This may not be her very best album; however that doesn't mean it's not glorious. Marta Sebestyen remains one of the world's most wonderful voices. Ghost-like, she steals up and takes you over. This time she's moved away from traditional Hungarian pieces (she's from Hungary, in case you were wondering) to sing material she loves from around the globe. So you get "Leaving Derry Quay/Eleni," a marriage of Irish and Greek, Indian lullabies, music of the Balkans, and beyond. It's all beautiful, a voice like gauze sliding over the music. This mix and match of cultures makes it a perfect American album. After all, this is the melting pot, the place of refuge for us huddled masses, where all are supposedly equal. The albums she made with Muzikas were transcendental. Now she's on her own, spreading her wings and finding she can fly. It won't be long before she can truly soar. After all, she's already crossing continents. --Chris Nickson
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"Violins tickle up and down, zithers, guitars and every conceivable drum move around scale patterns like a confused songbook, but none of them can out do the soft flexing voice of Marta. Like a resourceful mother patching a pair of pants, she can take a piece of the Balkans and make it work with a Hindi lullaby or an Irish lament. Perhaps this is because of the duet with mix-and-match experts Deep Forest, but KISMET makes sure we forget that, the songs are far to beautiful to be cluttered by technecalities."