Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Susheela Raman: Vel - review

The always unpredictable Susheela Raman is back, finally, with one of the most confident, vibrant albums of his career. Ten years ago, she became the first artist of music world to be nominated for a mercury with its debut price value Salt Rain, and since then, she has constantly changed direction, experimenting with mixing Indian influences with a variety of global styles or reworking classic rock. Now, after four years of waiting, comes a set that reflects his recent trips to India - a brave Indian and contemporary Western styles shock. It starts with a new song, trampling raise Up, its powerful song is paired, stirring vocals of singer Rajasthani Kutle Khan, and it follows with the slinky treatment, Daga, Daga, that mixes percussion rhythm of the traditional tabla with a furious guitar solo of Sam Mills. There are Ennapane bustle and (especially) the epic Paal, another traditional song which begins as a Ballad of drift, supported by the violin, but relies on an exciting climax. His own slower ballads, Madeleine and eighteen floors, offer a contrast more West, but it is his bravely original treatment of the Indian material makes this album special.

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