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Travelled but not quite arrived ....
on 21 December 2011
I have to admit I came to this from my interest in flamenco and its roots rather than from any interest in Indian music and the sitar in particular. The concept behind the album is sound for, as this album demonstrates, there is a remarkable amount of cross-over in the two styles. For me, flamenco music is a marvellous mix of different cultures and traditions that came together and synthesised in the south of Spain and there is a very clear north African and eastern influence among them. This album shows this influence well especially on the tracks where the sitar and the flamenco guitar are juxtaposed with each other. I have to say though that here, at least, the guitar comes across as the more subtly expressive of the two instruments - but then I am probably biased! The album is an interesting concept but, for me, does not work entirely as the sitar, although played brilliantly, doesn't have a voice really suited to flamenco. That said, I have no regrets about buying this album. Since purchasing it I have seen Anoushka Shankar on her 'Traveller' tour where less was made of the flamenco aspect of the album and the focus was very much on the sitar. It probably worked better like that but, despite everything I have said, I decided I prefered the album.