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MP3 Music, September 28, 2010
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Peter Gabriel ~ Passion: Music For The Last Tem
To call Peter Gabriel's Passion a pivotal recording in the development of the world music genre would be a significant understatement. What makes Passion so undeniably huge is, of course, its global reach but also its expert handling of what could've easily become polyglot babble. Vocalists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Mal bring strong Middle Eastern and African voicing to the project, and Balkan textures come via the ney flute and doudouk. But Gabriel is the glue, offering electronic ambient flows between the multiple streams. Gabriel also brings something even less tangible: an awesome visual imagination that takes often seamless sounds and makes them impress the listener with picturelike colors and phrasing. This is, however, far more than an ambient global mix. To be certain, the intertwined rhythms stand out but always do so both unto themselves and as brushstrokes on a larger canvas. Never mind that Passion helped launch North American careers for N'Dour and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this is a stellar musical achievement by any standard. --Andrew Bartlett
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The music on here is largely difficult to describe-- unique, quite a bit is drawn from Middle Eastern, Indian, and African music, but it has a decidingly modern edge, filled with synthesizers, western drum sounds and guitars.
Discussing individual pieces is difficult-- the album works best as a whole and as a statement. There are brilliant moments, I think immediately of the stunning, passionate vocals of "A Different Drum", the building, haunting tension fading into repetitive rhythmic figures of "Zaar", the incredible beauty of the horn and bass over swelling ambient haze of "With This Love", Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's immense, pained, wails on "Passion"... the list of great moments goes on.
If you're a fan of interesting and unique music, you should probably own this record. Essential.
This collection is superb. Even as I work, I can listen to this.
The score is centered on traditional North African rhythms and sounds, with the 21 tracks featuring talent from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Ivory Coast, Bahrain, Egypt, New Guinea, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. David Sancious, Billy Cobham and David Rhodes also contribute on a number of selections.
Several of the pieces do not appear in the film, hence the project stands alone on its own merits. The CD is definitely a diamond in Gabriel's dynamic delivery of definitive artistry.
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