Volume 5: Anatomic

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On Anatomic, the Afro Celt Sound System return as a streamlined quartet and to their original name. Following the CD/DVD remix project Pod, this is welcome return to the sound the band initiated on Seed. This is a group whose members no longer care about programming as their primary function, but instead work together -- writing, performing, and jamming -- as a band. The 14 guests here range from Celtic fiddle wizard Eileen Ivers to griot and kora master N'Faly Kouyate. The sheer heaviness and thudding beats are evident from the album's first cut, "When I Still Needed You," with the mighty Dorothee Munyaneza on vocals. Sevara Nazarkhan duets with the Afro Celts' tenor, Iarla...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On Anatomic, the Afro Celt Sound System return as a streamlined quartet and to their original name. Following the CD/DVD remix project Pod, this is welcome return to the sound the band initiated on Seed. This is a group whose members no longer care about programming as their primary function, but instead work together -- writing, performing, and jamming -- as a band. The 14 guests here range from Celtic fiddle wizard Eileen Ivers to griot and kora master N'Faly Kouyate. The sheer heaviness and thudding beats are evident from the album's first cut, "When I Still Needed You," with the mighty Dorothee Munyaneza on vocals. Sevara Nazarkhan duets with the Afro Celts' tenor, Iarla O'Lionaird, on "My Secret Bliss," a seductive, deliriously romantic track created for nocturnal listening. Texture is everything on this recording. "Mojave" is a slow, gently swirling and droning piece with O'Lionaird working at the upper end of his register to reveal some of the mystery in the desert, and it works wonderfully as the cut shifts tempo and Emer Mayock's Uilleann pipes enter the fray in tandem with sequencers and James McNally's Edge-style pulsing guitars. The sheer loping beauty of "Mother," with its programmed sequencers elegantly making room for the pipes, acoustic guitars, and hand drums, is alone worth the price of the set, but when Munyaneza's vocal slips in through the back door and is joined by O'Lionaird's, it becomes transcendent. Ultimately, Anatomic is fresh sounding while retaining all the elements that made the Afro Celt Sound System so unique. It is a pleasure from start to finish, and may be their strongest album overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108012727
  • Catalog Number: 133
  • Sales rank: 111,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When I Still Needed You (8:16)
  2. 2 My Secret Bliss (7:04)
  3. 3 Mojave (10:35)
  4. 4 Sené (Working the Land) (5:59)
  5. 5 Beautiful Rain (4:59)
  6. 6 Anatomic (5:24)
  7. 7 Mother (6:29)
  8. 8 Dhol Dogs (6:25)
  9. 9 Drake (6:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Afro Celt Sound System Primary Artist
Eileen Ivers Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Ron Aslan Guest Appearance
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy, Guest Appearance
Hossam Ramzy Percussion, Guest Appearance
Richard Marcangelo Percussion, Guest Appearance
James McNally Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Harmonium, Keyboards, Human Whistle, Kalimba, Bodhran, Low Whistle
Martin Russell Keyboards
Simon Emmerson Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Cittern
Johnny Kalsi Percussion, Drums, Tabla, Dhol, Guest Appearance
Moussa Sissikho Djembe, talking drum, Guest Appearance
Iarla Ó Lionáird Vocals
Emer Mayock Flute, uillean pipes, Guest Appearance
Francis Hylton Bass, Bass Guitar, Guest Appearance
Sevara Nazarkhan Vocals, Guest Appearance
N'Faly Kouyate Vocals, Kora, Guest Appearance
Simon "Mass" Massey Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Ian Markin Drums, Guest Appearance
Dorothee Munyaneza Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mass Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ron Aslan Programming
James McNally Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production, Whistle
Martin Russell Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Simon Emmerson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ian Cooper Mastering
Marc Bessant Logo Design
Sevara Nazarkhan Composer
Simon "Mass" Massey Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Dorothee Munyaneza Composer
Simon 'Mass' Massey Audio Production
Mass Programming
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