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Beyond Skin

Nitin Sawhney

1999

Beyond Skin

Album Summary

Beyond Skin is an album by English musician Nitin Sawhney. It was released on the Outcaste label in 1999. The album focuses largely on the theme of nuclear weapons; Sawhney states in the booklet that the album "has a timespan that runs backwards", beginning at "Broken Skin" with the India-Pakistan nuclear situation and ending at "Beyond Skin" with Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita – "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Sawhney also aims to question what constitutes one's identity – he writes in the liner notes for the album: "I believe in Hindu philosophy. I am not religious. I am a pacifist. I am a British Asian. My identity and my history are defined only by myself – beyond politics, beyond nationality, beyond religion, and Beyond Skin."

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Rating

2.88

Votes

4554

Genres

  • Electronica
  • Jazz
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Fri Apr 02 2021
1

I genuinely do not understand how this can in the list of best albums.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
1

Mood music for when you're in the mood to test the limits of boredom.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

I enjoyed this one. It was completely different to anything else I’ve heard in this collection so far, and it was nice to listen to. It was interesting and pretty varied and felt like it was introducing me to world music.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Really liked that, different

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Wow. I was really blown away by this one. A diverse album from an artist with seemingly endless talents. The apocalyptic "beyond skin" themes add a lot of gravity.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Transcendent. Jazzy, cinematic. Excellent. The first track isn't really my cup of tea, but then it takes off from there.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Cool album. The popier stuff reminded me of FKA Twigs and early Massive Attack -- which is a very high compliment. A very ecclectic album with all sorts of influences that I will return to.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

I think there is great genius in this album. What a labor of love and caring that this prolific artist, operating mostly in the shadows, would use his clout to speak out, beautifully, loudly and passionately, about a cause that concerns him. The production is absolutely stunning, the mixes so complex and yet focused and affecting. The vocals are compelling throughout. The various styles could strike some as too all over the place, but I saw the eclecticism as a way of bringing together many eras and many peoples in a salute to our varied humanity. The concept can be a little heavy-handed at times, but the subject matter is so important that I can let that slide a little. Working backwards in time feels right to me, as it gets us back, at the end of the album, to a time of more innocence and helps us wonder how we might get there again, or where might we be without this threat. This is not an album to put on for easy listening and I wouldn't necessarily dial up songs from it on a whim. But it is an Important album in other ways. I'm glad I've heard it and can see great value in revisiting it in the future.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Some cools songs on here. Can't tell whether I love it or hate it. One minute the album is nice background music and the next it's aggressively shoving soundwaves in your ear (in a bad way). Very unique and sounds like it has a wide range of influences.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

A bit out-there in places, but there's some really interesting tracks on this album. Lots of diversity in the style of tracks - particularly liked the drum and bass influences in 'Nadia' and the hip-hop feel of 'Pilgrim'. Not sure I'd frequently play this album, but I enjoyed listening to it on the whole.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

what a load of artsy shit. not sure why it makes this list - beyond being a token entry for "weird shit". This actively annoyed me so 1/5.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

First one of these albums that I‘ve never heard of or recognise so it’s refreshing to do a review without any preconception of what it’ll be like... Its alright. A bit too much experimentation and far too high brow for me. There’s a couple of nice songs amongst mostly jarring over the top experiments with the Indian language but nothing stands out as incredible and I probably wouldn’t listen to it again unless for quiet background music with some snobby people. My first guess that this would’ve won the Mercury Prize. I was wrong, but it did get nominated and I really think this is pandering a little bit to the prestigious weirdness of the award.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

lo-fi hip-hop w/ Indian music

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

First 5 baybay. that first track tho

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

New age feeling

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Incredible.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

5/5 - Cool! Adding this to my library.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Beautifully composed. A spiritual journey.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

