Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
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Another correction of the below
RDS | Toronto, Canada | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The previous reviewer (grantc from australia) was in error when he said that this release does not include two tracks with contributions by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance. He is most likely referring to another edition of this album, where there were problems attaining the rights to their appearances. Similar permission problems involved the contributions of David Sylvian. Rest assured that this edition does indeed contain the tracks "Black Stream" and "Youth", featuring Dead Can Dance.
Zazou's strength and versatility as a composer and director are unmistakable on this release. Sahara Blue is an excellent album well worth exploring. See especially the breathtaking contributions by Sussan Deyhim in two incredible tracks."
Unlike anything else
J. W. Reitsma | Haarlem, the Netherlands | 08/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forget the fact that there's an all-star cast on this, as on many other Zazou albums. And don't let the first track deceive you either, great though it is. Sure, starting an album with a Gerard Depardieu poetry-reading vocal over a disco rhythm with a pumping Bill Laswell baseline gets thing off on a flying start, but the rest of the album is much more quietly, electronically atmospheric, with some great French and English vocals from John Cale and Barbara Gogan especially. "Sahara Blue" is a collection of songs set to lyrics (some sung in the original French, some in English translation) by "poete maudit" Arthur Rimbaud. The album has an internationally oriented, ambient atmosphere with a bite that defies description. It may have something to do with the fact that Frenchman Zazou, who was born and raised in Algeria but was forced to move to France, appears to be uprooted and permanently caught between at least two worlds. He has been trying to unite the best of both worlds musically. "Sahara Blue" is a musical trip (in both senses), a mind-blowing experience that will leave you hungry for more. In that case, explore "Songs from the Cold Seas" with a similar all-star cast from around the North Pole Circle, "Lights in the Dark", Zazou's Irish record, or the hard-to-find "Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses" on Philips, with the most amazing vocals of all, weird and age-old-sounding vocals from Corsica, to which he provides an outspoken yet fitting accompaniment."
Uneven but wonderful
Bob Bobman | California, US | 09/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The concept for the album is pretentious and the list of guest musicians reads like a "who's who of art rock" and it's this combination that makes it work so well. Of course, Zazou's eccentric noodlings and dabblings help to add a sense of mystery to the whole thing.
There are a few tracks here that I habitually ignore. The opening track is very dated. Not bad, really, it just doesn't stand up to the test of time very well. As far as opening tracks go, this one does its job but suffers from a drumbeat that belongs in a C&C Music Factory song. "Hunger," too is a little too cliched for my taste. When you think "poetry set to music" and assume the worst, this track is probably what comes to mind. Besides these two frankly embarrassing tracks, though, everything else ranges from "very decent" to "intoxicatingly beautiful." The title track is a little "Twin Peaks-y" but that speaks more to the cultural phenomenon of Twin Peaks than it does to anything on the album.
It's refreshing, too, that this project doesn't get too bogged down in the pretentiousness and art rock trappings that it could have easily have been literally soaking with. There's a definite seriousness to the music but only in that it's clear that the people behind it actually cared. Zazou is not shy about being an experimental artist but he's also not self-conscious about it so it all flows in wonderfully - and subtlely - odd directions that have kept me coming back for more for 12 years."