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Weaving My Ancestors' Voices [Import]

Sheila Chandra Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Speaking in Tongues I
2. Dhyana and Donalogue
3. Nana/The Dreaming
4. Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean
5. The Enchantment
6. The Call
7. Bhajan
8. Speaking in Tongues II
9. Sacred Stones
10. Om Namaha Shiva

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Approaching the voice as an instrument, British-born Indian Sheila Chandra brings an expansive, timeless quality to this collection of improvised songs based on ragas and modern folk music. Most of the tracks, outside of the drone, are unadorned--as is Chandra's pretty voice, simple in its low tone and unaffected in vocal style. Still, Chandra travels to expansive places, reliving her days as Monsoon's lead singer on "Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean." Though Chandra revisits British and Celtic music, her voice is at its strongest when borrowing from traditional Indian vocal technique and ragas. "Bhajan" is a soothing hymn with drone as are "Sacred Stones" and "Om Namaha Shiva," proving Chandra has indeed succeeded in connecting to ancestral voices for a lovely, meaningful album. --Karen K. Hugg

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Voice To Be Reckoned With Aug. 17 2003
By Wil
Format:Audio CD
First, let me say that if you prefer your world music with strong instrumentation over vocals, then this is not the album for you. Sheila Chandra takes her listener's on a musical voyage using almost nothing but her versatile, compelling voice. The instrumentation is made up mostly of drones, and even that is minimal. But if you are a fan of voice, or a cappala work, you will dig this album.
Chandra lives up to the title of this disc by weaving eclectic vocal styles from various traditions together, sometimes on the same track, as on the so-so Dhyana and Donalogue. The stronger tracks include Nana/The Dreaming, The Enchantment, and the totally inspired weaving together of Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean. And as a previous reviewer noted, the two Speaking In Tongues tracks have to be heard atleast once, but after that, they really are skippable (thank God for programmable CD players) as they don't offer much in way of asthetic enjoyment.
So all in all, the album is hit and miss. It really works best as background music, for relaxation or while surfing the 'net. Of course, Sheila's best was yet to come on ABoneCroneDrone, but you can hear the seeds of that work being planted here on this somewhat experimental disc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly cool Dec 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album after hearing Sheila's work on several Makyo albums and because I loved Sacred stones ( it is also on the Trance Planet compilations). This is a great album, running the gamut from Indian vocal Ragas to an amazing blend of Indian and Celtic sounds. As much as I love this album, I wish it was not so varied. It jumps back and forth in tone and tempo which makes it hard to use for mood or meditation. Shifting from raga to ambient tone it a bit jarng either way you go. Still a fantastic album and worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! May 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sheila Chandra is an amazing singer, which is more than just an amazing voice. She uses her voice with such intensity of focus and range of inflection, the effect is hypnotic, entrancing, and very beautiful. Several here have commented on the vocal-percussion pieces, where she imitates Indian drums, but also listen for her uncanny imitation of a sitar on the raga Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean. This album isn't for everyone, but if you love local music and world music, give this a try...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be more tightly woven... Feb. 27 1999
By L
Format:Audio CD
I would have loved to give Sheila Chandra's Weaving My Ancestors' Voices 5 stars, but I could not because of Speaking in Tongues (both instances). Why this cacophonous barrage is included in this otherwise dreamy CD is beyond me. The CD is great and I am glad to listen to it as long as I can program those two pieces out. But do give it a try if you like mellow Indian inspired tunes. Her voice is truly beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my "Desert Island Discs"! Dec 9 1999
Format:Audio CD
You know that old question, "If you were stuck on desert island, and you could only have 10 CDs..." I don't know what the others are but this is a must. Haunting, beautiful powerful, though I agree that I could live without the Speaking In Tongues sections. That is what keeps it from being a perfect CD. I have about 12 CDs from the Real World collection and this is my favorite
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Indi-Pop Aug. 3 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't sure I liked Indi-pop until I heard this album. I like her style. I'm a classical singer, so her rendition of Nana by Manuel deFalla I found intriguing. Everything on this album is wonderful, although her speaking in tongues was a little hard to sing along with...(how does she DO that!?) I think this is her best album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD June 27 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sheila Chandra is a good artist that hasn't got her due. Her vocal skills are comparable to Enya and yet she is nowhere to be found on the airwaves...even on world music and alternative stations.
This is a good CD but I liked her other CDs like Quiet and Zen Kiss better.
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