No entendí el disco (?), tampoco me esforcé esta vez en buscar más sobre él o el artista, pero la verdad es que lo disfruté y es un soundrtrack chill como para hacer otras cosas en la computadora o demás. Muy estraño, pero muy interesante. Favs: "Homelands", "Nadia", "The Conference" y "Beyond Skin". 9/10

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

indian jazz/electronica. Might be too distracting for work but i hope not. I love it! not all his stuff but a great surprise and my first 5 star album <3

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

super different. one of my favs so far, nadia, letting go, pilgrim, broken skin, homelands, nostalgia so fire

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

loved it

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

Beyond it all

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Brilliant! Really like this! Don’t know how. Haven’t heard it before. I’ll get it on vinyl

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

A remarkable work of art with something to say and many layers to appreciate. Was new to me.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

First album to actually blow me away. I was not ready for this album to be so good. Great themes addressing important real world issues, and still being good music. Actually making every song vary from eachother and not just making a 50 min. song. I'm looking at you Rage Against The Machine. Starting off, or should I say, ending with a chill hip-hoppy, silent, broken future of a radioactive fallout or something. Just fucking builds up from there, cause "Homelands" really is a fucking masterpiece, and that caught me off-guard. "Serpents" is the only song that kinda sucks and gets tiring to listen to. "The Conference" was really fucking silly, but I heard it for the first time while getting my room ready for control in the military in like 2 minutes, stressing so much while two dudes yell "didkdkydduddjudjdududkdidudkidkdid" in my ears because I wouldn't take out my earbuds because I couldn't find my headphonecase. Crazy shit. But it really had an effect to say the least. 5/5

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Love this. Feel daft for missing it originally. I think jo whiley put me off. This is ace. I feel smarter listening to it. Layered multilingual vocals. Beats. Reverb. Class.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

V strange

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Cool

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Loved loved loved this

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

interesting to say the least I had no idea there was such a big British Indian techno scene but I fuck with it

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Amazing

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

A delightful surprise!

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Fri Sep 04 2020
4

Really interesting album. Probably will listen more

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

This is one of those albums that I NEVER would've come across without this site. Thankfully, I did. What a weird, wonderful, eclectic collection of songs.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Actually created a groove in my brain

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

This morning I'm finishing up listening to Nitin Sawhney's album called "Beyond Skin" from 1999. This feels fresh to me, and it was a great thing to hear last night as I was getting ready for bed. It's very close to some of the lounge/chill/instrumental playlists I often listen to on Spotify. I'm also a fan of world music and rhythms and this had some really fantastic parts related to Indian culture. The title of the album makes sense, it's like music that transcends culture and skin color and connects you with these beats and rhythms that feel elemental. You connect with it, even though it feels worlds away from my point of view. Surprising and very enjoyable.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

This is an old fave of mine - and you couldn't really ask for bigger subject matter for an album, could you!? Lovely vocals and melodies, gorgeous beats, and sobering samples. Fantastic stuff. Fave track - "Nadia" perhaps? "Homelands" is amazing though, as is "The Conference".

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Actually really liked the mix of styles in this, was great work music too

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Fascinating music with an occasional side swipe of intense 90s pop.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Very interesting, but many songs don’t really hold up for their full lengths. The sound and production are amazing though. Overall, around a 7

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

7/10. Tricky one to rate, but had an interesting concept, and was refreshingly different from a lot of the stuff on this list.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

pretty strange but interesting! I wish the concept had been stronger and I didn’t love the English lyrics 7/10

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Viel besser als gedacht. Teilweise richtig kluger Pop aber auch darüber hinaus

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Grata sorpresa

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Mon May 03 2021
4

triphopy and good !

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Wtf was this beaty???

