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MP3 Music, September 28, 2010
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To call Passion a pivotal recording in the development of world music would be a significant understatement. What makes Passion so undeniably important is its global reach and expert handling of what could've easily become polyglot babble. Vocalists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Maal bring strong Middle Eastern and African voices 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. The intertwined rhythms stand out, both on their own 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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With my stereo systems EQ normalized to zero this LP sounds incredible. The volume is louder than any other album I have bought this year. This is an outstanding and easliy noticible sonic upgrade from the original-issue CD. There is also a download code included - I selected the high-resolution 24-bit WAV file.
Passion began as the soundtrack of the film The Last Temptation of Christ and may be Peter Gabriels best and most powerful album. Although Passion is layered with Eastern and African influences and instrumentation the music itself is mostly modern and Euro in its structure and is very approachable to the casual listener. While there are many singers featured on this album Gabriels voice and musical sensiblility stand out and in the end this is very much a Peter Gabriel album.
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.
If your only exposure to Peter Gabriel is via Sledgehammer or Shock the Monkey, then Passion will surprise and delight you. Alternately dark and heartbroken, stirring and majestic, it breathes life and vigor into the so-called "world music" genre. Passion carries exotic and beautiful rhythms to the Western ear without compromising the naturally spiritual power of its influences.
If just one disc could accompany me to a desert island, this would be it.
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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