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5.0 out of 5 stars This is magic!,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)Be prepared for a world tour of music! The latest album from Nitin Sawhney is as eclectic as ever. He manages to overlay an array of genres to compile an exciting compilation that is surely his best so far. Each track offered is better than the last. If you are a fan of Nitin Sawhney and his amazing entourage then this album is for you. Its hard to see how this can be bettered. My only criticism that a few of the tracks are too short leaving the listener for more. Go and buy!
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again.,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)Im SO excited about this album...I know people will be all 'up in arms,'about this but I wasnt to keen on Nitin's last album Human. My fav's would have to be Beyond Skin and then Prophesy but that said Human saw Nitin delving into new areas. The great thing about this album is that he has merged the new style from Human and the best qualities of all his previous albums. For those of you who are Nitin Sawhney virgins all I can say is that you need to get a clue about this guy he has an amazing back catalougue of work...he's even better in concert (cant wait till the 4th...hes playing at Shep's Bush empire 3rd/4th May) coupled with that this album is something else. It has a strong eastern/asian influence with an ounce of nu-soul, jazzy r'n'b with the hip moving beats of South America. This album (if you really appreciate good music) will evoke emotions and feelings that can only be described as that feeling you get when sat outside on a warm summers day where the breeze is the only thing that brings you back to reality from the imaginery world you drift of to when taking in the sun and forgetting about all your worries. (sorry I know that was REALLY corny but listen to it and you'll know what I mean)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatility,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)this is my second Nitin CD having started with Prophecy back in 2001 which I received courtesy of Pete Waddingham at V2 Records A&R and played a lot on my local radio stations...it's truly lamentable that I didn't get any of his other work until now, 6 years later. This is a different album indeed to Prophecy and a wealth again of guest vocalists. I was transported back to my fave New Orleans by the snappy blues intro to Dead Man then smiley and amazed at the smooth switch to eastern indian vocals and themes within a 'blues' track.. a classic example of the blending of genres which Nitin presents so well. This is followed up by the recited raga like Rag Doll then launches into the wonderful swirl of indian faux 'celtic' orchestrations of Mausam, reminiscent of Loreena McKennit and on and on with delights after delight.. a superb album - less harsh and socially critical than Prophesy but an intensely rewarding listen, especially for an eastern souled person like me. I wish I could play the sitar better than I do at times like this. The rest is pure Nitin magic.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate follow up to Beyond Skin and Prophesy,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)I allways look forward to a Nitin Sawhney album , I've seen this genius live and his post Beyond Skin albums are the most appealing, to me . After the masterpieces Beyond Skin and prophesy, Human left me uncertain of Sawhney's direction. For Philtre Nitin Sawhney is back to the diversity of his cocktail of Asian flava's, latin,flamenco, drum and base, electronica,housy soul with a variety of guests. The tempoe for Philtre is down beat dark yet refreshing, the vocals superb , there's still Sawhney's sidekick Tina Grace singing on tracks .Philtre is a continuation of the enchanting chilled out experience of Nitin Sawhney, as he ventures in to newer directions. My only complaint is why it's taken me so long to discover Philtre. And also How can such an outstanding collection have been passed by as it's as good as Beyond Skin and Prophesy!
4.0 out of 5 stars "Philtre" is another great album from Nitin Sawhney,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)Nitin Sawhney has always been one of those very interesting artists who is always looking to experiment with new styles of music, sounds and instruments. On "Philtre", his 7th studio album, he experiments with the darker side of Trip-Hop and R&B whilst still retaining the Indian influences and manages to create yet again another superb album.
"Everything" is a magical slice of Trip-Hop with dark beats, arrangements and intriguing vocals making it an instant highlight. "Spark" lends itself to Trip-Hop once again but is much more atmospheric and laid back. "Dead Man" blends Hip-Hop beats with Blues inspired arrangements, elements of Rap and Indian vocals to create a very original sounding song. "Mausam" is a much more uplifting song with sweet Indian vocals and arrangements, a gentle rhythm and a overall stronger Pop vibe and is the second highlight on this album. "Journey" is a mesmerising Jazz influenced R&B flavoured track with Jungle beats that kick in towards the middle of the song. There is indeed a lot of diversity on "Philtre" - "Void" is a short track with breathy vocal harmonies and flute improvisations, "Koyal" blends heavy R&B/Hip-Hop beats with Indian singing and sounds whilst the two following tracks "Noches En Vela (Part 1 & Part 2)" focus on Spanish vocal arrangements and Flamenco style guitar playing. All of these tracks are great in their own way, but my favorite creation on here is the following track "Throw" which is a very beautiful R&B track with an infectious chorus. "Flipside" is a Funk inspired catchy song, "Footprints" is another effective upbeat Spanish inspired song and "The Search" another rhythmic Indian creation with heavy Jungle beats. The final short track "Sanctuary" is a calm instrumental ending the album on a peaceful zen note.
Nitin Sawhney is a very clever songwriter as he is able to blend a variety of different styles whilst still managing to create an album that works well as a whole - each track sits perfectly next to another and the moods of "Philtre" create a river of sound and give the listener a lot of choice. "Philtre" is one of Nitin Sawhney's finest releases to date.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion fill,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)I'd only heard snippets of Nitin Sawhney before I bought this album, but that didn't worry me as I'm used to buying on instinct. My instinct once again proved itself because I just lurve this album and it's been played lots in the short time I've had it. Without picking out individual tracks for specific comments (after all, I'm no expert), I'd like to comment on the whole album. Philtre is a journey spanning 3 continents, taking elements from each and either using them independently (as in the soulful tracks) or fusing them in a delightful way that made me realise how close Spanish and Indian music can be.
To sum up - an intricate blend that gives the mind of the listener something to chew over. The album as a whole has an upbeat flavour that I find great for either driving or writing. See what you make of it yourself - I doubt you'll be disappointed if you like diverse influences.
4.0 out of 5 stars Could you spell that, please?,
This review is from: Philtre (Audio CD)Odd name, but extremely good artist and arranger. I bought this on the strength of having heard one track by him in a compilation album. Some of it is a tad wild to my taste, but an excellent example of the current genre of jazz. I can't say I was disappointed when I bought an entire album of his work.
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