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Broken skin, Homelands, Nadia, The conference

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Creative, and different album. Enjoyed it

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Sí me gustó, por lo general todo intento de combinar y experimentar que salga decente tiene mi aprovacion. Fav: nostalgia, suena muy pop noventero.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

This was quite interesting. Enjoyed it.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Heel verrassende muziek. Begon een beetje vreemd maar werd al snel een beetje RnB-achtig. Daarna kwam er toch iets meer India naar boven. Aangename zangstem. Muziek is wel een beetje voor de nacht, maar heel goed te luisteren. Mijn favoriet is "Nostalgia". ****

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Interesting, different, needs a few more listens to really get to grips with it

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

It's very pretty but this kind of music rarely grabs me. The imposition of quotes for the upcoming nuclear apocalypse and the juxtaposition against beauty and slick production are jarring, however, and it certainly had an effect. I found myself morose for most of the day after listening. So four stars for really meaning something, and for getting a rise out of me, and for several songs I get to add to the rotation.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

This was an interesting listen. I enjoyed the originality of the album, and how they tried to weave a story with songs. I liked the overall vibes, even if a few songs are bit over the top.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Jednostavno fantastičan album od početka do kraja. 👏

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Score might change on a second listen but was surprised how much i enjoyed it. Very unique

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

really interesting blend of world and trance beats; The Conference has some crazy-impressive tongue work

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Really surprising mix of east and west. Liked this one a lot.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Really enjoyed it - i guess I'm getting used to Indian music, but the overall vibe was of a chic curry house - one I'd like to eat at!

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

I really liked this! Pretty much echoed my thoughts for the album OK by Talvin Singh. It's a different sound for electronic music to have. Very enjoyable listen

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

I had never heard of this album before. It was a wild trip to listen to it slide through triphop, jazz, and back around again.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Very mellow, like Anita Baker. One reviewer says it melds Spanish flamenco with Indian ragas, but i don't hear either on the first track

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

A super clever fusion album. Sawhney collaborates with a number of artists to meld several disaparate styles. Some of these songs weren't my bag, but the format of the album is such that if you don't like something, all you have to do is wait a bit and something better is on the horizon. Really well constructed. Best track: Broken Skin

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Really liked this. Interesting and melodic and thoughtful and thought provoking. I will listen again and seek out more

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Very relevant in this age of imminent nuclear catastrophe . A great undertow of protest through audio landscape . Beautiful samples and rhythms . A real electro art album ; impressed .

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Interesting album this. Lots of really old influences, merged with what was really up to date trip-hop sounds, it crams a lot into its runtime.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

No idea what to expect here. The artist's name sounds Asian and the track listing seems somewhat political. Rolling and ... still not what I expected. How pretty! First two songs are just lovely and a bit sad. Nadia is a little inaccessible to me as I'm not that versed in Indian music, Immigrant is a nice mix of styles that really works well, towards the end it makes me think of Christina Aguilera (whereas Nostalgia maybe goes a little Bjork). Serpents is fascinating. All in all a really interesting album that I enjoyed listening too. A bit long, both the individual songs and the album in total. But super ambitious in theme. I'm impressed. And once again glad to have embarked on this project.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Interesante.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Pilgrim is a good song I really like the composition of this album.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

This album truly had a couple of great tracks during which I thought "wow, I'm loving this, might be a five star album". The music is interesting and frequently beautiful. But in the end it doesn't quite get there. There aren't any positive standout tracks and a couple bad apples (wtf was The Conference?). Still a very nice listen .

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Sun May 15 2022
4

I enjoyed this a lot. A really diverse sounding album, borrowing from so many different styles.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

This album is pretty cool. I didn't love every part of it, but it certainly sounds advanced for its time. Some parts could be repetitive (Pilgrim is a pretty dull song), but the songs flow together well. The underlying theme of the atomic bomb is very interesting, especially since the fear of nuclear war was pretty low in 1999. The music has a diverse set of influences 4/5

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Such a cool mix of influences. I love the Indian elements combined with the chill downtempo vibes.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

A real mixed bag. A lot of beauty, the occasional thorn. Nadia is one of my new favourite songs.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Surprisingly very good, I really enjoyed it

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Best Song: Homelands. The mix of traditional songs and instruments comes together beautifully here. Worst Song: Pilgrim. Not a bad song, per se, but it definitely doesn't fit with the vibe of the rest of the album. Overall: This artist was totally new to me, and I found myself really enjoying this album. A great mix of samples and chill instrumental beats. Perfect for working or cooking, but also interesting enough to listen to outright (i.e., not just in the background).

