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eXtraOrdinary Rendition

April 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • Copyright: 2008 Cumbancha, LLC under exclusive license from Rupa Marya
  • Total Length: 52:34
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  • ASIN: B0017QERLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,022 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I highly recommend this album for many reasons.
Constance Griffith
P.P.S. We are in the middle of a World Music Festival in Chicago, and Rupa gave three concerts here over the weekend.
Richard P. Glasser
They are full of energy, the music is great, and the lyrics are meaningful.
Albert Howlett

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on May 12, 2008
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Rupa and the April Fishes' "Extraordinary Rendition" is a glorious mix of gipsy, tango, and Indian music. Rupa Marya, who grew up in France, India, and in the Bay Area, brings together a spicy polyglot of delicious music. Her debut album makes one hungry for more. Rupa and her ensemble have been compared to the Pacific Northwest lounge group Pink Martini and the gipsy punk Gogol Bordello, but they're more like Lo'Jo, the French performance art collective. When Rupa and her band performs live, the muralist Mona paints (her artwork is on the album)

"Extraordinary Rendition" opens with the sounds of San Francisco. The song "Maintenant" is an insistent tango about embracing the present moment. "Poder" is a sober Spanish song,drawn from Rupa's experience as a doctor, about a Mexican woman dying from cancer because she feared being caught. "Une Americaine a Paris" is about facing anti-American prejudice in Paris,so it's hardly a cover of George Gershwin's famous song. "La Pecheuse" is a haunting ballad with a deep,jazzy groove. "Mal de Mer" is equally haunting. "Yaad" is the strongest song,with an Indian sensibility. One hopes Rupa will delve into her Indian heritage more in subsequent songs. The closing song,"Wishful Thinking",is a ballad about desiring the forbidden.

"Extraordinary Rendition" is one of 2008's best albums. If you fish for great music... you'll be a lucky pescatarian with this!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Glasser on June 24, 2008
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I stumbled upon a review of this disc in, of all places, the Christian Science Monitor. Although I listen to classical music almost exclusively, the album sounded too intriguing to pass up: a woman of East Indian heritage; born in the Bay Area; lived in southern France; sings in French, Spanish, English and Hindi; and a physician to boot!

Well, I've had the album for a week, and it has rarely left my CD player in that time. This is exceptional, imaginative music making of the highest order, and I agree with all the positive things the other reviewers have said about it. But to add a couple of points, I don't think anyone has commented on Rupa's voice, which I would describe as soft, intimate, sensual, even otherworldly at times. She is also capable of rousing, high spiritedness. Rupa a very idiomatic singer of French, in a true bal musette style. If I didn't know otherwise, I'd easily take her for a native speaker. The band is terrific and the arrangements, imaginative. Rupa writes her own, very thoughtful lyrics, often in a metaphorical style. To the extent they are political, they are lightly so--more about how politics affect human relationships. The reviewer who called her music "agit pop" (sic) does it a disservice; it is much too subtle and imaginative for that. Nor do I agree that one of the songs is about facing anti-American prejudice in Paris. That's the starting point, but to me, it's really about the artificial boundaries that separate people.

With all of the different styles she embraces, you might wonder if this is just a multicultural hodge-podge. Not at all; the songs have a coherence about them, which makes them sound like different facets of one musical personality, which of course they are.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Albert Howlett on May 20, 2008
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I think Rupa and the April Fishes are terrific. They are full of energy, the music is great, and the lyrics are meaningful. Since my French is so so, I appreciated the inclusion of the English translation that came with the album. Rupa is a great entertainer, and the band that supports her is great; what a diverse group that puts together some great music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clarabella on August 22, 2010
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This music is good for every mood, when you are sad, it makes you smile again. When you are happy it makes you feel like partying. This world music is, sweet, funny, sometimes sad, hilarious, and diverse. It has many styles from gypsy to chanson. Just listen and enjoy! If you like to party, don't forget to go and watch them play!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constance Griffith on June 22, 2009
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I highly recommend this album for many reasons. First off, I applaud Rupa and the April Fishes for promoting a global community and bringing attention to issues of self, language, and identity to the forefront. But most importantly, it's just a beautiful, beautiful album. Rupa's voice reminds me of a silken paintbrush, using various languages and tones to brush smoky or vivid images (depending on the song) across the mind's canvas. It may come off a little too carnival-esque, gypsy-ish to some people, especially more "modern" listeners who are used to lots of electronic adjustments, but I love the organic, instrumental vibe of this album. The more mellow tracks are beautiful no matter what kind of music listener you are. Rupa's voice is just amazing in "Maintenant", "Les Abeilles", and the haunting "Yaad". The more folksy tracks "Une Americaine a Paris" takes a little getting used to, but I embraced the accordion sound :)

I don't buy albums frequently. I usually do it to simplify my life because a particular album has several tracks I listen to frequently, but this is one of the few albums I recommend as a whole, as a complete auditory experience. Highly recommend it on so many levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bluejen on December 30, 2012
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As we have all their albums, read my review for "Build" - this is just as glorious. And look for them on tour and just GO! You won't regret it!
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