Music for Crocodiles

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Susheela Raman's third album shows a new dimension to her performances. Previously, she performed largely in an Indian-infused vein with British influences. Now, she has more straightforward pop aesthetics, though with a massive dose of ethnic instrumentation and musical motives thrown in. Her voice is a bit breathier than previously, and she uses it to good effect. The overall loss of a more central ethnic sound is perhaps a bit disappointing to those who really enjoyed her previous albums (though there are some very strong influences yet, including a few entire songs), but there are still some very nice touches. The accompanying veena and tabla here and there provide ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Susheela Raman's third album shows a new dimension to her performances. Previously, she performed largely in an Indian-infused vein with British influences. Now, she has more straightforward pop aesthetics, though with a massive dose of ethnic instrumentation and musical motives thrown in. Her voice is a bit breathier than previously, and she uses it to good effect. The overall loss of a more central ethnic sound is perhaps a bit disappointing to those who really enjoyed her previous albums (though there are some very strong influences yet, including a few entire songs), but there are still some very nice touches. The accompanying veena and tabla here and there provide interesting ornamentation and rhythms, and strong blues inflections give the album some additional depth all around. Moreover, the adaptation of some old Tyagaraja works as well as other Carnatic ragas (and maybe a Vedic script) provide meat for a cross-cultural pop that's rarely been previously heard. The sound is generally more mature, and maybe a little more tired. Raman ultimately has such vast talent that even when she misses, it's a nice song. Give it a listen, but pick up her earlier albums as well for a less tempered and more adventurous sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724386340221
  • Catalog Number: 63402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Silence Said (4:40)
  2. 2 Music for Crocodiles (4:59)
  3. 3 Light Years Intro (1:40)
  4. 4 Light Years (5:57)
  5. 5 The Same Song (4:09)
  6. 6 Meanwhile Intro (1:36)
  7. 7 Meanwhile (3:52)
  8. 8 Chordhiya (5:37)
  9. 9 Idi Samayam (5:32)
  10. 10 L' Ame Volatile (3:36)
  11. 11 Sharavana Intro (1:45)
  12. 12 Sharavana (6:08)
  13. 13 Leela (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susheela Raman Primary Artist, Vocals, Tanpura
Marque Gilmore Cymbals, Drums
Hilaire Penda Bass, Background Vocals
Cheick Tidiane Seck Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Shri. Embar S. Kannan Violin, Soloist
Vincent Segal Cello, Electric Cello
Sam Mills Guitar
Cyril Atef Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Aref Durvesh Percussion, Tabla, Dholak, Vocal Percussion
K.V. Balakrishnan Mridamgam, Shaker
Anusheh Anadil Vocals
Ouseppachan Violin
U.P. Raju Mandolin
V.R. Shekar Cello
Heidi Vogel Background Vocals
A.S. Krishan Morsing
Technical Credits
Philippe Brun Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Arabella Rodriguez Engineer
Stuart Bruce Engineer
Sam Mills Producer, Audio Production
Marco Migliari Engineer
Traditional Composer
Susheela Raman Liner Notes
Olivier Lude Engineer
Paul Jacob Engineer
Philip Ley Engineer
David MacEwan Engineer
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