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

The use of of Oppenheimer in the final track in his quote of the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds’ to bookend an album that opens with voiceovers from the India/Pakistan nuclear situation was chilling and really underscored Nitin Sawhney’s exploration of British/Asian identity and its inherent tensions. The music itself is really engaging downtempo drum and bass that incorporates elements of Indian music throughout in various degrees. Sawhney is incredibly musically literate and this translates to an album full of various motifs across genre contextualized together over the hypnotic beat. Several songs lose the eat completely and play out within more of a jazz format, but those tracks work well to break up the more electronically driven elements.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

This was pretty damn good honestly. It goes in every direction at once. Trip-Hop? Tired of that, this is an electronic album now. Actually, this is a Hindi classical album now. Just kidding, back to trip-hop. Actually let's do a lo-fi song. Okay, back to Hindi classical... with a tinge of jazz. The second half drags on a bit, despite still having some great songs. "The Conference" is so silly, I love it. It's like two Animal Crossing characters arguing. Can't choose one favorite track. Either "Broken Skin", "Homelands", "Pilgrim" or "Nostalgia".

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Interesting!

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

A bit random, but the sound is relaxing, and the message is good.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Unlike much else I have listened to, a mix of instrumental tracks, samples (or recreations) of news reports, and songs about both of the above. Like a concept album about nuclear weapons, but cheerier than that sounds! Also, it was really interesting to hear his music, as I know him better as a radio and TV presenter

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Interesting Indian chillout album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

para poner de fondo, chill

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Had never heard of this and the description wasn't much in Wikipedia but I liked it a lot. Would be good in the background or sitting around in headphones. Lots of good sound play and reverb play.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Thought this was exceptional

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

OK, liked the opening songs, then went very obscure with Indian music plus a style of rapping. Liked the music and extra points for being interesting and different.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

Never heard of this before but I quite enjoyed it

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Thu Oct 08 2020
3

This is not what I expected. I kind of liked it. Some tracks were GORGEOUS. 3.5/5.0

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Wed Nov 04 2020
3

OK, kool

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Humm, I was listening to this kind of stuff in 99 and never heard of this. Better things going on on MoWax and Ninja Tune. Feel like another box ticking exercise to get the world music quota up

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

J'ai vraiment aimé ses sons. Souvent, ce genre d'album qui navigue hors des sentiers battues ne m'accroche pas vraiment, mais ici j'ai bien aimé. Je suis toujours intéressant par les sons/instruments qui me rappelle l'orient. Je réécouterais l'album. Lâche pas mon Nitin! Mon hit: Pilgrim. J'aimais le côté hiphop de la pièce, mais il répétait son refrain un peu trop souvent.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Very interesting. had some good songs tho

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

j aime bien avec un rhum pour homme

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

C’est un excellent album et exactement pourquoi je voulais participer à cette découverte. Par contre j’ai eu du mal à comprendre l’enchaînement des chansons. Ça ne se suivait pas toujours bien Je l’évite les tounes avec beaucoup de vocales, sont moyenne Je lévite tous les tounes instrumentales

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

7. Interesting musically and cool concept, but weird as an album and some of the songs weren't that great

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Bijzonder album. Lijk wel de beginselen van lo-fi en er zit wat pop bij

