Maha Moha: The Great Delusion

Maha Moha: The Great Delusion

by Wade Imre Morissette
     
 
For his third outing, Wade Morissette collaborates with award-winning producer David Nichtern and creates what is at once a more accessible record than his previous works (in terms of the genre influences) and the next natural progression in his musical arc. Gone is the pop sheen of Strong as Diamonds -- replaced by more of a world music sound. The album stakes

Overview

For his third outing, Wade Morissette collaborates with award-winning producer David Nichtern and creates what is at once a more accessible record than his previous works (in terms of the genre influences) and the next natural progression in his musical arc. Gone is the pop sheen of Strong as Diamonds -- replaced by more of a world music sound. The album stakes out its territory right away with the catchy worldbeat opener, "Guru Ma," an anthemic chant shared with world music hero Krishna Das (who also shows up on the album's best track). Morissette is still concerned with the consciousness-opening transcendent power that music has in long-form chants (he has crafted a modern version of kirtan chant music for much of this record). Whether the chant is a mantra repeated in English or some other tongue, Morissette and producer Nichtern play with the levels and layers of sound in a way that creates what can only be described as a "world/yoga" record. The synth programming washes that defined Strong as Diamonds have been replaced by instruments like the Bansuri flute (on "Inside") and the sarod. The album's standout track is "Burn It on the Fire," which sounds somewhat like an Us-era Peter Gabriel number -- and is buoyed by guest vocals by Krishna Das and a marvelous female singer named Manorama -- whose voice just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to that of Morissette's twin sister, Alanis. The album closer is the haunting "OM," which literally has the ability to transcend and the production to match. Yet another quality record, and quite an achievement that Wade Morissette continues to find new and interesting ways to explore a territory that is uniquely his own.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003080620
catalogNumber:
30806
Rank:
274011

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wade Imre Morissette   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Gorn   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Bansuri
Kevin Bents   Keyboards
Jamie Lawrence   Conductor
David Nichtern   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Krishna Das   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Wynne Paris   Sarod
Matt Kilmer   Percussion

Technical Credits

Ron Allaire   Engineer
Jamie Lawrence   Contributor
David Nichtern   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Wade Imre Morissette   Composer
Kodomo   Programming

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