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To call Peter Gabriel's Passion a pivotal recording in the development of the world music genre would be a significant understatement. What makes Passion so undeniably huge is, of course, its global reach but also its expert handling of what could've easily become polyglot babble. Vocalists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Mal bring strong Middle Eastern and African voicing to the project, and Balkan textures come via the ney flute and doudouk. But Gabriel is the glue, offering electronic ambient flows between the multiple streams. Gabriel also brings something even less tangible: an awesome visual imagination that takes often seamless sounds and makes them impress the listener with picturelike colors and phrasing. This is, however, far more than an ambient global mix. To be certain, the intertwined rhythms stand out but always do so both unto themselves and as brushstrokes on a larger canvas. Never mind that Passion helped launch North American careers for N'Dour and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this is a stellar musical achievement by any standard. --Andrew Bartlett
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Adam S. Lux | 03/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite simply one of the best soundtracks ever. A masterpiece of sound. A desert island must have.
For those of you looking for Peter Gabriel pop music, you may want to listen to the samples first because this is very different from his mainstream work. (Though I love his mainstream stuff as well) If you are a fan of such groups as Dead Can Dance, Tangerine Dream, Enigma, or Delerium this will blow you away. It is a masterful blend of middle eastern instrumentation and western rhythm. I envy you if you are going to experience this album for the first time. Though, as the years go by, I continue to enjoy this album more than ever. Even after 20 years, I still find new nuances that I had missed each time I listen to it. It is a powerful construction of sound that is deeply, deeply moving. I highly suggest a candlelit room and a bottle of you favorite wine for your complete enjoyment of this entrancing piece."
Attention!!! Amazon Marketplace Sellers!: The Remastered 200
N. Dauwalder | 09/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not really reviewing the content of the album itself, but to hopefully to advise those who wish to sell this on Amazon Marketplace to make sure that what they are offering is the true 2002 remastered version. As you can see, the remastered version goes for over $20 used. What I have been sent both times is the, much cheaper, UNremastered original. The remastered version should have a copyright date of 2002. If your cd says 1989 or has rainbow stripes on the spine, you have the (ASIN: B000000OR5) 1989 version. Please, post it there!