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Beyond Skin [Import]

Nitin SawhneyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Outcaste UK
  • ASIN: B000025A98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Broken Skin
2. Letting Go
3. Homelands
4. The Pilgrim
5. Tides
6. Nadia
7. Immigrant
8. Serpents
9. Anthem Without Nation
10. Nostalgia
11. The Conference
12. Beyond Skin

Editorial Reviews

Indie/dance. This is Nitin Sawhney's Third and Finest Musical Achievement to Date. A 2001 UK Mercury Music Prize Nominated CD.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing blend of old and new -- India meets UK December 16, 1999
By RW
Format:Audio CD
I didn't know quite what to expect when my friend, a promoter in Europe, gave me Nitin's CD this summer. As a lover of Moby, Massive Attack, and Kruder & Dorfmeister, this CD is truly one of my most exciting additions this year.
This album blends the rich and exotic sounds of India with the beats of UK Underground. Beyond Skin taps into hip-hop, ethnic, drum and base, r&b/jazz, and the songs are accompanied by a variety of different male and female vocals.
A contemporary medley beautifully put together with good lyrics. You wont regret buying this one.
- Enjoy
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, something worth listening to... August 30, 2004
By fuzz
Format:Audio CD
I first bought Nitin Sawhney's "Prophesy" album and felt it was OK (3 stars), but held off on buying anymore of Nitin's albums. What a mistake! I should have started with this one (Beyond Skin). Honestly, I can say that there is not a single song I don't like on this CD (thus, the 5 star rating). He blends Indian instruments and voices so well with all types of dance beats and base lines that it doesn't even sound like fusion, but just a new type of music. While I like all of the songs, the ones that stand out are "Letting Go", "Homelands", "Tides", "Nadia" (which Jeff Beck also did a version of on the slide guitar on his album), "Serpents", "Nostalgia", "Beyond Skin" (haunting guitar plus vocal part at the end). See, now that's alot of good songs on one album. The rest are also good, but, they take some time to grow on you. They also fit well with the theme of the album which seems to be something about Nitin discovering his identity (English vs. Indian). I'm kind of glad I heard it 5 years after it was released because pop music is just really bad right now and I needed something to remind me how good music can be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sawhney gets a little more commercial with this one October 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nitin Sawhney- Beyond Skin (Outcaste) Caste9cd I have been waiting for quite some time for this release. Sawhney, like Talvin Singh, is one of a handful of musicians of English Asian backgrounds which spring to mind, who successfully manage to cross eastern and western musical cultures, and make them sound interesting. Sawhney is somewhat more melodic to my ears though, which is not to lessen the value of someone like Talvin Singh, who seems to have an infinite supply of energy and ideas pouring out of him, and last year released the more than excellent OK. Like Singh, Sawhney is coming to terms with the fact that he is caught between a rock and a hard place. Born in the UK, but with an Indian heritage, this is Sawhney facing his own demons and pasts, realizing that before you change the world, you really need to change yourself. Thus Beyond Skin is a stunning combination of flamenco, Indian vocals, qawwali, soul, at times drums n' bass / rap spoken words and jazz. The vocalists are first rate, contributions by Sanchita Faruque, as well as Tina Grace, Jayanta Bose. Percussionist Steve Shehan turns up on a number of tracks as well. Ronu Majamba supplies some of the nicest flute playing heard in ages. Sawhney's work is first rate, the rhythms and gentle melodies are more than happening, Sawhney again displaying his talents on various instruments. Unlike Sawhney's previous three releases, this is 'in feel' somewhat more of a commercial affair. It's all so smooth and free flowing, the way a Sade album might be. Hell, even my wife likes it, and she normally has opposing tastes in music. But let's not nit pick. When push comes to shove the album is an emotionally charged tour de force, and possibly his finest moment to date. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did my life change? February 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first thing I notice about this album here is that it recommends Talvin Singh alongside. When I first bought 'Beyond Skin' I had a long-running argument with my best friend about the merits of both. In the end it comes down to the fact that Nitin Sawhney's work is honest. It has no complex, arty message (also it doesn't contain 'Vampire Vikram') or pretensions of being groundbreaking. Sawhney is an incredibly gifted composer who has surrounded himself with incredibly gifted musicians and singers.
Ultimately all you have to do is read the interview with Singh where he professes that his money and ex-Miss World g/f were all due him. Sawhney has no such delusions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Not often in life are we fortunate enough to be moved by music, I mean everyone can say that something is good and someone is talented but Beyond Skin is moving, its now 2003 and I have had it for years but still to this day I find this the most useful piece of shiny plastic ever made, it will make you see things through different eyes. This sounds really dramatic I know, but until youve sat on your own listening to track 3 thru headphones staring out on your favourite view then dont criticise. Spellbinding stuff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Nitan Sawhney March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A very fine meticulous melodic offering, aural spring water for thirsty ears. For me it has all sorts of echoes, all good; of portishead, gypsy kings (really, track 3 could be played in a Mexican resteraunt without the clientelle blinking); massive attack; Roger Waters (for the samples, as well as the subject matter); afro celt sound system; catetonia (for some of the female vocals). And they are only the echoes - I cannot begin to describe the primary sound. Sufficiently good to motivate me to travel three hours to hear him live, less than four days after first playing the CD ... somewhat motivational.
Very refreshing to hear what I presume to be a Hindi influence; bar one (mostly unplayed) Ravi Shanker CD, this is probably my first encounter with music having a distinct Asian influence, and I'm very keen for more.
As fusion, clearly it works for me. As head fodder, it also works: Mr. S is caught between the loss of the culture of the India of his parents generation and the lack of acceptance and sometimes hostility of sections of anglo-saxon culture. If its any consolation, he'd always be welcome to drop around to my house for a cup of tea.
If I were you, I'd take the risk and buy the CD without any further hesitation. You can always flame me if disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I heard a song by Nitin Sawhney on the satellite radio station - the song was so lovely that I scrambled to find out who the artist was. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
I see why Jeff Beck wanted to record Nadia when he heard it.
Too bad it is no longer in distribution.
Published 17 months ago by Stephen Thordarson
5.0 out of 5 stars correction to the correction
Sorry, nothing about Broken Skin, but the Jeff Beck's version of Nadia DOES use a slide for those effects (I've seen it live and it's on Youtube) and not just bends and whammy bar.
Published on February 7, 2007 by J. Cota
5.0 out of 5 stars Correction to the note about Jeff Beck, immediately below
Just to set the record straight...Beck's not playing "Nadia" with a slide... he's actually playing all those melodies and bends with the whammy bar. Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by revroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
Pure brilliance! Never thought this would ever work for me, but then a boyfriend played it to me. It's perfect for intimacy and sets a really mellow mood, but at the same time has... Read more
Published on June 22, 2004 by "bishbosh_19902"
5.0 out of 5 stars best asian underground album !!
simply phenomenal. everyone should have this album. it's not pop ;) but it has mass appeal. every single track is worthy of praise, and one can listen to 'beyond skin' endlessly... Read more
Published on September 10, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars deep, gorgeous
this is beautiful music and probably my favorite album of all time
Published on September 5, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Skin by Nitin Sawhney
This amazing CD is a concept album. It is an experience album. You will want to sit and listen to it from start to finish time after time. Read more
Published on December 30, 2002 by DeWitt Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is, in one word, "perfect".
Published on October 30, 2002 by Rusty W. Gygax
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully reflective...
Almost impossible to classify, Nitin Sawhney's "Beyond Skin" is a bold, deeply personal musical statement. Sounds boring?... Read more
Published on February 3, 2002 by nicjaytee
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