5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
triumph of hype over substance, or maybe the emperors new clothes,
This review is from: Gurrumul (Audio CD)
i know that this is an unpopular viewpoint, but in all honesty, to my ears, this is dull, dull, dull. every song sounds like a simple 20 second refrain, that is repeated for 5 minutes or so, never growing, developing or gaining my interest. to make it worse, each track sounds exactly like the last. i have to admit that i have only played this album once, and i stand to be corrected, but life really is too short. some of my favourite cds, i hated on first listening, but they at least caught my attention and made me want to listen again. this almost sent me to sleep on the motorway.
the man undoubtedly has a beautiful voice and a pretty, uncomplicated guitar style, (and i know that he has had to overcome real adversity, growing up blind in one of the most deprived societies on earth) and i am sure that hearing a single track on the radio, it would sound lovely, but a whole hour of the same thing is just excruciatingly tedious.
If you think that this music is lovely, i urge you to listen to Ayub Ogada's "En Mana Kuoyo" or "Songhai" by Ketama, Toumani Diabati & Danny Thompson. There really is so much better than this available to be discovered & heard