I have not listened to all of Snatam Kaur's CDs and music, but of those I have, this is one of my favorites, and by far, the one that comes closest to containing nothing but devotional hymns.
On this CD, you will not find any "popular" type ballads sung in English, with melodies that have crossover appeal to a contemporary pop genre. As the inner liner notes say, "these devotional hymns are from the Sikh tradition of Gurbani Kirtan."
The voices on the selections are those of Snatam Kaur and her mother, Prabhu Nam Kaur.
The cover did not appeal to me due to my perception that the theme of "Mother's Blessing," combined with the pairing of Snatam Kaur and her mother probably meant a highly feminine musical content that would appeal to women and mothers only. Was I wrong!!
The songs are among the most beautiful I have heard from her collection. What makes these special is that I have never heard them performed EVER in any of her concerts. In other words, I literally heard them for the first time with nothing to compare them to - being exposed to such beauty is a powerful experience.
My favorite is the song "Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur." I played this CD for a Sikh friend who had neither heard of her nor her music, and watching him listen to this CD was like watching someone drink from a glass of water after being deprived of water for days. He could barely take all the beauty from this music.
Inner liner notes include lyrics and translation, as well as a short tribute by Snatam Kaur to the inspiration for the music.
A word of caution on who would enjoy this CD - the music I would say is more for purists who appreciate this kind of unadulterated devotional music vs. those who like the more accessible devotional music with English lyrics or familiar melodies.
For the record, many musicians are involved with performing on this CD, including the great guitarist GuruGanesha Singh Khalsa, and various instruments are used by other performers such as the viola, bansuri flute, bass, percussion, and harmoniums. The sound is that of a studio recording (not live concert performance), one without any audio engineering flaws.
A beautiful beautiful CD!