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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT VALUE BOX SET, 14 May 2013
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This review is from: 5 Album Box Set (Audio CD)
This is re-package of Natacha's first five solo albums, some of which are no longer available as individual CD's. As a solo artist and as singer with Trans Global Underground, the Anglo-Egyptian singer has spent more than two decades fusing electronic beats with North African and Arabic music, finding links between seemingly disparate musical genres, exploring new and different sonic settings and working with a wealth of like-minded collaborators from across the world along the way. The resulting body of work is both a triumph of true multiculturalism and a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture. It is, indeed, an oeuvre unlike any other. Presiding over it all, of course, is Atlas's extraordinary voice. Meltingly sensuous and gloriously passionate, delicate with melisma and microtones, it bridges Middle Eastern and Western styles with instinctive ease.

Diaspora comes up with a heady mix of traditional Arabic music and sprinkled techno beats that is so trance-inducing that it wouldn't go unnoticed on the dancefloor even though the songs are mysterious, hard to get your head around, and completely exotic. Atlas spreads her gorgeous, serpentine voice over each song like the spell of a snake charmer, and the results are mesmerizing. Despite the foreign tongue, the songs are dripping with passion, whether they are concerned with love and seduction, spirituality, ancient history, or the blood feud between Arabs and Jews, and never is the music less than accessible, albeit an accessibility that the listener has to work to acquire because it is so grounded in the Middle East. - Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide

Working with four distinct co-writing/production groups this time around, including her collaborators in Transglobal Underground in one group and, in another, Killing Joke mainman Jaz Coleman (pursuing his other interest in orchestrations), Atlas again creates an intoxicating series of love songs, all sung in Arabic but with lyrical snippets printed in English. - Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Natacha Atlas' third album greatly expands upon the promise of her earlier work -- on Gedida, her fusion of Arabic musical traditions and contemporary dance beats really jells, eliminating the more gimmicky dimensions of earlier records to strike a fascinating balance between old and new. While tracks like "Kifaya" and "Ezzay" magnify the cinematic aspirations of past efforts, Gedida also takes a number of fascinating left turns -- a cover of Françoise Hardy's "Mon Amie la Rose" is hauntingly beautiful, while on the closing "One Brief Moment" Atlas delivers her first English-language vocal. - Raymond McKinney, All Music Guide

All of her solo albums have been impressive, but this one is her best so far. As always, she's helped out in the beats department by her colleagues in Transglobal Underground, and as always their stylistic promiscuity stands her in good stead: her original songs, sung in Arabic as usual, are an entrancing fusion of snaky, modal melodies and gutbucket funk grooves -- "Ashwa," "Mish Fadilak," and her adaptation of Zebda's "Soleil D'Egypte" are all every bit as rhythmically irresistible as they are seductively lovely. And the cover versions are, if anything, even better; she turns the torching Jacques Brel classic "Ne Me Quitte Pas" into a slinky dancefloor come-on, and delivers the best version of "I Put a Spell on You" since the death of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Is there anything she can't do? - Rick Anderson, All Music Guide

Natacha Atlas' Something Dangerous is a bit slicker than her last, lightening up the beats and sexy intensity of Ayeshteni for more radio-friendly pop electronics, occasional vocal harmonies reminiscent of Destiny's Child, and lots of guests. The collaboration with Sinéad O'Connor, "Simple Heart," is a high point, and the album really hits its stride in the songs that follow, with especially good interaction between Atlas and Niara Scarlett on "Who's My Baby," before mellowing out into closing ambient cuts. - Joslyn Layne, All Music Guide
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD!, 30 Aug 2013
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Really like this CD. Natacha Atlas has an amazing voice. I haven't listened to all 5 CD's yet but have been impressed by what I have heard. Also-very reasonable price for 5 CD'S..
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