A Wonderfully Beautiful Album
lornminorlas | Oakland, CA United States | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd by the Bay Area group Kitka is a beautiful and exotic mix of vocal traditions from Eastern Europe. The soothing harmonies and exciting disonances make this a thoughoughly enjoyable disc, recommended for relaxation, relief from tension or just the experience of listening. (Be warned, results may vary)."
Great performance, probatic recording
Brian Bulkowski | Berkeley, CA United States | 10/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an OK album. The people who I know who have it find it nowhere near as exciting as Kitka's live performances. While not recorded obviously badly, it lacks a certain brilliance and edge which is an essential part of this style of music. I happened to run into the guy who did the recording, and he told me that during the live recording, they forgot to turn off a ventilation fan, and had to filter the sound afterwards. The only song recorded in a different session is the one with clarinet, which does have that brilliant "get up and jump" feeling of Kitka. The excellence of Kitka's technique comes through in this recording, but the spirit's lacking. Buy a different Kitka album."