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Moffou
Moffou
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.40

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed and melodic, 22 April 2002
This review is from: Moffou (Audio CD)
This is the work of a confident artist, surrounded by musicians of quality. Keita's voice seems to have softened with age and the songs are mostly acoustic based with some fine backing singing although some pacier tracks have a good rythym section. Authentic in feel the album benefits from modern production without losing its African roots. At times it bares comparison with the fine 'Talking Timbuktu' by Ali Farke Toure/Ry Cooder, and it also resembles the recent Baaba Maal 'Missin You'. Although it lacks real stand out tracks this feels like an album which will be a good companion for many years.


Shout At The Devil
Shout At The Devil
Price: £11.75

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired, 27 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Shout At The Devil (Audio CD)
Perhaps I should have picked another place to start my Jah Wobble collection. This is an album without any spark to really engage a new listener. The songs are usually one-paced and built around the expected bass lines and a series of arabic influenced sounds or voices. Although many start promisingly few develop and tracks wander on without ever intriguing or surprising. The whole is not unpleasant but seems to need more inspiration. Compared with artists such as Cheb Mami or Natacha Atlas this seems lifeless. Sorry!


England,Half English
England,Half English
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.77

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plus ca change...., 11 Mar. 2002
This review is from: England,Half English (Audio CD)
Bragg has pieced together a vigorous mix of the personal and political as always. He continues to wear his heart on his sleeve and the lyrics jab at English Nationalism and celebrate our eclectic mix-the music too has a greater range of influences and he mainly uses The Blokes to good effect. As the reviewer above mentions a couple of tracks feel thin and are easily skipped but largely it hangs together well. Most similar in style to 'Don't Try This at Home' amongst his previous output although nothing here quite matches the lump-in-the-throat of 'Moving the Goalposts' or vigour of 'Sexuality' this is still an album to make you think, grin and tap your feet.


Ten New Songs
Ten New Songs
Price: £3.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and soulful -a classic, 14 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Ten New Songs (Audio CD)
Leonard Cohen had always intrigued but this is the first album I have loved, it should indeed open up a whole new audience for him. The tracks are deceptively simple, layered beatbox rythym, Cohens gravel and the shimmering voice of Sharon Robinson with sparse instrumentation. Lyrics are wry and occasionally witty. The whole album has a consistent mood not unlike some of the more laidback Van Morrison. One to try even if you are not a current fan.


The Gunman And Other Stories
The Gunman And Other Stories
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted and no little wit, 6 Sept. 2001
In the world of disposable pop and hype over talent this smooth, slick and utterly professional album comes as some relief. Paddy Macaloons voice remains wonderfully intact and his quirky take on life (and sense of humour) are all present and correct. It does not break any new ground and I suspect it will never get onto your all-time top ten list but I have a feeling that you'll find this again in a year or two and play it with a smile.


Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun

5 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation?, 11 Oct. 2000
Intrigued by press articles and reviews, and with eclectic international tastes I sat through this entire album waiting patiently for it to spark into life to be totally disappointed. OK, things improve a little in places but each track unfolds on essentially predictable lines, atmospheric beginning giving way to tremulous vocals and plodding rhythms before a woolly and entirely unconvincing climax. I may not know what he is singing about-the fact is I never cared. Devoid of emotion-neither truly gloomy or uplifting, without musical excitement i was left like Iceland. Cold


The Secret Language of Birds
The Secret Language of Birds
Offered by barneys_cds
Price: £28.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still delivering the goods, 27 May 2000
despite being a fan it has to be said I approached this solo album with a little trepidation, after all at this stage of many careers it is a little hard to imagine the motivation. Delightfully the album is a largely successful mixture of fine melodies and some good playing. Occasional lyrics are a little dubious (see any of the last 3 Tull albums for the same) but the songs are mostly free of cringe. On a few tracks the addition of drums and some excellent orchestration lifts them to amongst the best efforts of the last few years by Ian Anderson, with or without the rest of the band. I look forward to the next solo effort more postively than before!


Kulanjan
Kulanjan
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £15.95

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly patchy exploration of the roots of the blues, 15 Feb. 2000
This review is from: Kulanjan (Audio CD)
This CD is the result of a musical meeting between the blues of Taj Mahal and a Malian traditional Kora player, Diabate.In the somewhat breathless insert it describes this as being a revelation to Taj Mahal of the real West African origins of blues music. At times the two do make great music, rhythyms and voices combining in synergy on the more traditional African tracks particularly well. The more 'blues' based tracks seem less convincing and Toumani's musicianship feels tacked on rather than fully integrated. Try the more traditional recordings of instrumental Kora music if this intrigues, especially 'New Ancient Strings' with Ballake Sissoko
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Black Rock
Black Rock
Offered by Real World
Price: £3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Armenian folk meets Canadian ambient, and survives., 15 Feb. 2000
This review is from: Black Rock (Audio CD)
Gasparyan is an exponent (perhaps the only one?) of the Armenian duduk, a melancholic and haunting oboe like instrument. He interprets traditional songs with Michael Brook, a canadian ambient musician best known for his brilliant collaborations with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on RealWorld (Night Song, Musst Musst). When the pace quickens the distinctive sound of Gasparyan is beautifully embellished and delivers memorable moments. The album is slightly less successful when Gasparyan add his voice and in its slower and less structured moments. Still it is an intriguing listen and has all the quality expected of RealWorld recordings
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Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
Price: £7.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and captivating recording, 15 Feb. 2000
Traditional bulgarian choral music may sound like a minority interest but this is a cd which deserves an enormous audience. The sheer force of these relatively untutored voices, often singing acapella, is quite a hair-raising experience. The songs have touches of eastern european and arabic influences in a fascinating mix. This is mysterious and intriguing musica low-tec recording that still conveys powerful emotion
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