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Rrakala
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who is blind, is the Aboriginal answer to Stevie Wonder. Born on an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, northern Australia in 1970, he never learned Braille and has only a few words of English, but the expressiveness of his singing - though his lyrics are in Yolngu - goes straight to the heart in whatever linguistic context it is heard.

His voice is wonderfully smooth and sweet, and his self-accompaniment on the guitar (left-handed on a right-hand-strung instrument) gently powers his songs along, backed by the Saltwater Band.

His first album, "Gurrumul", put him straight into the stratosphere, with sales topping 140,000 in Australia alone. Sting described him as having "the voice of a higher being", while the Sydney Morning Herald hailed him as "the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded".

"Rrakala" looks like breaking new records. The first song is a freewheeling celebration of the tuna which leap and dive in the waters of Arnhem Land; the title of the second - being the name his Gumatj people call themselves - celebrates their solidarity and shared ancestry.

"Let's all sit together, watch the sea, contemplate the changing tide" begins the next song, with his voice descanting over delicately-added backing vocals. Here he plays a nylon-string guitar, and his overlaid work on piano and brushed drums testify to a high level of musicianship.

Every song reflects his belief in the eternal interconnectedness of his people and their environment: it all passes in a sweet trance. M. Church.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2011
This album contains some of the most beautiful,melodic and moving singing I have ever heard.Gurrumuls voice is like nothing I have ever heard before,I wish that more people were aware of it.It is impossible to know which category it fits as there is
nothing to compare it with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2012
Very rarely you hear a piece of music and know immediately that it is one of the most sumptuously beautiful pieces of music you have ever heard but this is one of those rare occassions. The music is simple but washes over you , it is so pure and clean , an absolute delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2012
I decided to buy this after hearing Gurrumul sing on Gary barlow's Jubilee song,Sing. I find it absolutely beautiful. The album is sung entirely in the Australian language with no English and is all about ancestry,country and the earth and its elements and how the Australian Aboriginal people regard those things. There is an excellent booklet included with the album which translates the tracks into English but I found, that when listening, I did not need to know the words but am just content to drift on the beauty of Gurrumul's voice.
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on 21 April 2013
My sister in law loaned us his first CD when we visited Australia in 2010. It became a haunting accompaniment for our long drive up the East coast from Melbourne to Brisbane. I reluctantly returned the CD, but soon bought my own copy. It was a clear "no-brainer" that I would also buy his follow up CD. We have not been disappointed. He is a blind aboriginal singer with a truly remarkable talent. All tracks are sung in Gurrumul's native aboriginal dialect, but an accompanying booklet provides an English translation. Another hauntingly beautiful album that can be played over and over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
Lovely relaxing pieces of music, only criticism is that each song sounds similar to the previous one. If you like this style then it's an excellent choice.
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on 6 July 2012
I bought both CD's after seeing Gurrumul in the Gary Barlow documentary. His music really focussed me and made me sit up and listen yet relax at the same time. Better listened to in his native tongue than following the English translations on the cover. Although these were helpful in giving insight into the content of the songs I felt I could emotionally engage with the track better without the English translation. Loved it.
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on 12 June 2014
Gurrumul has once again proved with this album that he is the best artist to come out of Australia
for a long ,long time. I highly recommend this album and hope he continues to please everyone
as much as he did me when they hear it .
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on 1 May 2015
I only heard of this man today and immediately felt the passion and total clarity in his voice. The only other person who has affected me in this way was when I first heard Eva Cassidy. I cannot wait to hear more of his music.
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on 27 October 2013
The best c.d i've heard for a long time...a gift from my brother who has exceptionally good taste.
Yoiu will not be disappointed Gurrumul has a voice so pure it is transcendent
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