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Middle Eastern delights from a delicious chanteuse....
on 4 May 2001
This, like many of Natacha Atlas' CDs, is NOT instantly accessible music to those seeking neatly parcelled recognisable tunes, so with an initial look-in it may appear a tad indistinguishable; beyond the "World"-tag novelty factor. BUT...on closer inspection it yields such sweeping riches as Soleil D'Egypte (with a cinematic Lawrence-Of-Arabia orchestral motif threading under Natacha's lusciously intoned French) & Rah (languidly sensuous belly-dancing tempo in more traditional vein) - bear in mind that many venerated singers in the Middle East will make circular songs like these last FOR AGES (longer than the obligatory 3 minutes), and so it's hypnotically swooping & sliding, percussive complexities are meant to be slowly savoured, not easily digested like a takeaway. It's true, stretching from Nicosia to Cairo, there always seems to be music similar to this creating an exotically arabesque, partially unnoticed, backdrop. But it is undoubtedly Natacha's effortlessly assured placing of her tasty vocal, and the cross-cultural aspects, which lifts this above the outlandish hubbub of take-or-leave bazaar music. Quite lovely! Keep it going Natacha....*smiles appreciatively*!