Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Classical Indian music is uniquely well suited to mergers with modern dance beats thanks to its essential trance rhythms and discursive compositions. But it takes a good ear and lots of panache to do it right. The brain... more »
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Classical Indian music is uniquely well suited to mergers with modern dance beats thanks to its essential trance rhythms and discursive compositions. But it takes a good ear and lots of panache to do it right. The brainchild of keyboard wizard Victor Ruiz, Atman makes the best of traditional Indian chants and ambience, yoking Ratnabali Adhikari's beautiful, bubbly voice to ambient electronic backing tracks. Befitting the mixed-up subject matter, the songs unfold with a dollop of humor. "I Am" posits warbling female vocables against a wah-wah guitar, synthetic strings, and the spoken English-language hook, "Stop fooling around, transcendental meditation." Kickoff cut "All Is One" works an Australian didgeridoo into the mix more seamlessly than you'd ever imagine. Eternal Dance has softer contours than recent Indian fusion projects like Joi's We Are Three or Brit discs courting bhangra culture. With its heady, sandlewood-scented cloud of ethnic-music samples, wafting keyboards, and trippy beats, it's more like Deep Forest on the subcontinent. --Bob Tarte.
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Balkiss M. Turnier | petion ville, port au prince Haiti | 09/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Cd will earn a permanent spot on your multi CD player, as it has done so with me. I bought this cd 3 years ago, i walked in an ethnic store in miami, it was playing and i immediately was captivatied by it. And everytime i play it, it's like the first time. The songs are phenomenal; rarely does one get all great songs on one cd! The blend of indian singing and dance beat will put you in a trance, beyond your imagination. I feel as if im experiencing an awakening of my spirit when i play this cd, leaving me refreshed and energized. When i entertain and play this cd, someone always ask me what cd is playing, always. It will captivate you aswell, buy it now. and experience what im talking about."
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johnd56 | Sacramento, CA United States | 12/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To review the music in Atman would be pointless. It is a mesmerizing mesh of contemporary dance beats and classic Indian chant and mantra. I am in no way qualified to speak on the subject of Indian music or spirituality, but I can say this. I relished every minute of this CD. Since I first heard it, I've probably listened to it well over twenty five times. The only way to describe the experience is metaphor. It's like the feeling you get five minutes into an amazing movie. You know you are in for something special, something you've never seen before. The mix of spirituality and modernism is perfect. It leaves you feeling haunted. Perhaps the lyrics are given added meaning by the fact that they are mostly in Hindi, and indecipherable to this listener. But whatever it was, this cd was a magical listen, and I can't stop playing it over and over."