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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outerindia
  • ASIN: B004GF2V5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen13. Cargo 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The always unpredictable Susheela Raman is back, at last, with one of the most confident, rousing albums of her career. Ten years ago, she became the first world music artist to be nominated for a Mercury prize with her debut set Salt Rain, and since then she has constantly changed direction, experimenting with mixing Indian influences with a variety of global styles or reworking rock classics. Now, after a four-year wait, comes a set that reflects her recent travels in India a brave clash of Indian and contemporary western styles. It starts with a new song, the stomping Raise Up, in which her powerful singing is matched against stirring, passionate vocals from the Rajasthani singer Kutle Khan, and she follows with the slinky, rhythmic treatment of the traditional Daga Daga, which mixes tabla percussion with a furious guitar solo from Sam Mills. Then there's the stirring Ennapane and (best of all) the epic Paal, another traditional song that starts as a drifting, violin-backed ballad but builds into an exhilarating climax. Her own slower ballads, Magdalene and Eighteen Floors, provide a more western contrast, but it's her bravely original treatment of the Indian material that makes this album special. --4/5 - The Guardian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pinkjazz on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Susheela Raman, born in London from Tamil parents, is almost a household name in France, but isn't as well known as she should be. That's partly because her consistently innovative records have tended to confuse her followers.
Basically, she hails from the movement of immigrant and second-generation musicians from the Indian subcontinent based in Britain, who perform a fusion of traditional and classical forms from their homeland with contemporary beats and dancehall tracks from Western Europe.
She began work on the idea of fusing Indian classical forms with more contemporary Western ones.
Her first album "Salt Rain" from 2000, which looks more and more like a classic in retrospect, was tinged with jazziness, with some highly memorable tunes like "Ganapati" and "Maya", with an amusing take on "Trust in Me (The Python's Song)" from Disney's "The Jungle BookJungle Book 2 [DVD]".
It won her a fervent following, a BBC World Music Award and the love of the world music crowd.
Her next albums have veered from takes on Ethiopian pop in "Love Trap" to Dylanesque lyrics in English culminating in an adventurous album, "33 1/3", of cover versions including "Like a Rolling Stone" and a wonderfully re-imagined version of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child", which usually makes for a delirious encore in her concerts.
The world music contingent was, in general, frankly baffled (other critics liked this album the best).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selvaraj V M Muthuraja on 2 Sept. 2011
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This is an amazing album and breaks new ground. Susheelas rendition of old tamil devotionals is just not of this world but divine. Her interpretations help to transit these old tamil devotional classisc onto a new generation.

These great songs which were a joy to my generation will continue to move the next one. Enjoyed them immensely. Having grown up with the originals as a child, felt unabated enthusiasm for this fresh and original renditions and wish there was more of this genre. It surely touches one to the core.

Let the purists take exception. It is better a living tradition that is able to reinvent itself then one in its purity that moves into oblivion.

Hope we will get to see and hear more of this. Well done lass, would have been so proud of you if you were my own kid. Still so delighted you are a gift to all and thank you for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 17 May 2012
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Having never heard of Susheela Raman before, I saw her and her band perform on a French TV channel, which I happened upon while channel flicking. I thought the music sounded really interesting,and the performance of it also visually appealing, so researched a bit. The album's quite difficult to describe; an exciting fusion of Western indie/rock and traditional Tamil music is my fairly superficial attempt. It contains some strong religious imagery, particularly on the last song, Cargo, and I love her pronunciation of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel's name. Susheela Raman deserves a much wider audience than I suspect she has.
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Susheela is steadily becoming a icon for musicans of her genre - the creative blend of indian and western musical modes. This record, with an enorous, critical contribution from herr guitarist and long term producer/ collaborator/partner Sam Mills, is lottle short of a masterpiece and deserves even wider appreciation than nit has had so far
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Intense and entrancing! 9 Jun. 2012
By Alistair Moom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Susheela Raman, born in London from Tamil parents, is almost a household name in France, but isn't as well known as she should be. That's partly because her consistently innovative records have tended to confuse her followers.
Basically, she hails from the movement of immigrant and second-generation musicians from the Indian subcontinent based in Britain, who perform a fusion of traditional and classical forms from their homeland with contemporary beats and dancehall tracks from Western Europe.
She began work on the idea of fusing Indian classical forms with more contemporary Western ones.
Her first album "Salt Rain" from 2000, which looks more and more like a classic in retrospect, was tinged with jazziness, with some highly memorable tunes like "Ganapati" and "Maya", with an amusing take on "Trust in Me (The Python's Song)" from Disney's "The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition)".
It won her a fervent following, a BBC World Music Award and the love of the world music crowd.
Her next albums have veered from takes on Ethiopian pop in "Love Trap" to Dylanesque lyrics in English culminating in an adventurous album, "33 13", of cover versions including "Like a Rolling Stone" and a wonderfully re-imagined version of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child", which usually makes for a delirious encore in her concerts.
The world music contingent was, in general, frankly baffled (other critics liked this album the best).
As one Indian journalist commented, "When you hear Carnatic with a bluesy treatment or a Lou Reed classic sounding like it originated from Chennai or the Mississippi Delta, you're in Susheela Country".
In India too, though, there seems to be a divided response to Susheela - from ecstatic approval from some who see her as the avatar of a new cultural re-arrangement to others who are outraged by both her lax use of spiritual texts, in their opinion, or a kind of jealousy that an outsider is leading the way into the modern world.
For the new album "Vel" (the Tamil for spear, Tamil Voodoo and Incantation), Susheela Raman had worked with Londoner and Rajasthan's Folk musicians to create a different sound which has got a blend of both English Rock and Indian music.
It documents her journey as a European with South Indian ancestry into the heartland of Tamil music.
Its main references are based on ancient Tamil religions and culture, marginalised and downplayed by the mainstream culture in India and an intense sort of rough post-punk sound with added Indian violin, played with passionate verve by Kumar Raghunathan and masterful percussion by long-time collaborator, tabla guru Arif Durvesh.
The post-punk elements are provided by Johnny Turnbull on bass, who used to be in the band 23 Skidoo with Sam Mills, Susheela's partner and producer, who plays guitar.
There are several singalong in-your-face uptempo pieces including the head banging prayer inspired by an ancient female saint "Daga Daga", which is the sound of cosmic union between Shakti and Shiva , and "Raise Up", both of which will have festival audiences entranced, and but also more lyrical tunes like "Orfea", a version of the Orpheus myth, and "Paal", a song about pilgrims climbing a mountain to make offerings to Lord Muruga, which shifts gear from downtempo atmospherics to Wagnerian semi-thrash.
Her supple voice combines the soul of a Joan Armatrading and the wildness of a P.J. Harvey, even at times the spiritual plugged-in power of an Abida Parveen .
With her trademark raw cry, she is well known for singing ancient devotional hymns with an insistent urgency. Every word and note is malleable, and she spares no opportunity to sculpt each with passion.
With the likes of fellow Indo-Brit pioneers like Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney there is a feeling of artistic treading water.
With Susheela, though, she moves forward with the force of one of her beloved and fearsome South Indian goddesses, moving implacably into uncharted territory. Peter Culshaw

1. Zero City
2. Raise Up
3. Daga Daga
4. Magdalene
5. Eighteen Floors
6. Paal
7. Orfea
8. Velundu
9. Fools
10. Muthu Kumar
11. Ennapane
12. Vanaikavil
13. Cargo

Prophesy
Love Trap
Music for Crocodiles
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