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Salt Rain

Susheela Raman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005BJIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ganapati 6:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Maya 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mamavatu 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Woman 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mahima 7:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trust In Me 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bolo Bolo 2:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Salt Rain 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kamakshi 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nagumomo 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. O Rama 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Song To The Siren 6:320.99  Buy MP3 

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If the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" is one of the classic examples of raga rock (emphasis on rock), fusing the ancient Indian modal pattern of raga with western rock & roll, Susheela Raman's remarkable debut Salt Rain could well be described as raga blues, (emphasis on raga). Trained to sing classical Indian music from childhood, the Londoner by birth began experimenting with the vocal style of American blues in adolescence, finding in her early 20s a richly exotic multi-textured sound. African rhythms, Asian-chordal dissonance and a deep womanly voice make for an intoxicating listening experience. Rather than run together as an ineffective mishmash of multicultural styles, Raman and her crew of musicians with origins in Romania, Greece, Spain and Kenya offer a sound like a masala-Gypsy-klezmer band with one foot in the delta. Familiar as the soaring voice of Joi, Raman is an intensely exciting new voice not in just world music, but in music as a whole. Salt Rain is both bountiful and devastatingly beautiful. --Paige La Grone

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, timeless and relaxing 28 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
This beautiful debut album is hard to define. Raman was brought up on classical Indian music, but with a band comprised of Indian, European and African musicians, she leads us into some more modern twists on the traditional sounds.
Her songs sound new and fresh, yet mellow and bluesy, with relaxed tunes like "Nagumomo" interspersed with more plaintive vocals. She has taken many traditional ethnic songs and cut them back or pepped them up to make them her own, as well writing the haunting songs "Woman" and "Salt Rain" about her own family experiences. Every song tells a tale and stands along as a gorgeous sound, while the lyrics slip between English, Hindi and Tamil.
The high point of the album for me is the final track, "Song to the Siren". (She also covers "Trust in me" from the Jungle Book, making it twisted and alluring.) This Tim Buckley classic has been covered a number of times but none so movingly as by Raman - she has brought purpose to cover versions. A beautiful close to a stunning album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 13 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is music to soothe the soul and make your spirit sing. 'Devastatingly beautiful' one of the other reviews said. That's about right. Susheela has a voice of breathtaking clarity and masterful range and control that she uses to wonderful effect on this CD. There's a huge range of musical styles here but not a dud track on it - every single track stands in its own right as a work of beauty. The other instrumentalists are unreservedly excellent - especially the bass - and they all play in such an understated way as to let the wonderful melodies speak rather than clutter them with too much embellishment. This is music as good as it gets. Truly sublime and magical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Susheela - brilliant 19 Dec 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. I saw Susheela live in Glasgow and she was brilliant. Some people criticise her for covering the song Bolo Bolo, claiming that "Ms. Raman's version is exacrable, almost unrecognizable unless one knows the words." Yes, it is very different, but thats what makes it good. She is different, and a breath of fresh air.
I would recommend this album to people who like to 'chill' - you know what i mean. Listen to this and enjoy its effect on your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical - a favourite for years to come 2 Nov 2001
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Format:Audio CD
No words will do this album justice - it's in a league of it's own so you should just BUY it. Susheela's beautiful voice, surrounded by classical Indian styles, is mesmerising. My pick list - the tracks Bola Bola, Mumvatu, Song to the Siren, Salt Rain. For some reason the emotional depth of this album reminds me of another favourite songstess Natacha Atlas, although the style is quite different. Susheela blends fusion and traditional music effectively and sensitively. A must for Nitin Sawhney fans. This is a CD to light candles and close your eyes too - treat yourself!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go with your heart not with your head. 15 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
I am not here to judge the "bad urban-folk mumble and with some reggae influence" as the other reviewer. I am here to say the sound of this album is beautiful. Not just one track is good but all the tracks flow into each other. I feel that it gives a sense of of the feminine. Wonderful background music when gathering with friends. I saw Shusheen in concenrt when Salt Rain came out around 2005 and was spell bound. Here I am 9 years later and enjoying it all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hypnotic sound 7 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had heard of Susheela Raman, but hadn't bought her music before this album. Had it on in the car regularly, and everyone who heard it immediately said 'who's that?'. Amazing voice and silky sound.
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