Ama

Ama

by Yungchen Lhamo
     
 

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Yungchen Lhamo's third album finds the Tibetan songstress in firm control of her own destiny. She's a singer who works best in the abstract, unshackled by bass or rhythms, where her voice can soar freely, as it does on the glorious "Someday." It's curious that by comparison, "Fade Away," a fairly adventurous piece for most singers, comes across as relatively mundane

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Yungchen Lhamo's third album finds the Tibetan songstress in firm control of her own destiny. She's a singer who works best in the abstract, unshackled by bass or rhythms, where her voice can soar freely, as it does on the glorious "Someday." It's curious that by comparison, "Fade Away," a fairly adventurous piece for most singers, comes across as relatively mundane and far too grounded in the everyday (even the lovely tones of Annie Lennox don't send it to the stratosphere, although it's one of her best performances in years). It's an album of surprises, like "9/11," which is elegiac and achingly sad, Lhamo's art at its most sublime. This is an album that's been a long time coming, but it's worth the wait, unhurried, a piece of art rather than commerce. The opener, "Ranzen," finds her offering messages of inspiration to her former countrymen, and the disc comes full circle by closing with an ode to "Lhasa," her birthplace, accompanied by airy National guitar. In some ways this is the ideal new age album, beautifully spiritual, often seeming to not be of this planet. But it's so perfectly free of clichés and powered by imagination that it transcends genre. It simply is -- and in this case that statement is all you need. Yungchen Lhamo has made a wonderful album.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0094633330023
catalogNumber:
33300

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Performance Credits

Yungchen Lhamo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Annie Lennox   Vocals
Joy Askew   Vocals
Anders Bostrom   Bamboo Flute
Tsering Phuntsiok   Lute,Piwang
Jamshied Sharifi   Synthesizer,Guitar,E-bow
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Skúli Sverrisson   Bass,Steel Guitar,national steel guitar
Rufus Cappadocia   Cello
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Mamadou Diabate   Kora
Arve Henriksen   Trumpet
Megan Weeder   Violin
Sonam Chujur   Background Vocals,Chant
Sonam Wangdu   Background Vocals,Chant
Benjamin Wittman   Percussion
Soman Chujur   Background Vocals,Chant

Technical Credits

Scott Noll   Engineer
Jamshied Sharifi   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mike Stevens   Engineer
Yungchen Lhamo   Composer,Liner Notes
Peter Törnkvist   Engineer
Peter Torquist   Engineer
Thupten Tsering   Paintings

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