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Broken English

Karsh Kale, Karsh KaleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B000EF5MYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Born in London, raised in New York City, and of Indian descent, Karsh Kale's life has always been a mix of cultures, so it should come as no surprise that his music reflects that. His debut, Realize, quickly proved that he could mix it up gracefully and organically with the best of them. Here, on his third proper studio album (there've also been countless remixes, collections and collective projects), Kale's self-proclaimed brand of "rocktronic-organica" brings together such guests as Ekova's Dierdre, Midival Punditz, Crystal Method, and rapper MC Napolean. Whereas electronica and hip-hop are commonly integrated into Indian music (or vice versa), Kale also offers up intriguing touches of indie rock on "Dancing At Sunset" and the ballad "City Lights"--the latter isn't as compelling as the former, but Kale still gets points for originality. Other highlights include the dreamy "Drive" and the hard-driving electronica of "Hole In The Sky." Truly music with a modern multi-culti reach, nothing on Broken English is lost in translation. --Tad Hendrickson

Product Description

On Broken English, London born and New York raised Karsh Kale balances his Indian heritage with rock 'n' roll, hip hop and atmospheric pop for his most diverse release to date. On this, his third studio release, Kale works with a talented cast of collaborators including MC Napoleon and vocalists Trixie Reiss (The Crystal Method), film composer Salim Merchant (one half of the "it" Bollywood composer team, Salim-Sulaiman) and Dierdre (Ekova). Six Degrees. 2006.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It depends on what you seek..... August 6, 2006
By Sipapu9
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I own all three of KK's solo CDs, and i recommend his work and ideas highly. If you are new to KK's work, i recommend him greatly as an artist. Whether or not you will like this CD depends on what you are looking for in a disc.

This CD veers heavily both in terms of production and in style towards being "club-heavy". If you like music to blast to 10 in your car or are trying to pump up a party, i think you'll largely enjoy this disc.

However, if you like the earlier discs because of their ability to cross genres and create/fuse ideas that meld and create exotic soundscapes and create transcendent music, i think that if you are new to KK's work, i'd recommend Liberation first and Realize second, before i'd recommend this.

For me, many of the songs on this disc lack the subtlety and nuance that you'll find particularly present on Liberation. There's not alot of depth to the vocal ideas here compared to the other discs. Liberation is very "lush" and it grew alot on me over time. Realize does a great job of straddling the line between more "pop" sounds and some great classical Indian influences and has some truly brilliant moments on it. I don't sense many truly memorable moments on this disc, it doesn't "grab me" like his earlier work has. That MAY be because the music is more oriented towards the club-goer and i am more likely to put on a KK disc while having a glass of wine with friends.

I take away one star because i find the production on this CD renders the music a bit flat. I take away a second star, because KK is an amazing talent, a talent worthy of more lofty goals (imho) than getting club-goers out there onto the dance floor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull March 28, 2006
By Malini
Format:Audio CD
Beautifull is exactly what it claims. The rest of the record is the same. Besides one song, I just melted to the soundscapes on this record. The voices will stop you in your tracks and Kale's music and production is simply dazzling. I have his other records and love them. Whatever you do, you must get a copy of this album. MUST HAVE!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movin forward! April 19, 2006
By b}{zrd
Format:Audio CD
Another great album from karsh kale! Unlike other ethno techno artists, this album has new fusion beats that sound nothing like his older albums. I would recommend this album to all old fans or those who want to explore ethnic old-school beats fused with new age cuts. tracks 2,3,5,12,4 stand out, but the rest are just as great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me March 22, 2006
By musica
Format:Audio CD
I have loved Karsh's previous releases, but I did not enjoy Broken English as much as I expected to. Karsh has always had a unique style and although it is great that he experimented and changed his style since every artist should, I felt like something was lost in the translation. It is original and he achieves a multi cultural sound by blending hip hop, rock, electronica, and asian influences, but overall, I found the album to be flat. There are a few good tracks, but as hard as I tried, I just couldn't get into it and found myself bored. This album sounds too "pop" and commercial for me, but aside from that, it just didn't hold my intrest. I think a lot of people will like this album, but I have a feeling that many people, like me, will be left unsatisfied and move on to a different CD to listen to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Your Head Off May 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Expansive, exuberant, explosive--this album works a lot of genres together into a joyous, hallucinatory noise. "Free Fall" will take your head off as it explodes into space. One big "wow"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Direction April 17, 2006
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I must say that I grew quite fond of Kale's original style of eastern beats and melodies over the years, but now he is taking us on another ride entirely. This is not your mommas Asian Massive. GET READY TO LIFT OFF PEOPLE!!---the mix of styles and moods are sure to break the monotiny and the blandness thats killing modern music today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saajan More Ghar Aayo March 21, 2006
By Venky
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful album - very very VERY different from Realize and Liberation - lots of lyrics, guitars, sitars - not so ambient as the previous two albums but a wonderful blend of everything.

Hanting vocals, furious drumming, lots of collaboration - an awesome production. A must buy for any KK fan. Thank You Karsh - for delivering the album to me a week before everyone else!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! July 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Broken English is such an inspirational compilation. I find it more cohesive than Kale's previous "Liberation" although I personally prefer the beats of Liberation for kickin it or a running mix.

Highly recommend getting both CDs and put the mix on Random. I have kept these two CDs in my car the last month and can't get enough! The beats and grooves work first thing in the morning, or while stuck in the traffic gridlock on the way home -- I catch other drivers smiling at me moving with the beat in bumper-to-bumper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a pleasure to drown in Karsh Kale's music
Kale brings the dizzying and uplifting instrumentation and rhythms of distant lands to his CD's. While I take great pleasure in Indian-influenced trance and lounge music, Kale is... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Alice Anyone
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip the first track, and enjoy!
This cd is by far one of the best I have picked up this year so far. The beats are wonderful, the composition flawless, and all but the first track are memorable. Read more
Published on September 5, 2008 by James Exeter
4.0 out of 5 stars Kale's Urban Adventure
"Broken English" is Karsh Kale's rare venture into hip-hop/urban territory with mixed results. Most of the lyrics are in (Broken) English, complete with the masala of Indian music. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornucopia of sounds!
This album is great!!! It is definitely different than his previous albums so if you are looking for the same style of KK's music, you are not going to get it. Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by Chefboyrvee
1.0 out of 5 stars missed the boat
i sort of liked his other cd's, but this one is just a big mess. with no real direction or theme, most of this sounds like an attempt at (bad) pop music with some exotic sitars... Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by madstepper
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm with the "warning" group...
I have the first 2 K.K. cd's (I hate remix cd's) and this one is different. It's fine but it has the whole guest artist thing I find tiring. Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy
This is truly a hot record. Sexy is an understatment. Cant wait to try it out for REAL. This guy makes India sooooo sexy. Read more
Published on March 23, 2006 by Boa
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what's your favorite song on broken english
Dancing at Sunset, then Louder Than Bombs. If it weren't for the bizzare (drug induced?) rythm tracks on Innocence and Power, I'd have put it at the top. Beauty is definitely in the ear of the beholder, but in my ear, Innocence and Power *could have been* one of the prettiest songs I'd ever heard.
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