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This review is from: The Hour Of Two Lights (Audio CD)
This is a beautiful, sophisticated and intelligent collaboration. Terry Hall's trademark understated style blends effortlessly with the talents of Mushtaq, and those of musicians who would probably be classified under the 'World Music' genre, which of course does not do justice to the wealth of talent and diversity of music that exists outside the mainstream west or within this album.
It has an undeniably Middle Eastern, North African and eastern European flavour, and yet it is totally contemporary in every way. It is without doubt one of the most successful crossover albums I've heard. Its sophistication remains uncontrived and the fusion of styles doesn't compromise the integrity of the diverse artists or styles of music involved.
It's quite simply a wonderful collaboration that should have received more publicity when it was released, and in the ongoing political climate, its subtle and humane message remains as poignant as ever.
The album art is as clever and understated as the production (a reminder of the inherent injustice at the heart of western foreign policy and the so-called 'war on terror') and the use of Arabic text in the lyrics section reflects the integrity and multicultural nature of this quite exceptional album.