distance, with Susheela's voice placed firmly where it belongs, at the front of the mix. It's as though he's recreating the drone that underpins Asian music but with a modern band. The result is a twilit musical world: all kinds of sounds and instruments, from kora to piano to clarinet are integrated without a false note.The sparse duet featuring Greek clarinetist Manos Achalinotopoulos Dhamavati is one of the albums many highlights. Tony Allen, Fela Kuti's legendary drummer provides exactly the right pulse: understated yet driving.

The cover of Joan Armatrading's "Save Me" seems like an interlude between the other high points. And if the title track, a reworking of an Ethiopian pop song is a little corny, it does act as a clever introduction to the rest of the album, showcasing ideas that are developed later.

Adjectives to describe this wonderful music started to fail me. Instead I just let myself go, carried away by its subtle, hypnotic charms.

If this is a trap, it's one made out of honey. --Nick Reynolds

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is as good as if not better than Susheela Raman's first one, Salt Rain. The first song "Love Trap" has a racy funky edge to it and has a haunting and almost spooky feel about it that gives this love song much intensity. "Save Me" is in my opinion, one of the most beautiful songs on the whole album, with thought-provoking lyrics and a poignant sadness in the honesty of its deliverance. Many of the songs are sung in Tamil as well as Hindi (I think?) and the wavering intonations and depth of scale in Susheela's voice is both powerful and sensual, and although I dont understand the words, the music is uplifting and has the effect of transporting you to another place. Tu Meera Divanapan Hai is also a lovely romantic track with a smooth honey-like feel to Susheela's vocals and the surrounding music. I would also like to add that the musicians on the album, namely the guitarists, drummers, flute and archestral players, etc. are exceptional. This is true food for the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2006
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The very album name itself conjures up some reject from the 80's. But despite this - there's genuinely a few lovely tracks on here. The lyrics are utterly daft, but most of the album is a good listen. There are also a few stinkers on the album too so be prepared to fast forward a few. It's not as good as her debut album 'Salt Rain' but is still worth listening to.

The core thing is that Susheela Raman has a really beautiful voice. Even when she sings the traditional songs (which I far prefer) her voice has a haunting and hypnotic individuality.

The whole 'Copy Controlled' thing (you can stop reading now if you're not interested!). Pretty lousy thing for the record labels to do. Unfortunately they are legally allowed to. You only purchase a licence to play the music in the format of a CD. Course it's not showing much good will on their part, and I object to that as much as the next person. Especially for the average punter out there like me - who just wants to put it on their Zen to listen to for personal reasons. What is so short sited of the record labels is that people will eventually stop buying material they cannot put on players. They'll lose all that extra revenue from someone eg with line splitter playing music to a mate on the tube saying "this is great why don't you buy it". Also means in reality hackers and fraudsters will find ways around it. Then they will get no money at all. Not even from people downloading material legally. BA HUMBUG! I say to all you over bloated rich mean record labels. I think you may have just shot yourselves in the foot. I also feel sorry for the artists who will themselves suffer at the hands of fraudsters.
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By Mr. M. Hoyes on 13 July 2013
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I am already familiar with Susheela Raman I have 3 other Cd's by her and this one is just as good as the rest, she has an enchanting voice and I love her mixing of eastern and western styles in her music and singing.
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Great
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryuto on 20 Jan. 2004
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I heard this CD playing while I was eating in a restaurant-it went well with my meal! It's a pleasant mix of traditional Indian songs and material co-written by Raman.
It's a mixed bag and I find some of the songs a little cheesy-actually it's the ones sung in English that are the worst offenders! When sung in an Indian-subcontinental language they just sound so much more convincing! There are a couple of great tracks that I love. 'Sakhi Maro' is just a lovely song with a delightful acoustic guitar and 'ethnic' lute-type instrument. Raman's singing can be excellent although at times it's overly 'breathy' and seems to come from the back of her throat-which can be annoying! I also like 'Ye meera divanapan hai' but mainly because it reminds me of my Mother and Father playing this song when I was a child...............
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