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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NARADA PRODUCTIONS
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00009OYRN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Love Trap by Susheela Raman

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For this follow-up to her 2001 debut, (Salt Rain, which won a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award and was certified Gold in France), Raman continues to build on her tried-and-true formula. Born in Britain to South Indian parents, her Tamil birthright did not preclude an attraction to Western pop and she explores this duality throughout the album. The title tune is a back-room, jazzy rendering of an urban Ethiopian hit--it and a sexy cover of Joan Armatrading's "Save Me" are the only English-language tracks. The other nine offer a far-flung mélange of languages, constituting a dream journey during which the chanteuse's silky, flexible alto encounters trip-hop, Tuvan throat singing, sinuous Indian classical ornamentation, and assorted African influences. As modern electronica flickers amid age-old acoustic instruments with unexpectedly felicitous results, it becomes clear that Raman has achieved a study in contrasts that is also a primer for inclusion. --Christina Roden

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By giovanni on January 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If world music is all about bringing people from different nations close and making them understand the beautiful side of each others music culture then it's no coincidence that Susheela Raman is one of it's stand out artists right now . The Anglo-Indian gifted lady mixes creatively various elements of the Indian , Tamil and wider western and eastern music tradition and manages to deliver an exotic , dazzling offering . First cd single " Love Trap " with it's poisonous charms can seduce a priest while " Sarasa " is as tender and sensual as a melody could ever be . What's most suprising though about Raman is that despite her young age she delivers such rich perfomances on songs like the slow and hypnotic " Amba " . Clearly she's here to stay and has all the wit and talent in order to do so .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Buchanan on October 24, 2005
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This is really a fabulous album, and has become a real unexpected favorite in my collection. While the title track is catchy and quirky, the real meat of the album lies within. I especially love "Bliss" and "Dhamavati." This music is fusion in the best sense - a blend of worldwide musical influence and truly contemporary approach to border-crossing art. I HIGHLY recommend this album to the aesthetically curious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2003
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I saw Susheela in concert and she has an absolutely phenomenal voice live. A very real voice, she was not caught up in anything but the music. The CD doesn't do justice to her voice, but it is an amazing compilation of her songs. If you read the translation of her songs, it makes the song even more beautiful. A great mix of South Indian Classical music with jazz, a good world beat CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on October 26, 2007
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Susheela Raman has a problem on her hands. If 'Love Trap' had been her first album, there would be no doubt that world music listeners would heap deserved praise upon her. Unfortunately, it comes after her debut album 'Salt Rain' - an album that defied criticism by being so blinding in its' perfection - that anything that came after would certainly not hold up very well against the first record.

Thats exactly the dilemma she is faced with on this record. Its certainly very lush and experimental, but coming as it does after 'Salt Rain', its clearly subpar on most levels. This was one record I was waiting for with baited breath. Having discovered Susheela's music in 2000, I have spent much time tracking down home recordings of her UK Concerts and even investing in creating an online community dedicated to her music and vision, which is why the sophomore slump I have witnessed with 'Love Trap' is a very bitter pill indeed.

The title track, "Love Trap" is based on a 1970s Ethiopian folk song by local legend Mahmoud Ahmed, but Susheela adds some 1960s British jazz to it and it sounds unlike anything I've heard from her thus far. Its definitely not a classic by any means, but if the intention was just to experiment with new sounds, then they've done a pretty reasonable job. The next two songs are my favorites - 'Amba' and 'Sarasa', both sung in Telugu, and though Susheela's diction would make any native Telugu speaker burst into mortified laughter (indeed, the ones I played 'Nagumomo' to were speechless for all the wrong reasons), it does lend the music a quaint something.

However, Susheela's trysts with the English language do not always meet with the same success. Her rendition of Joan Armatrading's "Save Me" - already a weak melody - does in no manner flatter her.
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