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Canadian experimental guitarist Brook and the late, "shining star of Qawwal" come together for a second time to bring the music of Pakistan into a creative new realm. If you are a traditionalist who wants nothing but Pakistani music, stay away. This album is soaked in ambient electronic guitar noises and some of Khan's most out-of-the-tradition singing. These experiments are not to be confused with lots of the electro-noodling, however. Both artists were devoted to their gods and their music, and it shows in the potency of these tracks. Brook seems to have been a natural match for Nusrat and has drawn out an unusual performance that probably fulfills the ideas that were only hinted at in their first collaboration, Musst Musst. --Louis Gibson

1. My Heart, My Life
2. Intoxicated
3. Lament
4. My Comfort Remains
5. Longing
6. Sweet Pain
7. Night Song
8. Crest

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B000000HPH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am writing a review of Night Music because I feel that Nusrat's music is very important to rock and roll. This Pakistani singer, who sadly passed away a few years back, had the power to touch the soul with his singing. Though I can't understand a word he said, Night Music's feelings are well received. I like to think of Nusrat's music as mesmerizing and hypnotic as well as emotionally raw. Michael Brook just enhances Nusrat's ideas, making this recording a haunting, painfully sweet listen. This is a must have for any rock collector. Thank you to Peter Gabriel for creating his RealWorld label in which we get to hear such fine musicians from other countries of the world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on June 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is best known for Qawwali music, the devotional music of the Sufis, taking it to incredible heights, but here we see perhaps his most successful cross-over album, with an excellent supporting cast, including Michael Brook on infinite guitar, keyboards and percussion, that gives Nusrat's music a broader feel. It was really a shame to lose Nusrat at the peak of his career. He had become involved in so many fascinating projects, including singing with Eddie Vedder on "The Face of Love," from the soundtrack to "Dead Man Walking." His soaring harmonics were a badly needed infusion into the world music scene, when it was beginning to grow stale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By applewood on May 24, 2006
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This is my favorite recording of either of these talented musicians. It is moving musically and vocally; a harmonious balance of sound, culture, traditions. There may not be the traditional Sufi devotional songs with tabla, clapping and harmonium Nusrat is best known and loved for (see his GOLD TO DUST field recording), or the Bollywoodish pop songs he did (with such enthusiasm). I don't have a clue what he's singing about here, but it is clearly spiritual, relaxing, uplifting and transformative. Much of it is non verbal, just his voice soaring in joy. Brook's subtle and tasteful guitar loops and layers compliment this mood beautifully.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Like much of the music produced with heavy synthesizer backdrops, "Night Song" is essentially an album designed for mood and atmosphere, rather than intense musical evaluation. Where this album differs from "Mustt Mustt" is primarily in the handling of Nusrat's vocals. The earlier collaboration was actually a collaboration, with the backdrops designed to compliment the range of textures produced by Khan's voice. "Night Song", however, uses the Voice like just another sample on most tracks, coming in for awhile and then dropping out, giving way to stale breakbeats and synth washes. While I can't give this album a bad rating, I would say go for the first Brook/Khan project and especially Nusrat's recordings with his Qawwali Party.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "billy79" on June 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Excuse the use of such a cliche, but the West has finally met the East, and done so in a way that is truly brilliant. Not being a great supporter of Nusrat's attempts at "Westernizing" qawwalis, even I have to admit that Michael Brook succeeded in creating a tasteful mix that the great maestro himself was unable to master. Though largely devoid of the repetitive chants and driving rythms of a qawwali, this album still captures the hypnotic qualities of Nusrat's best work. His voice is set against a background of music that is rich but not over-powering. As Nusrat's voice flits from a deep, throaty groan to a clear, haunting wail, it becomes clear that he has truly transcended the barrier of language, and is able to convey pure, raw emotion through music alone. This is perhaps the best aspect of Night Song - being able to hear a voice so miraculous without the clutter that usually surrounds it in his other works. The end result - hauntingly beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jasleen Matharu on October 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is essentially a fusion of great musical minds. The legendary Khan payes more attention to making this a better experience for the western audiences of the Sufi music by playing more with his (brilliant) vocal skills then with the lyrics. Micheal Brooks' music stands out and enhances the experience further. This is not to say that the mainstream Indo-Paki audience won't enjoy this album ( This is one of my all time favs). It is fabulous background listening while doing work which may need focus - for those who need music to do such things... :)

For those who have been thinking of testing out Sufi music, this is the place to start. This is a fine introduction to the great NFAK and Sufi music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By angie on October 17, 2000
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I picked up this CD thinking that it would be similar to some of Khan's other music that I've listened to. Instead I discovered a whole new experience. This album is a wonderful discovery for someone who has little experience with Pakistani music and does not understand what is being said except through the overall feel of the song. Khan's partner on this album Michael Brook adds an energy to the whole album that was absent on previous works. Together the two form music that is rich with tradition combined with new elements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adnan Iqbal on January 12, 2006
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I wish people can understand the punjabi language with it's pure Pakistani essence.By understanding the lyrics fused with western music makes This Album out of this world. Pure magic of NFAK's voice and Brook's increadible talent have created this miracle. I am absolutely touched to my soul whenever I listen to this album. This is so sad NFAK is not among us. But I am blessed to witness the life and magic of a legend during his lifetime. He was indeed the greatest master of all times.
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