Love Trap

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Born Indian, raised Australian, and living in London, vocalist Susheela Raman made a notable debut with Salt Rain, whose gossamer textures spotlighted her subcontinental soul vocals. Making an exotic mélange of jazz, blues, and Indian modal scales, Raman's music provided some of the most sophisticated fusion out there. On Love Trap, she adds to that singularity a dose of energy. Inspired by her successful touring Salt Rain was a hit in France and elsewhere, Raman aims for more of a "live" sound, which makes for a more aggressive album that's indeed cleaner and truer to her performance style -- even if it loses some of Salt Rain's seductive magic at times. Tabla, kit ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Born Indian, raised Australian, and living in London, vocalist Susheela Raman made a notable debut with Salt Rain, whose gossamer textures spotlighted her subcontinental soul vocals. Making an exotic mélange of jazz, blues, and Indian modal scales, Raman's music provided some of the most sophisticated fusion out there. On Love Trap, she adds to that singularity a dose of energy. Inspired by her successful touring Salt Rain was a hit in France and elsewhere, Raman aims for more of a "live" sound, which makes for a more aggressive album that's indeed cleaner and truer to her performance style -- even if it loses some of Salt Rain's seductive magic at times. Tabla, kit drums, and African percussion crack and ripple throughout, as do the haunting sounds of khoomei, or throat singing. The eerie bass drones are provided by Yat-Kha's Albert Kuvezin, just one of the guests fleshing out Raman's cosmopolitan compositions. Nigerian master drummer Tony Allen steps behind the kit on a number of tracks. Flamenco piano player David Durantes takes "Bliss" in a kinetic new direction. And Sam Mills, guitarist, producer, and Raman's beau, once again does a remarkable job weaving these various influences together. And what influences: Covering an Ethiopian pop chestnut the title track, a Bollywood film hit "Ye Meera Divanapan Hai", and even Joan Armatrading's "Save Me," making each one her own, Raman is a new kind of world music diva: funky, sophisticated, as easygoing in a traditional Carnatic vocal setting as on a slow-burning blues ballad. Love Trap is sure to ensnare listeners all over again.
All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An outstandingly interesting sophomore effort from British-Indian songstress Susheela Raman. Taking the term "eclectic" to levels only accessible in the world music markets, she heavily interweaves her original South Indian classical influences with Hindustani music, as well as adding some interesting fusions with other cultures. From place to place Tuvan hoomii drags itself in, in both the higher-pitched and lower-pitched forms, as well as some urtin duu to provide at times a drone, and at times a solo singer. Among the bass-heavy club grooves that show up, one can hear a little bit of light African-esque drumming. Concurrent with some electronically altered tabla vocals comes a dose of light flute looping. Throughout though, one constant is Raman's deep and sultry vocals. The album starts out with the title track that brings itself directly into comparison with the old Shirley Bassey-Bond themes but with a quiet sitar in the background; and as the album moves on, it becomes somewhat more gentle, but keeps the sultriness in Raman's voice regardless. There's some light Spanish guitar in "Sarasa" to contrast with her sound, and later the guitars drop down an octave or two to match with her vocals and make for an extremely laid-back sound. Tablas and koras mix fluidly en route to the finished product. As an added surprise for the listeners, Tony Allen handles the drumming for a bit. Overall, it's a nice album; full of fusion surprises. Give it a listen if you're at all interested in the various world music scenes, or perhaps just as an interesting little bit of ambient music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724358304121
  • Catalog Number: 83041
  • Sales rank: 243,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Trap (4:05)
  2. 2 Sarasa (3:56)
  3. 3 Amba (5:13)
  4. 4 Save Me (3:28)
  5. 5 Manasuloni (4:11)
  6. 6 Bliss (6:09)
  7. 7 Sakhi Maro (4:56)
  8. 8 Half Shiva Half Shakti (3:56)
  9. 9 Dhamavati (5:35)
  10. 10 Ye Meera Divanapan Hai (3:34)
  11. 11 Blue Lily Red Lotus (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susheela Raman Primary Artist, Vocals, Tanpura
Iain Ballamy Saxophone
Tony Allen Drums
Djanuna Dabo Bongos, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker, Clay Pot
Benno Mendelson Hawaiian Guitar
Trevor Morais Drums
Hilaire Penda Bass
Stuart Bruce Background Vocals
Tom Diakité Kora
Albert Kuvezin Bass (Vocal), Electric Guitar, Jaw Harp
Vincent Segal Cello
Manos Achalinotopoulos Clarinet, kaval
Sam Mills Guitar, Background Vocals, Drones
Bobby Jocky Bass
Aref Durvesh Tabla, Dholak, Tabla Tarang
Radik Tiuliush Vocals, Igil, Jaw Harp
Sandhya Sanjana Background Vocals
Pedro Peña Hand Clapping
Tete Peña Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Tony Cousins Mastering
Djanuna Dabo Arranger
Arabella Rodriguez Engineer
Shruti Sadolikar Arranger
Stuart Bruce Engineer
Sam Mills Arranger, Producer
Susheela Raman Arranger, Liner Notes
Aref Durvesh Arranger
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