An exquisite musical menagerie with ideas drawn from the four corners of the world. Producer is Daniel Lanois and musicians of stature like Brian Eno, Manu Katche and the Babacar Faye drummers assist. Roots instruments like the djembe, sabar drums, tama surdu and doukdouk spice up the sound with delicious results.
The opener Come Talk To Me starts with the mournful drone of bagpipes and African drums, reaches a transcendant climax in a magnificent chorus of vocals & drum and fades out on grieving sitar infusions. The influence of Lanois is very much in evidence here and on Blood Of Eden, with dense layers of dreamy sounds and yearning, spiritual vocals.
Love To Be Loved combines Brian Eno, the Valiha (a Malagasy instrument) and the tabla, for a lovely exotic sound. Kiss That Frog sports some tight rock riffs. Digging In The Dirt and Steam are more mainstream rock songs. Warm, powerful and multi-faceted. Some of the live songs here rival the studio versions for passion and intensity.