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Weaving My Ancestors' Voices Import
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|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|
|8. Speaking in Tongues II|
|9. Sacred Stones|
|10. Om Namaha Shiva|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This is a good CD but I liked her other CDs like Quiet and Zen Kiss better.
Most recent customer reviews
She has one of the greatest voices ever...wonderful to listen to during yogo, or anytime you want to escape from the life's craziness. A must have in anyone's CD collection.Published on Aug. 30 2001 by M. Teisan
The first song on the CD I liked . . . Chandra has a wonderful voice, but the songs for the most part are just kind of dull. Read morePublished on July 10 2000
Sheila Chandra is often considered one of the best singers in the world. One listen to this album filled with her heavan sent voice and you will be compelled to agree.Published on April 26 1999
She has a magnificent voice that intermingles traditional Indian chants and mantras with a modern pop flavored sensibility. Read morePublished on Dec 27 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Worth buying if only for the song Dhyana and Donologue. The rest of the CD is excellent, but trust me, after listening to her incredible voice, you will be haunted by this... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 1998