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Prophesy [CD]

Nitin Sawhney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000056KPO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Sunset (Album Version) 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nothing 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Acquired Dreams 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nothing More 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Moonrise 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Street Guru (Part One) 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Preacher 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Breathing Light 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Developed 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Footsteps 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walk Away 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cold & Intimate 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Street Guru (Part Two) 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ripping Out Tears 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Prophesy 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Asian artist Sawhney has always dealt in musical fusions, and Prophesy, his fifth album, is his most ambitious yet. It became a worldwide odyssey, recording the words and beats of everyone from Nelson Mandela to a Chicago cab driver. He went to Madras to mix a 93-piece string section with Natacha Atlas' soaring vocals, did jam sessions in Soweto and rap-metal in LA, sampled Aboriginal dreamtime in Australia and came home to record the sumptuous harmonies of the London Community Gospel Choir. Despite the varied influences, this is not a global mish-mash--moving from the widescreen context of Sunset to the bitter trip-hop of Cold and Intimate, Sawhney has carved out a very personal, haunting and unified collection. --Lucy O'Brien

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NITIN SAWHNEY Prophesy (2001 UK 15-track CD album including Street Guru [Parts 1 & 2] and Cold & Intimate picture sleeve VVR1015912)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic opening track with a Bengali intro that slips beautifully into a modern mix. Purists will smile at the randomness of some of Bengali lyrics. Prophesy (the track) is also is a well crafted piece ending in a a crescendo not disimilar to one from Nitin's previous album. One can imagine classical Indian court dancers of yesteryear dancing over broken glass trancelike to this for their finale.
But without doubt the best track on the album & dare i say of the year is Breathing Light. An incredible tune which does not overplay its Mandela roots, whilst working its simple beat throughout. Worth buying if only for this.
In my jaded opinion the album doesnt quite match Beyond Skin - but maybe i haven't given it the attention it deserves. But copying my favourite 2 tracks to MD is probably the curse i have put on the album.
Not so much a Prophesy, as a Progression.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to boring chill out compilations 24 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit unsure about buying this after the mixed reviews it received but being a big fan of Beyond Skin I didn't believe Nitin would produce a bad album as some reviewers have suggested.
To start with I didn't get it and thought the album was a unflowing mishmash (to paraphrase other reviewers) after all. However, after repeated listenings it all started to make sense and now I think it is fabulous. Highlights for me Moonrise, Breathing Light and Prophesy but there is not a bad track on the album although I'm not really into the rap-metal track.
Overall the "fusion" of the music on this album is brilliant and to put these various influences together is such a way is just staggering. It does flow and it is not a mish mash once your brain understands it. Unfortunately some people just don't have the attention span to allow that to happen.
Overall it also gives a wonderful feel of listening to great music mixed by a good dj in a pre-club bar with the tracks well mixed and balanced.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Displacing the Street Guru 1 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I didn't really get into Prophesy until about the seventh or eighth time around. Initially I found that it didn't hang together as well as Beyond Skin or Displacing the Priest even though the range of songs is almost exactly the same: R'n'B ballads backed by subtle Indian vocals, lone eastern voices melting into chilled drum 'n' bass, a swooping juxtaposition of Asian and Latin voices, a heavy electro effort and gentle Brazilian love/rejection songs. Indeed, having got to know the album better I think the Prophesy songs better than their earlier 'equivalents'. The opener 'Sunset' is more affecting than 'Broken Skin', 'Breathing Light', 'Nothing' and 'Cold and Intimate' are all superb and 'Moonrise' is almost (though not quite) as good as 'Homelands'. This last song has a pleading Arabic voice gradually soothed by the Brazilian voice and chorus he sings against. Breathtaking.
No, what still grates and prevents me from loving every moment of the record is the new stuff. Whereas the theme of Beyond Skin (nuclear proliferation and the threat of an atomic apocalypse) was well presented by quotes interacting excellently with the mood-piece songs, the theme of this album (the evils of technology) holds together less well (how on earth did he record the album, then?) and we are stuck listening to Street Guru, parts 1 and -God help us!- 2, in which an anonymous New York cab driver witters on about the joys of multiculturalism and the hope that we don't rely on technology too much in a stream of vague platitudes. A further track, 'Developed', has a similar format with an Australian Aborigine but is hardly as objectionable because he doesn't labour his point as much.
These tracks get in the way and break up some of Nitin's finest playing and mixing to date. I would just urge him to stick to genuinely affecting modern music with a political edge and to stop lecturing me. Nonetheless, a great record.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 19 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
OK. I loved Beyond Skin. Loved it. So I was obviously very interested to hear what the new album would be like, and have to confess to being concerned that the award-winning Beyond Skin couldn't be bettered. I needn't have worried. While Prophesy is a natural progression - one might say development from Beyond Skin, it is deeper, more profound, far reaching and altogether a braver album than its predecessor. The musical fusions for which Nitin is already well known, reach unexpected and thought provoking levels here. On paper it wouldn't seem possible to fuse so many diverse cultures and sounds together to form a coherent whole. But it works. And don't ask me how he's done it, just believe me when I say this album is a masterpiece. Moving, challenging... 'Prophesy' (the title track) gets my pulse racing and reduces me to tears every time I hear it. So buy the bloody album. How many more adjectives do you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, exhilarating, just brilliant! 9 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely disagree with thiefinni from Bicester- I think that the Street Guru tracks are fantastic and are well placed in the album to almost give illusion to an interval at the theatre. I find them interesting pieces of social history (if I should read that much into it). On a different point I have to say I bought this album by pure accident and absolutely hated it initially as I did find it grating and didn't get what he was really trying to say without becoming annoyed by too much variety. However now I can't get enough of it, the mixture is now indeed a delight rather than irritation and I find it both mellowing and exhilarating to listen to- for me, now the perfect combination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CHILL OUT CD I HAVE
I have well over 3000 cd'sand many very good underground chillout cd's. But this has to be my best cd. I cannot fault it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. M. Detisi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
A friend recently informed me about Nitin Sawhney. I went out a bought his latest album, great music.
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Brent Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars One amazing journey
The concept of travelling the world and creating an album based on various cultures is always going to be a tough thing to complete. Read more
Published on 5 April 2005 by "msaunders38"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !
When I was recommended this album by a friend of mine I didn't quite realise what I was letting myself in for. This must be the best album I have heard for years. Read more
Published on 29 July 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Sawhney's panoramic masterpiece
Beyond Skin was my first journey in to the world of Nitin Sawhney. Beyond skin was one of the most diverse unchatocharised albums I'd ever heard with a strong Asian fusion. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2001 by R.O. P
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting blend of sounds
First time I've listened to any of his music, and as it was recommended to me by my dad of all people, I was a little sceptical!! Read more
Published on 30 July 2001 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful mish-mash of eco-trip-crap
This disk is truly as bad as Nitin's previous disks were wonderful. Take any previous Nitin disk, throw in some Alpha, a bit of Craig Armstrong, some predictable eco-freindly... Read more
Published on 4 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, thought provoking and astoundingly beautiful!
I think this is, without doubt, my favourite album of all time! No words can do justice to the immeasurable depth and genius of this work! Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2001
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