Tongues

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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Most of Roth's albums contain some vocals, but they seldom pull in front of the percussive textures. Tongues brings the voice and melodic lines to the footlights. "Psalm" sets the voices as a gospel choir, with the soprano sax Cornelius Bumpus crying as soloist. "Suma" has a saucy, virile South American bounce one of Roth's most lyrical pieces; featured is Cyro Baptista on vocals and percussion. "Silver Desert Cafe" is a colorful piece, slightly intoxicated, with the flavor of an Egyptian "cantina." On "Chatter," Robert Ansell plays the tone box while a variety of sharp-toned percussion instruments compete in spitfire rapidity; the vocals here are harmonic drones Carter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Most of Roth's albums contain some vocals, but they seldom pull in front of the percussive textures. Tongues brings the voice and melodic lines to the footlights. "Psalm" sets the voices as a gospel choir, with the soprano sax Cornelius Bumpus crying as soloist. "Suma" has a saucy, virile South American bounce one of Roth's most lyrical pieces; featured is Cyro Baptista on vocals and percussion. "Silver Desert Cafe" is a colorful piece, slightly intoxicated, with the flavor of an Egyptian "cantina." On "Chatter," Robert Ansell plays the tone box while a variety of sharp-toned percussion instruments compete in spitfire rapidity; the vocals here are harmonic drones Carter Burwell and asides from turntable master DJ Chill Freez. Like some Cuban space rock opera, the title cut funks and grooves with a real stand made by the women. "Rest Your Tears Here" has a heavy Louisiana blues feeling; Monty leads the hypnotic song/poem, while the women's voices follow like echoes down empty city streets. "Ram" is composed by Jai Uttal, is an Indian-flavored chant honoring the ancient god; Allison Cornell's violin and viola are dynamic, yet mournful. The suspenseful "Stillpoint" features the zenlike bamboo flute of Steve Gorn. Music director Gabrielle Roth listen for her as the Spirit on "Ram" sets a new direction with this colorful album, with many gems by the contributing artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/1995
  • Label: Raven
  • UPC: 736998595920
  • Catalog Number: 5959
  • Sales rank: 149,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psalm (5:44)
  2. 2 Suma (5:17)
  3. 3 Silver Desert Cafe (5:34)
  4. 4 Chatter (4:19)
  5. 5 Tongues (3:33)
  6. 6 Rest Your Tears Here (5:25)
  7. 7 Ram (5:43)
  8. 8 Stillpoint (6:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors Primary Artist
Gabrielle Roth Indexed Contributor
Omar Hakim Drums
Cornelius Bumpus Soprano Saxophone
Steve Gorn Flute
Lili Añel Vocals
Robert Ansell Drums
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Vocals
Rocky Bryant Percussion
Carter Burwell Vocals
Alan Childs Drums
Peter Eldridge Vocals
Mindy Jostyn Vocals
Lenny Kaye Guitar
Lauren Kinhan Vocals
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson Shekere
David Rosenberg Drums
Gordon Ryan Percussion, Drums
Steve Scales Percussion
Marc Shulman Guitar
Ray Spiegel Tabla
T.M. Stevens Bass
Jai Uttal Vocals
Robert Een Cello
Allison Cornell Synthesizer, Violin, Viola, Vocals
Yossi Fine Bass
Delores Holmes Vocals
Arthur Hull Percussion
Raphael Synthesizer
Barbara Anel-Morris Vocals
Epizo Bangoura Balafon
DJ Chill Freez Turntables
David Emke Guitar
Amir Gwirtzman Nay
Monty Vocals
Serpentine Vocals
Technical Credits
Gabrielle Roth Composer, Producer
Robert Ansell Producer
Scott Ansell Producer, Engineer
Devin Emke Engineer
Tim Leitner Engineer
David Stone Engineer
Jai Uttal Composer
Allison Cornell Composer
Gene Heimlich Producer
Amir Gwirtzman Contributor
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