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Some of the songs I enjoyed, some made me question my choices in life. I feel like this album was trying to tell a story where I lacked the context.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Never heard of this. It's on the softer, loungier side of downtempo, with lots of organic instrumentation collaged into a chilled, cerebral hour of electronic music. Personally, I found the slightly harder-edged tracks like "Nadia" and "Serpents" were the best - so I would have preferred the whole thing to be a more muscular trip-hop album really. The incorporation of Indian vocals and instruments works well, and gives the sense of "fourth world" aesthetics. Overall, it's pretty good with a few too many low points. 3.5.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

drole d'idee d'avoir foutu que des sons de merde au milieu de l'album, 3/5

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Ignoriert man den weltmusiklichen Teil, super Album!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

The vocals behind the album are super fucking ethereal. The second to last song was used in an incredibly shitty Apple commercial that played nonstop during March Madness. Kinda cool, but I feel like if I didn’t look up the story behind the album I’d like it less. I’d give it 2.5 stars if I could

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Saved to listen later, I'm excited

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Weird album. Didn't hate it, didn't love it. Don't need it.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Chill electronic/trip-hop vibes.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Sometimes chill, sometimes beautiful, sometimes weird as hell. Lots of cool grooves and some world music tones too. Not my normal cup of tea but it was pretty relaxing at times.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

This slots into a particular slice of global music that doesn't do a lot for me, though a few of the pieces stood out. Thematically, subtlety obviously wasn't the point, although maybe when the topic is nuclear proliferation, that's fair?

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Indisk atmosfære musik og hiphop, med lidt avantgarde jazz indover. Meget mærkeligt blanding

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Trippy. How do you even characterize an album like this? Smooth, airy, haunting... usage of percussion loops, acoustic guitars, mellow layered vocals, various environmental sound effects. I definitely don't like everything, e.g. - the spoken word/raps (e.g. "Pilgrim") don't connect with me and I'm probably just not used to that quarter-tone eastern melody style which is used a lot here ("Anthem Without Nation"). This isn't rock music by any stretch - I still don't know what to call it (electro-easter-jazz-rap?) but the best bits sure were/are interesting and for every turn I don't love [sadly most of the vocal parts especially later in the album] it comes back to maybe jazz piano ("Tides") or breakbeats ("Serpent") that I get into. I don't like it enough to call it a keeper but I could listen to (most of) this again. 6/10 3 stars.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

50/50 helft verrassend oed, helft verrassend minder.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

Its ok I just didnt connect, I like the point it makes

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

A lot of different sounds on this album. Some of them are really solid, others I found incredibly grating. Cool album, but not for me in the long run.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

This one surprised me. Not at all what I thought it would sound like based on the cover art. I was thinking something more industrial? I didn't walk away humming anything, but a nice listen all the same.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Tsja, wat zullen we hier nu eens van zeggen. Het varieert nogal. Origineel is het sowieso. Sommige nummers niet te doen, sommige hartstikke prima.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Нуууууууу, не знаю. Вроде норм, но наверное не моё.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

crazy 3.5

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

found the annoying song from the Apple commercial

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Hmmmmmm

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Pretty chill down-tempo. I like a few of the songs but beyond that for a lot I'd rather them be instrumental.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Actually quite enjoyed it. Very good as background working music. I'm unlikely to ever to remember to listen again though.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Quite enjoyed what I heard 3*

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Unfamiliar with this artist previously. Looks like a lot of soundtrack work, so probably heard their work, just didn't even realize it? Anyways, this album definitely has some 90s cheese factor going on, but grabbed my attention at "Homelands" and "Pilgrim" has a cool vibe. From there, it rides into a pleasant cofffehouse vibe of an album and kinda hangs there, with some cool unique flourishes involved. After digging in a little further, the album definitely has some cool themes running throughout. All in all, an enjoyable listen, but not something that needs to be in any regular rotation for me.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Not the worst. It is hard to make opinion about something out of my comfort zone. I give it 3, because it was nice, chillin' stuff.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Enjoyed this quite a bit

