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Realize
     

Realize

5.0 3
by Karsh Kale
 
Fusing electronica with traditional Indian music, Karsh Kale takes on a different approach than Bill Laswell and Zakir Hussain did on their Tala Matrix album (a disc which Kale contributed to). Where Laswell and Hussain built on the traditional hypnotism of Indian music, Kale fuses it with a melodic pop sensibility that, unfortunately, deadens much of the

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Fusing electronica with traditional Indian music, Karsh Kale takes on a different approach than Bill Laswell and Zakir Hussain did on their Tala Matrix album (a disc which Kale contributed to). Where Laswell and Hussain built on the traditional hypnotism of Indian music, Kale fuses it with a melodic pop sensibility that, unfortunately, deadens much of the beauty of the sound and delivers it from the magical patience that tabla music is often infused with. He is most successful when he lets the quasi-spiritual trance grooves speak for themselves without making overt musical reference to the genres he is borrowing from (such as on the intro to "Distance"). Mostly, though, the sound is cluttered and ineffective, rendering cheesy what was once gorgeous. The music is at its best when it simply moves along without ceding song structure, vocal hooks, or Americanized instrumentation, like on "Conception." This is rare, though, and Kale exotifies the music without necessarily adding anything substantial to it.

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Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036105126
catalogNumber:
1051
Rank:
143674

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Realize 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I lived in an apartment building I would love it if this guy lived there too! His songs are saturated with the middle eastern rythms and the tempo of belly dance. Yet, it is almost aboriginal too. The vocals are haunting. LOVE IT!
Dustin_M More than 1 year ago
I just don't understand how anyone can listen to this album and come to hate it--lest, of course, they simply hate music, period. Honestly, unless you've heard just how well Karsh Kale blends traditional Indian and Middle Eastern instrumentals with high-energy synthesizer beats and eerie, harmonious vocals, you haven't experienced 21st-century tabla-electronica at its finest. It's sincerely hard for me to choose a favorite from the thirteen tracks on this album. From the philosophically provocative Empty Hands and the dynamic, dance-worthy Distance to the esoteric Fabric and the deeply emotive Longing, one's sure to understand and appreciate the artistic gift with which this gentleman has been blessed. Listen with your heart and your mind as well as your ears, friend, because Karsh Kale will indeed make you "Realize" just what good music is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For starters, the "All Music Guide" review of this album is wrong. This is a beautiful album and it deserves a lot more praise and a lot less criticism. As a musician and DJ with many musical tastes I have got to say that "Realize" is an amazing record. If you are a drummer, or make programmed beats (or have a rhythmic appreciation) this is the album for you. get it.