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With her genre-splicing debut, Learning from Falling, British soul singer Lamya weaves an eclectic tapestry of pop, electronica, and world music, thanks to star-making producers Nellee Hooper Björk, Madonna, David Kahne Sublime, and Mark Ronson Nikka Costa. With her whisper-to-a-scream five-octave range, Lamya recalls Macy Gray, Dido, and Nelly Furtado on these soul-searching tales of love, defiance, and the quest for identity. "I'm starting to be what I'm all about/From understudy in the dress rehearsal/To leading lady in a role reversal," she boasts on the sitar-and-tabla-accented "The Woman Who." Other highlights include the synth-and-string-anchored "Never Such ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With her genre-splicing debut, Learning from Falling, British soul singer Lamya weaves an eclectic tapestry of pop, electronica, and world music, thanks to star-making producers Nellee Hooper Björk, Madonna, David Kahne Sublime, and Mark Ronson Nikka Costa. With her whisper-to-a-scream five-octave range, Lamya recalls Macy Gray, Dido, and Nelly Furtado on these soul-searching tales of love, defiance, and the quest for identity. "I'm starting to be what I'm all about/From understudy in the dress rehearsal/To leading lady in a role reversal," she boasts on the sitar-and-tabla-accented "The Woman Who." Other highlights include the synth-and-string-anchored "Never Such a Long," on which the exotic singer she was born in Oman laments waiting too long to mend fences with a lover, and the trip-hoppish "Black Mona Lisa," on which Lamya muses, "I'm not afraid to be a lone bohemian/I can paint a portrait of myself." And throughout the reflective Learning from Falling, Lamya does just that. The portrait is beautifully abstract, but one thing is clear -- this daring young singer-songwriter has a bright future ahead of her.
All Music Guide - John Bush
For Learning From Falling, erstwhile background vocalist Lamya finally got a starring turn for herself, though her diverse heritage, songwriting skills, and the production expertise of Nellee Hooper Soul II Soul, Björk, All Saints fail to produce a solid record. Few would expect anything other than perfection from a vocalist with such an impressive résumé, but Lamya also has the presence and personality of a soloist; though she often sounds similar to a lot of other female singer/songwriters of the late '90s, her songwriting is unique and impressive, while the production most of it by Hooper ranges from alternative dance to orchestral pop and even mainstream rock. After a regal performance on the opener "Empires" and a solid single "Black Mona Lisa", though, Lamya gets caught up by too much similar material; many songs on Learning From Falling have that vaguely edgy, vaguely happy, vaguely cutesy sound often heard piping from the speakers at Wal-Mart, and soon it becomes clear she's making the same vocal choices on song after song. There are a few promising tracks here, but as soon as she and, more importantly, her executive producers begin focusing on what can make her sound unique instead of bankable, she'll be able to get some great, consistent work done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 808132003223
  • Catalog Number: 20032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Empires (5:07)
  2. 2 East of Anywhere (3:57)
  3. 3 Black Mona Lisa (4:22)
  4. 4 Never Enough (4:13)
  5. 5 Judas Kiss (Brutus Diss) (3:49)
  6. 6 Full Frontal Fridays (4:19)
  7. 7 I Get Cravings (4:56)
  8. 8 Splitting Atoms (4:03)
  9. 9 Never's Such a Long Time (4:27)
  10. 10 The Woman Who (4:42)
  11. 11 Perfect Girl (3:21)
  12. 12 Pink Moon (2:47)
  13. 13 Black Mona Lisa (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lamya Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Michel Colombier Conductor
Sal Cuevas Bass
Aloke Dasgupta Sitar
David Kahne Bass, Keyboards
Manny López Guitar
Rick Nowels Balalaika
Shawn Pelton Drums
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Will Malone Conductor
Teddy Kumpel Guitar
Allan Gibson Double Bass
Adam Zimmon Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Chandru Violin
The Soundhustlers Multi Instruments
Marsha Skinns Violin
Sara Perkins Violin
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Guitar
Jimmy Hogarth Guitar
Merlyn Sturt Viola
Ralph Morrison III Violin
Technical Credits
Rob Brill Engineer
Bob Brockman Engineer
Michel Colombier String Arrangements
Nellee Hooper Producer
David Kahne Arranger, Programming, Producer
Lamya Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Bill Malina Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Lester Mendez Arranger, Engineer
Rick Nowels Arranger
Soulshock Arranger, Producer
Karlin Arranger, Producer
Simon Gogerly Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Will Malone Orchestral Arrangements
Jean Baptiste Mondino Concept
Adrian Hall Engineer
Peter Edge Producer
Carlos Paucar Engineer
Ian Rossiter Programming
Fabien Waltman Programming
Alan Veucasovic Engineer
The Soundhustlers Producer, Engineer, beats
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Tim LeBlanc Pro-Tools
Chris LeBeau Photo Production
Monica Mendez Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New to the Scene

