Broken Lands

Broken Lands

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by Indigenous
     
 
Though Indigenous had started as a group including several members of the family of frontman Mato Nanji, by the time of Broken Lands it was really just a name he was using for recordings that were essentially solo vehicles. There's still a family connection in his wife, Leah Nanji, who co-wrote the material with Mato, but Mato

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Though Indigenous had started as a group including several members of the family of frontman Mato Nanji, by the time of Broken Lands it was really just a name he was using for recordings that were essentially solo vehicles. There's still a family connection in his wife, Leah Nanji, who co-wrote the material with Mato, but Mato dominates the proceedings as guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Though Indigenous have been described and classified as a blues-rock group, in truth Broken Lands is more a set of heartland American rock that owes more to, say, Bruce Springsteen than it does to Muddy Waters. Nanji sings earnest, cleanly produced roots rock-oriented tunes in a slightly throaty voice that are anthemic, but more grimly determined in their mood than joyful. Accomplished blues-rock chops are sometimes evident in some of his guitar licks, especially on the closing number, "Wailing." While undeniably a sincere and serious effort, in all it's rather routine mainstream guitar rock, its influences from the blues and Nanji's Native American heritage fairly slight.

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Release Date:
08/19/2008
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707982429
catalogNumber:
79824
Rank:
108547

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Broken Lands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mato who is one of the most underrated guitarist of this century again shows forth the talent that will make him a sensation in the music industry. This CD only supports those of us who enjoy his music.
CaseNY More than 1 year ago
Another killer album. Indigenous has always had their own take on the Stevie Ray Vaughn blues sound, but with this album they go deeper toward a sound of their own. There's a soulful song here about life on the reservation (Place I Know). I think I read Mato's wife helped with the lyrics this time. I see them about twice a year when they come through Manhattan. Usually they play at the B.B. King Blues Club on 42nd Street. Man, they've got chops for days.