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'Love Is Space' Doesn't Quite Reach Orbit
on March 19, 2003
As someone who enjoys 'world music' and the like, I thought I would give Deva Premal a spin; after all, the samples I heard seemed to be quite warm and calming. And Premal's voice is also nice.
However, unless you plan to use this disc exclusively for the purpose of meditation, the disc is a bit of a disappointment.
I understand that these are traditional chants and mantras, but to have tracks in excess of 6 - 8 minutes, in which one or two phrases are repeated over and over and over is not condusive to a contemplative state, or atleast for me it isn't.
It is a shame that the tracks are so long. If Premal had simply parred down the length of each track, promising numbers such as Om Mani Padme Hum and Om Shree Sache would have been far more enjoyable. As it is, the endless repetition wears on the listener's patience.
The one track that seems to work the best is Chidananda, which contains more than two lines of lyrics, and it is really beautiful. The saving grace of this disc is Premal's voice, but even that is rather average when weighed against other female singers of the genre.
I suppose this disc may work for those who are serious about their religious rituals, or for yoga and the like, but as a statement of artistic merit, as something to simply sit down and listen to, it is an average effort. Albums such as Sheila Chandra's ABoneCroneDrone and Rasa's Union do more for placing me in a state of transcendence and relaxation than this album.