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Entwined & Entranced

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Govinda, a.k.a. Shane O'Madden, has a magic touch when blending diverse elements such as guitar, programming, violin, and sarod to create an enticing electronic music with hints of the Middle East, India, and British Isles. "Erotic Mystics" is such an example, with its heavy hip-hop beat below the crying of the sarod and Clarita Sanchez's delicate spoken word. "Aspetta" wraps sounds of Celtica around O'Madden's unadorned vocal callings, while "Next to Godliness" recalls the elevated, vocal praising of Sufi qawwali and ragas. Spanish guitar dominates the album early on with "Quintessence of Dust" and the intriguing "Compassion," a trip-hoppy dance endeavor that's laced with treated voice and electronic programming. "Le Zephyr" somehow manages to make a tinkly piano à la George Winston work with the ethereal soul of Amy Atchley's vocals--again manifesting Govinda's alchemist talents. --Karen K. Hugg


1. Quintessence Of Dust
2. Erotic Mystics
3. Compassion
4. Le Zephyr
5. Aspetta
6. Temple Of Spheres
7. Next To Godliness
8. Floating On These Tears
9. In Through Time
10. Scripture Of The Anima
11. Split Between Two Worlds
12. Celebration

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earthtone
  • ASIN: B000028TV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M Godlaski on October 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasant surprise this was - I bought this CD because I liked the cover and the titles of the songs, and I'm very glad that I did. Entwined and Entranced is a perfect disc for centering yourself and escaping the madness of the world. So often I hear electronica and feel that the music is too simple, too predictable. Few artists rise above that level, Enigma is one and now I add Govinda. Each song starts off simply, but then evolves into a richly-layered soundscape that takes on a life of its own.
The tracks on this disc never fail to combine a perfect balance between the electronic and the organic. Drum loops and keyboards merge seemlessly with clean-tone guitar work, tablas, and vocals that exist more for atmosphere than verbal communication. Also commendable is the wide variety of musical styles, which are blended perfectly. I never imagined I would hear a disc that could combine influences as diverse as Indian, Celtic, trance, and Middle Eastern, with lyrics in English, French and languages I'm not familiar with. Yet somehow Govinda takes all these influences and builds an album that flows smoothly from start to finish.
Entwined and Entranced is a CD that is great to listen to on roadtrips, or during meditation, or for massage, for escapism, or even to drift off to sleep. If the title of track 2 (erotic mystics) appeals to you, then I recommend you get this disc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on August 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Now an avid fan of world music this was my glorified introduction to Govinda's work a.k.a. Shane O'Madden. And just as the title suggests I was entwined and entranced upon listening but once. It usually takes me at least two or three listens to get a feel to whether or not I really like something, but apparently this was not the case. I knew right off that this would soon become an all-time favorite in my CD collection, and it has. I have many world albums now which try to approach similar tastes as this, but none have compared or even come slightly close to reaching the majestic peak of this. And to think that Govinda is probably one of the most underrated world artists to come of age. It's sad to think that because this really is an amazing accomplishment in a century of repertoire soundscapes. I could listen to this day through night and love it every time!
It opens up with seductive Spanish guitar strings on "Quintessence Of Dust," washing into the intoxicating Egyptian sounds of "Erotic Mystics" to the compelling dance offering of "Compassion" that soon moves through to the ethereal "Le Zephyr," sung by Amy Atchley, into the maddening Celtic "Aspetta" which just might arguably be the highlight of this everlasting gem. Another to look forward to is the feverish piano-induced "Split Between Two Worlds" or the mournful callings of the closing song: "Celebratum" which features baby samples from his daughter. In a word this CD is absolutely Splendid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Molina on February 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I only heard short samples when I was at the music store. And instanltly, I knew I was going to have this cd, in my collection. The musical atmoshpere of this cd reminds me much of Delerium and Enigma. That alone will make me purchase a musical cd. The quality of this music is pure gold and silver melted together in oneness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I didn't like the first Govinda album "O Earthly Gods" one bit. I thought the vocals were downright hideous and the rhythms clashed terribly with the music. But "Entwined & Entranced" is so many steps up the quality music latter for Govinda, that it can only be described as remarkable and I have a difficult time believing it is actually the same artist.
The style is a blend of gypsy, celtic and tribal but in a very sensual and classy way - it's the perfect album to listen to over a romantic dinner or a friendly get together in an "upper class" setting. The beats are dance-driven but not in a "poppy" way and the overall mood is intense but not overdone.
I guess a good way to describe the sound is it's like a cross between Mythos and Afro-Celt Sound System, and it would easily fit in the genre of Enigma and Deep Forest.
Highley reccomended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Gonzalez VINE VOICE on August 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
All the other reviewers have already expressed verbally how good this CD really is. I haven't been privy to enjoy any of their other CD's, but this CD is so perfect, that im almost afraid of listening to their other CD's. I can imagine that it would be very difficult even for them to out do what they have done on this CD.
Believe me, this CD is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2000
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'Entwined and Entranced' describes how you'll be after hearing this album. I had never heard of Govinda before, and made a spontaneous purchase while traveling between cities - I don't regret making that decision now! Each track is unique in mood - for the most part it is a musical journey filled with exotic tones and instruments... [Quintessence of Dust] Captures a mystical mood with a bright sitar and a steady, pulsing beat beneath. [Erotic Mystics] captures the essence of hidden passion , chants and powerfully subdued (!) instruments offering a taste of musical beauty. [Compassion] plays much more like modern dance music, with a driving beat guaranteed to touch your soul. [Le Zephyr] utilizes an airy female vocalist to add a sighing, relaxed elegance to a trance beat. [Aspetta], one of my favorites, features a celtic overtone (complete with harp and violin!) that mixes with an exotic chant to create something completely unique! [Temple of Spheres] is a mournful, slow lament accented by its use of bass and percussion. [Next to Godliness] is the only song I would criticize, in that it is mainly a wordless chant that does not mix terribly well with the music. It does possess a nice percussion line, though. [Floating on these Tears] is a wonderfully executed song - with a powerful message... Any listener can almost feel the singer's pain and sense of loss. [In Through Time] is perhaps one of the best trance songs to zone out on - a strong beat, mystical, ethereal notes... both tracks 9 and 10 are very good background music for late night contemplation - (though, meditation to this CD is very difficult!). [Celebratum] is a perfect wrapup to this jewel of an album - a deep, syncopated rhythm accents mystic chants, and it brings the music to a quiet, subdued but not energyless close. Definitely worth every cent you pay for it!
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