I had never heard of Jocelyn Pook, till a friend sent me a link to a YouTube video of a piece of `sacred style' Western choral singing composed by her, very much in Early Music polyphony mode (which I love) However I also love the strange atonal, dissonant singing and ululations of Arabic music. And it turns out that Ms Pook, best known for film and TV sound tracks, (Eyes Wide Shut, by all accounts propelled her to a wider audience) works with a fusion of Western classical, and strands of world music which clearly pull in threads from the Balkans, the Middle East, India, and she also incorporates more modern, electronic techniques - reverb, sampled sounds. And then there is a rich and sumptuous vein of high romantic and lyrical use of Western classical strings, lush and emotional. And some up-beat, tabla driven rhythmic numbers, which invite the listener to groove, move and sway
This shouldn't really work, somehow it does! For an impressively detailed track by track review, see the top listed Spotlight review - the big disadvantage of mp3 downloads, is all the missing info you'd get with the CD sleeve insert! Personally I found the more dance upbeat numbers didn't work quite as alluringly as the other tracks, missing the stranger, more unusual quality of the other, intensely emotional tracks, hence I have pulled back from 5 stars. But I am busily listening to more of Ms Pook!