Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
The group name, album title, and cover art are all suggestive of music with a freewheeling polycultural feel, and an exotic, unapologetically rhythmic foundation. What Future Tribe ultimately delivers, though, is a pleasan... more »
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The group name, album title, and cover art are all suggestive of music with a freewheeling polycultural feel, and an exotic, unapologetically rhythmic foundation. What Future Tribe ultimately delivers, though, is a pleasant, unspectacular, gently grooving smooth-jazz record. Yulara is the collective name shared by Berlin natives Robert Matt (keyboards) and Annie Hilsberg (saxophones, flutes), and this project, their third disc, is characterized by polite rhythms, modest yet likeable melodies, and an unerringly sweet disposition. Anyone who expresses a preference for Yulara label mate 3rd Force should find something to like here, though occasionally the duo tilts so far to the light-and-cheery side of the spectrum (particularly during Hilsberg's airy flute passages) that the disc takes on the feel of a puff ball on a stem--nice to admire, but not terribly substantial. French vocalist Angelique Kidjo makes a brief appearance on the title track, and guitarist Brian Hughes contributes to three selections. The disc's more thoughtful moments appear over the last five tracks, and the nearly nine-minute reprise of the opening track, "Om Namah Shivaya," provides an attractive mental journey, particularly when Matt stretches out on piano. Overall, nice background music. --Terry Wood
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Try again Yulara !
Stan Majcherkiewicz | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 10/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"4 stars only. Future Tribe is a nice CD but I am not too trilled. There are several good tunes but this CD, in general, is a bit of disappointment from Yulara. Too many "repeats". I was expecting something fresher and newer considering that their last CD is back from 1998. I like Yulara very much and wish them the very best ! Will wait for the Big Fourth (CD) !"
The best of their three albums so far!
Cavin Mower | Kirkland | 04/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had purchased the other 2 earlier CD's, and avoided this one mainly because of the earlier rating of this CD. I purchased it later, anyways, and found it to be the most profound of the 3 so far. I love the different textures, and melodies - somewhat hypnotic; although not every song was as riveting as the one before it however suffice to say, this one warrants a definite listen to! If you liked either of the others, you must have this one in your collection. Meanwhile, I eagerly anticipate any live events in the States - lightening does strike twice!"