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Moonsung: A Real World Retrospective (Real World Gold)
 
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Moonsung: A Real World Retrospective (Real World Gold)

6 May 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 April 1999
  • Label: Real World Records
  • Copyright: 1999 Real World Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 46:02
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0081LDMB4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,012 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 9 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt about Sheila Chandra's talent, she's a perceptive and clever singer, who delves deep into song and the musical traditions of India and Britain (and beyond), and creates some incredible music that references both aspects of her heritage. Her singing is enchanting, yet often it has a dry and distant quality to it, seemingly just out of reach, or unapproachable.

I bought Moonsung being already a little familiar with her music, but only owning two or three songs on Realworld samplers. The best thing I had heard by her, to my taste, was the album a ABoneCroneDrone (via the local library), and it is a work of great beauty. But it's an album of long-form pieces, the listener is borne upon encapsulating journeys within these multi-dimensional sound-sculptures, so creating 3 to 4 minute edits, as on Moonsung, seems to deprive them of their power (and you the listener of the intended experience) actually making for a frustrating experience. Whilst ABoneCroneDrone is my favourite album by Sheila Chandra, I tend to skip the edits on Moonsung, where my favourite pieces are "Nana", "Waiting" and "Sacred Stones".

Releasing a restrospective complition focused upon only three albums by any artist always seems to me to be a bit of a dubious move, and thankfully to the best of my knowledge Realworld haven't repeated this process with any of their other artists, because it has the appearance of a cash-in exercise rather than providing a compliment to Sheila Chandra's work on Realworld, anything special for the fans, or a tantalizing introduction for newcomers. They could have drawn music from Sheila's Indipop releases too, then we would have had a more valid compilation to enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "bamakobelle" on 8 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Moonsung is subtle pearl of an album in the treasure trove of contemporary world music. Chandra competently merges sounds and sentiments both potent and fragile in a collection of songs that could almost be described as a journey through the space between the subdued and the passionate. The haunting resonance of her voice is never overstated and possesses a remarkable, enchanting fluidity evocative of both traditional Indian and Gaelic folk music. "Ever so Lonely" is particularly reminiscent of the sound of Irish folk bands such as Clannad, whilst "Shehnai Song" has a considerably more Eastern feel. Experimental tracks like "Speaking in Tongues" are conspicuously more unusual, perhaps even challenging at first but contribute beautifully to the album as a whole. It is as if her music occupies a captivating place of cultural and stylistic exchange between the axis of East and West. This album is a testimony to the notion that Chandra is one of the industries truly post-modern and eclectic artists. You will not be dissapointed with this recording.
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I walked into a small art store at a whim, and whilst walking around looking at all the different pieces for sale, suddenly became overwhelmed by the music being played in the background. I remember stopping and thinking that this was probably one of the most beautiful pieces of music, sung by a woman with such extraordinary talent and vocal range. I had to have it, although I had a fight on my hand, as my girlfriend who had wondered off in the opposite direction, came running towards me. I knew she had the same reaction to the etherial sound of Sheila Chandra. The sheer brilliance of Celtic and Indian influence, is masterful within itself. Added to which you have a deep rich voice that moves the listener.

I begged the shop owner to sell me the CD, and despite my best attempts (even cried a little) she would not part with it. I was heart broken.

I wrote down the name of the CD and the artist, determined to track it down in the nearest music store. That shop lady however, came running out after me, saying that I should have the CD. I can't tell you how moved I was by that act of kindness, as I know she too loved the CD.

To this day it remains one of my most prized CD's, and an ever present reminder that music, art and human compassion, can still make for a better world.
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By Neil Holliday on 11 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
I loved 'Ever so Lonely' as an unusual single, and as I tend to go for more abstract music these days, I gave this a whilrl. More than anything, my opinión is one of disappointment. Too many of the songs are in English, and while one or two would have been aceptable, for me it just highlighted the por lyrical content, and clashed with the music.There was one track wich involved a selection of rapid clicking noises and not much else which I found irritating in the extreme.
I'll give it another go at some point, but really, I wanted much more tan I got from this.
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