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

I found a lot of the vocals to be really irritating initially, although not so jarring on subsequent listens. Would've liked this album a lot more if it was just the beats and grooves, as they were actually quite good.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

A concept album about nuclear weapons in India. This fuses Indian music and instrumentation with a range of other styles. It makes effective use of spoken word sections - news reports etc. Nitin Sawney has created something unique and interesting. It's not something I'm likely to return to though. 3/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

It was pleasant enough background music. I'm sure the lyrics were pretty deep and meaningful, but I never caught the urgh to stop what I was doing and listen to them. it just came and went

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Interesting sound. Not terrible, but I am unlikely to revisit this artist or album.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Zeer 'zen' muziek om over zo'n zwaar thema te gaan. Speciaal maar wel oké

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

A pretty interesting listen, not quite sure what to make of it yet, but a few tracks made me sit up and take notice. It piqued my interest enough to give it a few more spins.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

trippy

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Un album bizarre à écouter mais quand même bien. Un moment c'est très rythmé avec un bon beat et une bonne ambiance et après c'est très bizarre avec des sons pas communs. Ca nous amène aileurs et c'est quand même spécial. Il a sa place sur cette liste. 3.60

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Enjoyable, and probably great as a quiet background soundtrack to dinner. But not something I'd listen to again. Didn't dislike but didn't add.

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Sun May 15 2022
3

Interesting and diverse listening.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Nice, interesting and out of my comfort zone, but not something I can see myself listening to again.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

first listen very forgettable

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Very interesting and eclectic. There is something for everyone because the track list is so versatile.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

p845. 1999. 3 stars. Mood music/background listening, with samples and Asian influences to hook you in. Well done of its kind, but it does outstay its welcome.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Ultimately quite dull.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Oddity. Jumps from chilled trip hop to easy listening to rap to Indian centric wailing. All with some kind of Nuclear weapons anxiety theme. It was nominated for the Mercury prize. Bland and annoying ar different times. Not for me. 2.5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Pretty good

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Soft background music

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Quite varied. An interesting mix. I think I like individual songs, but not necessarily the album as a whole

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

This album was all over the place

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Weird

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Unknown to me before now, this one challenged me both in terms of genres outside my norm and geo-political issues I'm woefully under-educated on. I'm thankful for the exposure, but didn't enjoy it enough musically to add it to a regular rotation.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

weird, spacey and spare, good morning album

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Interesting sonic landscape. First track k was fabulous, some smooth tracks after too, but by the end I was k8nda getting sick of it. 3/5

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Chill dreamy vibes

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Pretty cool. It was a lot different than what I would normally listen to, but that made it novel and refreshing. Definitely want to listen to it again.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

I really liked the concept of this. Electronic music with anything is my jam. However, I didn’t like the female vocalist’s voice at all and this album sounded very dated. I didn’t even need to look at the album info to know it was from the late 90s. Interesting fusion of music, but I was glad when it was over.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Enjoyable enough

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Musically this album melds Indian classical music, trip-hop, drum n' bass and chill out with numerous other styles thrown in at points for good measure. It's seemingly a concept album with a running commentary on both on national identity and nuclear war. It's a brave, expansive album and a lot to absorb on first listen. I'll probably revisit it at some point and I suspect it might get a higher score after a few more listens.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

fairly happy with this, i suspect its a grower. sometimes this list throws an album at you and a single days turn around will only give you an initial opinion, a few more listens could make it a much higher rating. no i know about this album i'll definitely be giving it another couple of chances.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

india strong... india world superpower 3500... indi awin olympics 4052 delhi... death to pakistan pakistan dogs lower quality of life like dogs hahahahaha😂😂😂😂 I am from Great Britain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, an island nation in Europe. homelands

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Electrónica, soul, experimental... Variado.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

A cool listen - unique, interesting and good variety among the songs

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Not bad, but not my jam.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
3

Interesting, eclectic, jazzy, chill, experimental but also a bit pretentious.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

