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Music Rough Guides: Off the Beaten Track
Various Artists
Music Rough Guides: Off the Beaten Track
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Off The Beaten Track is a stunning selection of music from the critically acclaimed Rough Guide series, which presents introductions to the music of any given area or musical style. Exploring music from the more diverse an...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Music Rough Guides: Off the Beaten Track
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: World Music Network
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 3/17/2006
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 605633090420

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Off The Beaten Track is a stunning selection of music from the critically acclaimed Rough Guide series, which presents introductions to the music of any given area or musical style. Exploring music from the more diverse and far-flung destinations covered by the Rough Guide series, this album is a snapshot of some of the remarkable music that can be found off the beaten track.

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A Nice Introduction to Rough Guide's Collection
Tesseract | Houston, TX United States | 10/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Off the Beaten Track is an eclectic collection of songs from around the world that celebrates the diversity of world music perhaps more than any other album Rough Guide has published. In compiling the album, Rough Guide compiler and World Music Network co-founder Phil Stanton took the opportunity to sample a variety of locations and styles rather than focus one one geographic area or musical genre as Rough Guide albums usually do. Off the Beaten Track takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of the world, hitting so many different countries and styles your head will spin. It's a musical carnival that includes traditional Sudanese vocals by "the Norah Jones of North Africa," the infectious R&B-style beats typical of modern Kenyan pop, gypsy swing in the style of Django Reinhardt, the light-hearted island grooves of Madagascar, electronica-rap from Tajikistan, a French cafe singer backed by slide guitar, the chamame musical style of Argentina, Mongolian folk music, and more. While it may seem a hodgepodge of nations and musical styles at first, the geographical progression of tracks around the world presents a sort of musical evolution that helps the listener hear and comprehend the connections in the roots of music styles around the world. Although not every track will appeal to everyone, its very diversity means there's something here that nearly everyone can enjoy. I personally like nearly all of them. I think one of my favorite things about this album is that listening to it, you realize that when people are singing, language barriers don't matter anymore. The language of music is truly universal. Off the Beaten Track is definitely worth checking out for the price.

Standout tracks include "Ene Negn Bay Manesh," "Preiere," "Rhythmes Gitans," and "Canto a Nande Reta.""
The U.S. main stream media mesmerizes us that the only music
Michael Cook | 06/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The rest of the world is out there and has been making music that connects to the human soul far deeper than the top of the pop that record company shills insist that you consume. Listen to the world.

Michael Cook
Santa Barbara"