Nine Heavens [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
On their second outing, Niyaz are even more specific about what they're doing in both acoustic and electronic music. Their sound draws on traditional Turkish music, as exemplified by "Beni Beni," and music inspired by Iranian folk songs. By using two discs, one consisting of acoustic and the other of electronic versions of the same material, they really illustrate their approach. But what's most interesting is how subtle their electronic process is. It's still powered by percussion, like the acoustic versions, and voice and instruments still take center stage, but the careful programming and mixing provide for a changed atmosphere. In many cases the electronic tracks are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
On their second outing, Niyaz are even more specific about what they're doing in both acoustic and electronic music. Their sound draws on traditional Turkish music, as exemplified by "Beni Beni," and music inspired by Iranian folk songs. By using two discs, one consisting of acoustic and the other of electronic versions of the same material, they really illustrate their approach. But what's most interesting is how subtle their electronic process is. It's still powered by percussion, like the acoustic versions, and voice and instruments still take center stage, but the careful programming and mixing provide for a changed atmosphere. In many cases the electronic tracks are not any more contemporary than their acoustic counterparts, but just different, offering a new perspective on the sound. There's a lot of rootedness in the music, and they use drones effectively, as well as lots of percussion around the simple melodies, with the basic trio filled out by guest musicians who are used judiciously. Singer Azam Ali is stunning throughout, a gentle powerhouse who acts as the glue to hold it all together. In fact, this is more than just an interesting release; it's an important way forward for Middle Eastern music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036115026
  • Catalog Number: 361150
  • Sales rank: 56,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beni Beni (4:31)
  2. 2 Tamana (5:13)
  3. 3 Feraghi -- Song of Exile (5:45)
  4. 4 Ishq -- Love and the Veil (6:25)
  5. 5 Allah Mazare (6:24)
  6. 6 Iman (7:23)
  7. 7 Molk-E-Divan (5:34)
  8. 8 Hejran (3:17)
  9. 9 Sadrang (5:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Allah Mazare (6:21)
  2. 2 Beni Beni (4:43)
  3. 3 Sadrang (5:16)
  4. 4 Tamana (5:52)
  5. 5 Feraghi -- Song of Exile (5:44)
  6. 6 Hejran (3:15)
  7. 7 Ishq -- Love and the Veil (5:44)
  8. 8 Molk-E-Divan (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niyaz Primary Artist
Carmen Rizzo Synthesizer, Drums, Keyboards
Miles Jay Upright Bass, Guest Appearance
Azam Ali Vocals, Daff, Santouri, Riqq, Chinese Cymbals, Frame Drum
Andre Harutyunyan Darbouka, Guest Appearance
Satnam Ramgotra Tabla, Guest Appearance
Loga Ramin Torkian Saz, Electric Guitar, Setar, Rabab, Cura
Ulas Özdemir Vocals, Baglama, Cura, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Carmen Rizzo Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Additional Music
Chris Bellman Mastering
Azam Ali Arranger, Composer, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes, translation
Traditional Composer
Sabahat Akkiraz Arranger, Composer
Loga Ramin Torkian Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Ulas Özdemir translation
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    World fusion

    If you liked Niyaz first album you are not going to be disappointed in Nine Heavens. Nine Heavens combines world music with Azam Ali's heavenly voice. I follow Azam Ali's musical career and her single releases, Elysium for the Brave, Portals of Grace and Green Memories.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great album!

    I still like their first the best. This is comparable & a definite buy.
    My other top two favorites I recommend are afro celt sound system 'release' and Gypsy soul "narada".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Nine Heavens~

    Niyaz is such a beautiful mixture of sounds. Undescribable and so intense. With Azam Ali as lead sionger and the others and their talents, Niyaz always puts me in a ambiance of good vibes and makes me want to dance...

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