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We Are Three [Import]

Joi Audio CD
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1. Journey
2. Prem
3. Don't Cha Know That
4. The Holy Side
5. Deep Asian Vibes
6. Triatma
7. Flying With You
8. Tacadin
9. We Need Your Vote

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This British-based Asian dance group fuses Indian sounds with Western dance aesthetics, aspiring to create a form of transcendental techno. Joi's sonic agenda involves taking live and sampled instrumentation--tablas, sitars, flutes, vocals--and assimilating them into electronic dance grooves. It's a sonic investment that yields mixed dividends. While Joi insinuate spontaneous playing and some subtle changes into their beat-driven tunes, they generally fall into the repetitive trap of like-minded efforts. "Deep Asian Vibes" stacks up various instruments over house grooves with little regard for melodic or rhythmic progression. And the rambunctious "Tacadin" sounds like the Chemical Brothers with a slight Eastern tinge. Some of the tunes do strive to spiritually uplift, most notably the laid-back grooves of "Triatma" and the subtly hypnotic "Holy Side," which contrasts a bass-heavy rhythm section with nasaly vocals. Unfortunately the frequent lapse into cyclic structures keeps the music from achieving the consciousness-expanding effect the group may desire. Ultimately those seeking exotic refreshment for their feet on the dance floor may be enticed by We Are Three, but those seeking spiritual nourishment amid the grooves may wish to look elsewhere. --Bryan Reesman

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enduring Power of Joi April 25 2003
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The Bottom Line: An inspired album that shows us the true spirit of music - that love and beauty can survive tragedy and loss.
I had mentioned in my review of Joi's first album that it occasionally showed their inexperience. Their second effort shows they have definitely evolved. It also shows how the surviving brother has carried on despite the tragic death of the other brother.
After the completion of their first album, Haroon traveled to Bangladesh to lay down tracks with local musicians for a follow-up album, only to die suddenly of a heart attack upon his return to England. Though devastated, Farook managed to complete We Are Three as a tribute to his brother.
An inspired Farook shows us that the spirit of Joi lives on; that love and beauty can survive tragedy and loss. The album immediately grabs you with the tabla stylings of 'Journey' that sets the tone for what is to come - a spirit that will not be overcome. The next four tracks carry on the theme of lively tabla based electronic breakbeats superbly alternating Asian and Western rifts and rhythms. Then with 'Triatma,' the album take and abrupt turn into a dreamy acoustical guitar-based song that conjures images of breezy beaches. That theme continues with the hauntingly beautiful 'Flying With You' which does an excellent job of setting the title to music. Then almost jarringly, the mood switches again with the in-your-face 'Tacadin' that captures the spirit of the Asian Underground club scene while defiantly transcending it. The album culminates with the inspirational, uplifting 'We Need Your Vote' that deftly captures the feeling of enduring hope and love. More than a few times I have played that song over and over while I drive. It is that good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a difference a day makes... Jan. 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
Upon first listen, I thought this album was simply too "techno" - a headache-inducing array of repeated musical phrases and mind-numbing loops without the musical flow of Joi's first release, "One and One is One." However, after listening to the record a few more times, I'm starting to really enjoy it. Farook Shamsher makes good use of the acoustic source material recorded by his brother in Bangladesh, and in fact, several of the tracks have a distinctly organic feel despite the electronic underpinnings. The tabla playing on "Journey" sounds great, and the acoustic instruments and voices mesh perfectly with the keyboards and drum machines on "Flying with You" and "We Need Your Vote." Unfortunately, sandwiched between these two outstanding tracks is the album's weakest song, "Tacadin" - a tune that will likely annoy fans of world music and bore fans of electronica. Overall, however, "We are Three" is enjoyable and unique - where else are you going to hear modern pop music from Bangladesh?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not One And One Is One... April 24 2003
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Yeah, it's Joi, and they sound pretty much like they did on One And One Is One but I think We Are Three shouldn't be compared to it. If one is looking for Asian Underground that one can dance to, this is definitely a 5 star album. The two Joi albums appeal to different tastes so I can understand a low rating from anyone expecting to find more of their first release - We Are Three does, indeed, lack much of the intelligent spiritually that made One And One Is One so great - but for anyone looking for something to move to, this is still an intelligent choice. And it bears more than a cursory listen to. I agree, if you're expecting more One And One, skip it. But if you just want some excellent world dance music, this deserves a place in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby April 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, I would like to rate Joi's second album somewhere between three and four stars, but I'll round up. Its simply that this CD's a mixed bag, albiet better than many others. The tracks that are great are great: the wonderfully emotive build-up of 'Journey', the melodious crescendos and orchestrations of 'Prem', the pounding breaks of 'Tacadin'. Most of the rest, however, while not exactly lackluster, are simply more of the same. Which isn't exactly a bad thing, seeing as how that means the album on the whole is much better than most of the stuff out there. The long and the short of it is that if you're looking for some more Joi, here it is, and, to quote Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks, "that ain't bad."
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