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The Hour Of Two Lights

26 Mar 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 19 Mar 2010
  • Label: Honest Jon's Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 2003, Honest Jon's.
  • Total Length: 57:11
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  • ASIN: B003ET1RMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,239 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Sutton on 24 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 3rd solo album from Tery Hall is released on Damon Albarn's Honest John label,who released Albarn's world music album 'Mali Music' last year. Long time friend Albarn encouraged Hall to make another solo album and it was Hall�s own growing interest in Jewish and Arabic music that led him to produce this multicultural diverse album that is very different to his previous solo albums,although not a million miles away from the sound of 'The Specials'. He probably did not have enough expertise in this area of music to produce the album himself,and so he eventually teamed up with former Fun-Da-Mental star Mushtaq, and brought in many Arabic, Jewish and Gypsy musicians to create a dazzling work in which Hall takes a back seat for much of the album, in much the same way Albarn did on Mali Music.His whispering Marc Almond-esque voice suits the hypnotic Middle Eastern sounds perfectly, and while Hall is obvious on the record it is almost perfect.The only times the quality drops is when Hall is absent,as the Arabic sounds and wailing become repetitive without Hall's fine voice present. It�s great to have one of Britain�s most distinctive singers back on what is his best work for many years.Lets all hope he can produce an official website as it is very difficult to find out what Hall is up to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "smallbloom" on 28 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
Utter tosh?? Not at all. This CD needs to be viewed seperately to any Terry Hall release. It is simply music of the world played with no pretense & a lot of fun & gusto. Every song captures the smiles I'm sure the musicians had while recording them. My only quibble would be that the beat programming is a little limited & reminds me a little of The Gorillaz, who I didn't really want to hear in this recording. But, apart from that a wonderful feel-good piece of musical unity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 1 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
My musical christening was granted to me by Terry Hall as the deadpan singer in The Specials and although it took some time for me to forgive him for breaking up the band the second Fun Boy Three album and first Colourfield album convinced me to put my trust in Terry and allow him to take me on whatever musical journey he saw fit. The second Colourfield LP shock my resolve but `Ultra Modern Nursery Rhymes' and `Vegas' steadied the ship and after `Home' and the fantastic `Laugh' I would have followed him anywhere.

This collaboration with Mushtaq on Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's world music record label seemed like a very interesting place to visit and after reading a number of favourable reviews I jumped on board. I hate to admit it but it seems my taste is more conservative than I thought and the traditional Jewish, Arabic and Gypsy musicians jar against my sensibilities and I do find it difficult to listen to this album. Although a very interesting place to visit I would hate to live here. Sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gillimd on 3 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best thing I have listened to all year. It has been a long time since I felt as moved by music as I did by listening to this collection. The range of instuments is fascinating, the quality of the vocals is magnificent and the flow of tracks makes you feel you are on a musical tour. The more I listen to it the more I get from it - a truly spiritual and uplifting event. All I can say is - buy this CD - you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
We all knew he could do it and here is the proof! Terry Hall has used all his talent and ingenuity (with a help from former Fun-da-Mental member Mushtaq and others) to produce an album that has everything. It's got the trademark Hall lyrics together with a mixture of some very interesting instrumental styles that make this album 'pop music' for a new generation. It's not World Music but music for the world. Buy it and see where it takes you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Matthews on 12 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful, sophisticated and intelligent collaboration. Terry Hall's trademark understated style blends effortlessly with the talents of Mushtaq, and those of musicians who would probably be classified under the 'World Music' genre, which of course does not do justice to the wealth of talent and diversity of music that exists outside the mainstream west or within this album.

It has an undeniably Middle Eastern, North African and eastern European flavour, and yet it is totally contemporary in every way. It is without doubt one of the most successful crossover albums I've heard. Its sophistication remains uncontrived and the fusion of styles doesn't compromise the integrity of the diverse artists or styles of music involved.

It's quite simply a wonderful collaboration that should have received more publicity when it was released, and in the ongoing political climate, its subtle and humane message remains as poignant as ever.

The album art is as clever and understated as the production (a reminder of the inherent injustice at the heart of western foreign policy and the so-called 'war on terror') and the use of Arabic text in the lyrics section reflects the integrity and multicultural nature of this quite exceptional album.
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