This album contains some of the most beautiful,melodic and moving singing I have ever heard.Gurrumuls voice is like nothing I have ever heard before,I wish that more people were aware of it.It is impossible to know which category it fits as there is nothing to compare it with.
Very rarely you hear a piece of music and know immediately that it is one of the most sumptuously beautiful pieces of music you have ever heard but this is one of those rare occassions. The music is simple but washes over you , it is so pure and clean , an absolute delight.
I decided to buy this after hearing Gurrumul sing on Gary barlow's Jubilee song,Sing. I find it absolutely beautiful. The album is sung entirely in the Australian language with no English and is all about ancestry,country and the earth and its elements and how the Australian Aboriginal people regard those things. There is an excellent booklet included with the album which translates the tracks into English but I found, that when listening, I did not need to know the words but am just content to drift on the beauty of Gurrumul's voice.
My sister in law loaned us his first CD when we visited Australia in 2010. It became a haunting accompaniment for our long drive up the East coast from Melbourne to Brisbane. I reluctantly returned the CD, but soon bought my own copy. It was a clear "no-brainer" that I would also buy his follow up CD. We have not been disappointed. He is a blind aboriginal singer with a truly remarkable talent. All tracks are sung in Gurrumul's native aboriginal dialect, but an accompanying booklet provides an English translation. Another hauntingly beautiful album that can be played over and over and over again.
I bought both CD's after seeing Gurrumul in the Gary Barlow documentary. His music really focussed me and made me sit up and listen yet relax at the same time. Better listened to in his native tongue than following the English translations on the cover. Although these were helpful in giving insight into the content of the songs I felt I could emotionally engage with the track better without the English translation. Loved it.
Gurrumul has once again proved with this album that he is the best artist to come out of Australia for a long ,long time. I highly recommend this album and hope he continues to please everyone as much as he did me when they hear it .
I only heard of this man today and immediately felt the passion and total clarity in his voice. The only other person who has affected me in this way was when I first heard Eva Cassidy. I cannot wait to hear more of his music.