    I recently bought Lamya's CD Learning from Falling and I haven't stopped listening to it since. It is really good all the way through and Lamya's unique style is unlike anything out right now.There are a lot of really cool hooks throughout the entire album. Lamya also sings really beautifuly on the CD, and she also produced and wrote all the songs, which is rare now a days. The CD is completely worth the money and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    most exciting voice and beat for long time

    I heard this great singer on Live with Regis and Kelly .When I rushed to see who was singing ,I was blown away with her singing and performing on drums.I am a grandma of 62 and have never heard a young artist that made my heart pound like the song " empires" Thanks Lamya P.S. I know I am not your target audience but please keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking. . . . . . .

    So, late one night I was half awake, watching VH1 when I heard a voice that quickly grabbed my attention. I watched the whole video, waiting to see who it was and much to my surprise I saw the name Lamya. At 2 in the morning I typed in www.lamya.com on my computer and sure enough she has a website. I became instantly fascinated and read everything on the whole site. The site is through J records so I assumed she must be something special to have them backing her. After listening to "Empires" again, I immediately ordered her album "learning from falling" and it hasn't left my CD player since then. There's lots of cool stuff on her website and I cant stop checking it to see if she is gonna tour near me! The CD is great because it allows the listener to hear her wide range of vocal capabilities as she demonstrates her sound on tracks of multiple musical styles. She is definitely gonna be around for a while so grab the album and watch her evolve into a star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New artist about to Explode!

    Lamya's CD "Learning from Falling" is a CD that combines many styles of music to create a very unique sound. Lamya's diverse background shines through along with her beautifully orchestrated melodies. "Learning from Falling" is an CD that a listener can enjoy all the way through rather than feeling that they got ripped off after listening to the first two tracks. From "Empires" to "Pink Moon" the album explores an array of topics that show the true sincerity of the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An acoustical masterpiece

    I stumbled upon Lamya's website, and was immediately hooked by her songwriting style and lyrics. In less than a day, I went out and bought the CD, and I haven't stopped listening to it since. The selection of tracks for the CD are a bit eclectic, but all of the songs are excellent. I honestly can't understand why this album got such negative reviews from "critics". Maybe they've been listenening to teenage pop music for so long, they've grown to appreciate its lack of artistic style and creativity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Have...Lamya 's Learning from Falling CD

    In case you haven't heard yet there is a hot new artist on J records. Lamya is her name. I was checking out new videos on VH1 when is discovered this talent. Lamya is a true artist because she can sing, write and arrange her own music. Her sound is a combination of mostly Pop and R&B. Make no mistake she is not like what you hear on the radio. Lamya is true to her craft - music. Go get it today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately a new artist to watch

    Lamya seems to be one cool person: she has such a diverse but awsome backround: she was born in africa, then grew up in Oman (in the middle east) went to boarding school in England and finally wound up in NYC trying to become a singer-just like the rest of the world-but what makes her different is her amazing voice!! i recommend "east of anywhere" as an example. her single "empires" is also really different (ofcourse different being awsome) and it reminds me most of a bjork song with nelly fortato singing- interesting. whats also interesting are the production values of this album-i had no idea how many people were used until i looked at this website: lamya did not stop anywhere-she used many orchestral instruments and a balalaika ..i know, whats that? but it sounds really good doesnt it? mostly this album isnt for anyone wanting to hear what they hear on the radio-but for anyone who wishes for something outside of the everyday, this could be the final destination.

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