An interesting listen, for sure. Not something I could replay very much, but cool exposure to some of the African and Asian influences woven into the music.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Since Sawhney is a Indian living in England its fitting that he's fused Indian music with English downtempo music (which was big in the 90s due to bands such as Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Bonobo etc). When this came out I had this album on heavy rotation, I really enjoyed the more traditional Indian songs with tablas, ragas and sufi type chanting. Homelands IMO is the best song on the album and instrumental Tides is lovely. I really like the heavy Indian influence on Nadia and the vocal counterplay on The Conference is really fabulous. However, the more commercial English songs featuring the female singer are just God-awful - eg Broken Skin, Letting go and Immigrant and really ruin this album for me. If those songs had been left out I would have given this one more star.

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Tue Sep 22 2020
2

This is okay! Good vocals, interesting production Some of these songs are a bit too long Not keen on the rapping? These songs really do not need to be 5/6 mins 💀💀 they're repetitive enough as it is The genre mixing is cool though! Faves - Broken Skin Overall - some interesting ideas, but most of the songs are just way too long and repetitive No songs saved or added to playlists Rating - 2/5

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Wed Nov 04 2020
2

Kändes mer som ett konstverk än ett musikalbum vilket för vissa säkert är awsome men jag pallade chi.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
2

Ganska tråkigt

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Interesting but not my bag

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

De esas cosas que me parece rarísimo que estén en la lista: siento que no aporta mucho encima de otras decenas de discos de la sección de “World Music”; sin embargo, de hecho alcanza a la segunda estrella por el cuidado de algunos detalles. The Conference funcionaria para ponerle de despertador a alguien que odies.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Cuando empezó pensé que iba a ser un disco de trip hop o algo similar y ya todo se fue al garete en la rola 2. Tiene muchos ritmos que tratan de homogenizar pero la verdad es que no le vi mucho sentido al disco, the conference nos hizo bailar a Elin y a mi como si tuviéramos ataques de epilepsia y fue divertido

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

kind of all over the place

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Este disco empieza muy muy bien y después creo que termina muy muy mal. La primera parte es variada, por un momento me recordó el soundtrack de Cowboy Bebop, con diversos géneros y buenas ejecuciones. La segunda parte supongo es de mucha influencia africana por tantas percusiones y la mayor parte del tiempo se la pasan haciendo scat (supongo) y es terriblemente aburrida. Lástima el cambio. 2.5 estrellas que no puedo subir a 3 porque sí es muy dramático el cambio.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

strano strano

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

De nuevo un disco al que no le veo el sentido o razón de por qué está aquí. Lo único que me imagino es a alguno de los editores insistiendo en que es una "hidden gem" pero incluso en ese caso eso no hace que TENGAS que escuchar este album. Después de escuchar leí un poco sobre Nitin y al parecer se dedica últimamente más a hacer soundtracks, lo cual creo le ha de cuadrar bastante bien (y sin tratar de oírme agresivo, también algo dice el hecho que como compositor de banda sonora tampoco se ha hecho famoso). La música por todos lados, creo abusa de tratar de fusionar y hacer todo, poner flamenco, jazz, funk, electrónico, cantos de taal, cantos de qawwaali (en donde por cierto no me gustó mucho que literal copia las líneas de Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)... Termina sintiéndose en 80% como música lounge pretensiosa de gente en bar platicando sobre que "étnico" es este "proyecto." El concepto de ser un album para hacer consciencia sobre las pruebas nucleares en la India... me agrada... los insertos de noticiarios y los ambientales bien puestos... pero con ese estilo de música la verdad siento se pierde mucho (más tomando en cuenta los giros de estilo sin ton ni son entre canciones). Tres canciones muy buenas (Homelands, Nadia y The Conference), que aún así tampoco es como que fueran brillantes. El resto del disco olvidable.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

It was ok

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

J'ai pas été bin bin émoustillée... Je trouve les beats de plusieurs pièces redondants.. C'est correct mais je ne suis pas certaine que je le réecouterais

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

What a bizarre album. I'm at a loss for words to describe anything about it, including genre. Ambitious?

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Snoozeville

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

The Conference is my jam, the rest sucked a bit

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Niet echt mijn ding

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

I don't understand what is significant about this album. Didn't do much for me at all. The story felt like a bad TV movie.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Decent background music.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

2/5 Indian sounds kind of ambient. Didn't do anything for me though

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Too sincere and miserable and well produced and humourless for me today

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Well it is certainly...interesting. The themes of nuclear war between Pakistan and India is clearly interesting but it is hard to get past some of the musical features to listen to this again.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Loved the concept of the album and glad I listened to it.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Weird album. No need to listen to again.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

Because of all the references to India, this album reminds me of my biggest life travel regret. In the mid-2000s I could have gone to India with my friend and his family. It would have been great because his parents grew up there and speak the language, and it would have been great insider guided tour. Plus I really like Indian food. I didn’t go because I was doubling up on grad classes, while working full time, and I didn’t want to miss two weeks of the hardest class I ever took because I would not have recovered. I regret not going because I’m almost certainly never going to go to India and I feel like I lost my chance. Missing my opportunity at India was not worth the better grade in fluid mechanics. Homelands is definitely more appreciated following along with the lyrics. Without them the first time, I wrote the song off as gibberish because I didn’t understand what was going on. But seeing the lyrics, I reassess the song as a beautiful melding of several cultures. Most of the songs are well put together and pleasing enough. However, I don’t think this album knows what it wants to be. Thanks to jkav for pointing this out because I can’t unnoticed it. This just is not my thing. Side note: For Father’s Day I request a 5 star album. No whammies!

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

What a mess of styles. There’s a lot of interesting stuff here, but there is one point where consecutive songs switch from hip hop to instrumental jazz to drum and bass with Hindi vocals to piano pop. There is apparently some deep meaning according to the artist, but it’s lost in the telling. Also very surprised to see this on the list. Most things on the list have had some popularity in the US, with a focus on genres and artists popular in the US and UK. This seems an odd choice, though the artist has apparently won lots of awards in England and worked with lots of famous people.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Kind of interesting, almost a 3. It still sounded very 90s to me and too many rubbish tracks

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

I think I even bought this album. Now I only quite like it. Very 'polite' in retrospect. some of it very nice, other bits a bit noodly jazz.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

Though there are a number of times that the music finds its vibe and balances electronic, classical, jazz, and indian music, nothing strikes me as very compelling. On the other hand, The Conference, Nadia and Pilgrim are irritating and felt like suffering to make it to the end of the track. Some highs, but more lows on this.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

As a political message, it makes a point. However, it's reminiscent of Lisa Stansfield. Would be a shame if Affection isn't included in this 1001 list.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

i’m not sure how to feel about this. i was okay with some of the songs and just didn’t like some. i liked the diversity of the songs but i just didn’t click with it

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Pleasant. I don’t think I can say anything else.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

Sounds great and I should like this but none of the songs grabbed me.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Very late-90s; watery.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Eh. I feel like we're going to get every possible trip-hop or trip-hop adjacent album of any note whatsoever on this list. I didn't hate it, didn't love it. Was different than I anticipated. But can we just skip straight to Portishead?

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

While some of the ideas here are exciting, there is absolutely way too much going on for anything to gel into something beyond a weird primal scream. The vocal are either great or insanely irksome, the instrumentation groovy and interesting or grating, and the overall effect one of misused potential.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Kon er niet zoveel mee.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Het begin vond ik nog wel te pruimen maar na verloop van tijd kon ik er eigenlijk toch niet zoveel mee.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Soms wel aardig, vaak iets te veel van alles

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

I want to like this, but it sounds like elevator music to me.

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